Anyone who owns a Canon camera system has been able to use it as a webcam via free software since last year. A new Canon EOS Webcam kit should make this even easier because buyers will find everything they need to convert their camera into a webcam.
Even more than a year after the outbreak of the pandemic, laptops are still equipped with miserable webcams, but it may not be necessary to buy an expensive webcam to look better in video chats. Many camera manufacturers, including Sony, Fujifilm, and Canon, allow their cameras to be used as a webcam, usually via a USB or HDMI cable in conjunction with free software.
Canon is now going one step further by announcing a new Canon webcam accessory kit. The contents of the kit vary depending on which camera it is intended for, but buyers will always receive a suitable cable to connect the camera to the computer and an adapter with which the camera can be supplied with power from a socket. A tripod is missing, however, this must be purchased separately as usual.
Price and availability
Canon currently offers three different kits, one for EOS M cameras (M50, M50 Mark II & M200), one for EOS SLR cameras, and one for EOS RP cameras.
The EOS RP is quite a bit more expensive and shipping will begin from March 20, 2021. In the video embedded below, Canon shows the kit in action.
Apart from this kit, Canon has also introduced the new content creator kit for the EOS M50 Mark II mirrorless camera bundles the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM standard zoom lens with the HG-100TBR Tripod Grip for steadier shooting, the DM-E100 Directional Microphone for improved audio quality, and the IFC-600PCU Interface Cable for connecting the camera to a computer for using the camera as a webcam.