How to Use your FUJIFILM Camera as a Webcam

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As social distancing and work from home became a way of life for a large percentage of the population, we saw an immediate increase in the number of video calls and virtual meetings taking place. Just because you can get away without wearing pants on some of these calls—not recommended, mind you—doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to look your best. And what camera makes you look your best? Well, your brilliant FUJIFILM X Series or GFX mirrorless, of course. This is why FUJIFILM responded to present times with the launch of the FUJIFILM X Webcam software utility that allows you to use your excellent camera as a webcam.

Why Use a FUJIFILM Camera Instead of a Webcam?

For many, the built-in webcam of their computer or tablet or smartphone is good enough. But if you want to look your best, you’ll want a camera that delivers the best quality. There are many reasons why:

    • FUJIFILM cameras deliver higher-quality images.
    • Mirrorless cameras offer full manual control.
    • Lens choice can give you a different look than the usual wide-angle of webcams.
    • Cameras can be placed anywhere you want.
    • Larger sensors on mirrorless provide better low-light performance with less noise.
    • FUJIFILM Film Simulations add instant style to your footage.
       

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The simplest reason is that if you want better quality, you should use a better camera.

Recommended Cameras and Equipment

Step one is to make sure you have a compatible camera (and computer). The FUJIFILM X Webcam software is Windows-only at the moment, and supports the following:

For a current list, please consult FUJIFILM’s Compatibility List.

You’ll want to have one of these cameras, make sure it is updated to the latest firmware, and then install the utility on a computer running Windows 10. Once you follow the instructions to download and install the application, you are ready to set up your camera.

How to Set Up your Camera and Computer

Due to the many quirks of cameras and the webcam software, you’ll have to be careful with getting all your settings in order before you connect everything. Fortunately, the simplest part is the actual connection to your computer. Just get the USB cable that came with your camera and plug it into your camera and the computer you are using.

You’ll want to make sure your camera is in the right modes before doing that.

    • Set your camera to still photography mode (including the STILL/MOVIE Dial on the X-T4).
    • Drive mode should be S, for single frame.
    • For Connection Setting, choose “USB Tether Shooting Auto,” or if that isn’t available on your model select “USB Auto.”

The above are mandatory, though FUJIFILM does make some recommendations:

    • For AF/MF Setting > Pre-AF, set it to On.
    • Also, under AF/MF Setting is Face/Eye Detection, set it to Face Detection On.
    • On select cameras, you should turn USB Power Supply Setting to On.
    • Exposure can be set to Full Auto.
    • Focus Mode should be AF-S.

Once you have the camera settings and application working together, all you have to do is open up your video conferencing software of choice and select “FUJIFILM X Webcam” as your camera. There you go! Enjoy higher-quality video for your meetings.

Alternative Methods and More Info on Streaming

If your camera isn’t on the list, you don’t have a compatible computer, or you are looking for an even higher-quality way, you should check out this article on Using a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera as a Webcam.

For more information on streaming or learning how to set up another brand or type of camera for use as a webcam, please stop by the B&H Livestream Center. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

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