Is your webcam broken? Are you not satisfied with the video quality your current webcam offers? Do you want to do something more with your DSLR than just clicking pictures and shooting videos? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this post here is just for you. Today, we’re gonna show you how to use your DSLR with your computer or your laptop as a webcam.
Step 1: The first thing to do would be to download SparkoCam as this is the software that makes using your DSLR as a webcam possible. Here is the link to download SparkoCam.
Step 2: After you have downloaded the software and installed it on your laptop/computer, connect your DSLR using the mini USB-USB cable or the micro USB-USB cable to the computer. These cables are shipped with the DSLR when you buy it.
After you have connected the SLR to the computer, open SparkoCam and you will see the software recognizing the camera model. This will be displayed under the “Device” tab.
Clicking on your camera name will take you to a menu where you will be able to change the resolution of the video or the picture you want to take using the DSLR as the webcam and not only that, you can also change various other parameters like the aperture, exposure and shutter speed. You will need to set the camera’s focus according to your distance from the camera.
After you have done all this, you can then add various filters and even some cute clip art like hats, glasses, mustache among various others. This can be done by clicking on the “Effects” tab.
The DSLR is now set to be used as your webcam.
Step 3: Now open the app you want to use the webcam with, such as Skype. Go to Tools > Options > Video Settings and you will see the option for choosing the webcam. Select SparkoCam as the input and you will see the feed from your DSLR being displayed on the screen.
Congratulations, you have successfully set up your DSLR to be used as a replacement for your laptop or computer’s webcam. There are however some terms and conditions to this method. You will have to use an external mic or your computer’s mic as the DSLR’s mic does not work by this method. Also, though most of the popular Nikon and Canon DSLR models are supported by SparkoCam, not all DSLR cameras are supported. Here is the list of supported DSLR cameras:
Canon Rebel XS, Canon Rebel XSi, Canon Rebel Kiss X2, Canon Kiss F, Canon Kiss X3, Canon Kiss X4, Canon Kiss X5, Canon Kiss X6i, Canon Kiss X7i, Canon Kiss X7, Canon Kiss F, Canon Kiss X50
Canon T1i, Canon T2i, Canon T3, Canon T3i, Canon T4i, Canon T5i, Canon SL1
Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 1Ds Mark II, Canon 1D Mark II N, Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 1D X
Canon 1000D, Canon 1100D, Canon 1200D, Canon 450D, Canon 500D, Canon 550D, Canon 600D, Canon 650D, Canon 700D, Canon 40D, Canon 50D, Canon 60D, Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Canon 1D C, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 100D, Canon 70D
Nikon D7100, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5300, Nikon D5200, Nikon D5100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D90, Nikon D800, Nikon D800E, Nikon D600, Nikon D610, Nikon D700, Nikon D4, Nikon Df, Nikon D4s, Nikon D300, Nikon D300s, Nikon D3, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3X
You can download the app for free but in case you want to lose the big watermark that appears on the video and pictures, you can buy it for $30. Leave your views in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.