Webcams are very hard to find at the moment due to our pandemic-induced reliance on video chat to stay in touch with friends and family. If you own a Fujifilm camera, though, you may not need a webcam.
Today, Fujifilm launched a new piece of software for Windows 10 that allows a number of its digital camera models to function as a webcam. The software is called Fujifilm X Webcam and it will work with just about any Windows PC seeing as the base hardware requirements are 2GB of RAM and a Pentium or Core 2 Quad processor.
The list of compatible models is limited to the X Series and GFX System cameras, but includes the GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4. Fujifilm points out that, “the enhanced quality of our digital cameras compared to built in webcams will improve your web conference with help from advanced functions such as the Film Simulation modes, which delivers Fujifilm’s unique color profiles.”
As well as a Windows 10 PC and a camera from the list above, you’ll also need a USB cable to connect the two. Fujifilm recommends that you configure your camera to have PRE-AF, Face/Eye Detection, and USB power turned on. The Exposure setting should be full auto, and the focus mode set to AF-S. More details about settings can be found in the “Configuring the Camera” section of Fujifilm’s webcam help page.
If you don’t own a compatible model, or even a Fujifilm camera, don’t worry as there are alternatives. It’s also possible to use a Canon DSLR camera as a webcam, and PCMag produced a guide on how to turn your smartphone into a wireless webcam.