Can Nikon D5600 Wifi Connect Directly To Your Mac

Working from home has become the new norm for most of us, with meeting rooms now replaced by the likes of Zoom, Hangouts, or Skype. But if your laptop’s built-in webcam isn’t up to scratch, you may have been wondering how to use your DSLR or mirrorless as a webcam – and we’re here to show you how.

Of course, you could just buy a standalone webcam instead, but there are two issues with that. Firstly, many of the best webcams are now sold out (although we have a handy feature that reveals where to buy a webcam). Also, many simply can’t match the professional quality or resolution of the camera you already have.

Using your DSLR or mirrorless camera as a webcam isn’t quite as straightforward as plugging it into your laptop, even if Canon recently offered a handy software solution to its US users on this front. But there two main approaches, one using USB and a superior method over HDMI, that are broadly the same for most cameras, which we’ve outlined below.

That said, as that Canon software shows, there can also be small differences depending on whether you have a Canon, Nikon Camera connect as Webcam for your Mac. So we approached each manufacturer to give us guidance and tips relating to their camera ranges, which we’ve included further down this page.

Other things to be aware of:

  • Most webcams have wide-angle lenses, so it’s easy to stay in the frame. If you primarily want to use this setup for video calls, you’ll want to use the widest lens you have for your DSLR or mirrorless camera, otherwise, your video calls will be all face and you’ll constantly drift out of frame.
  • You also should try to use the fastest lens you have available. The lower the aperture (the number after the f/ on your camera’s lens), the more blurred and pleasant your background will look. You’ll want to be at least at f/2.8, but if you can go lower, that’s better. I set my 16mm Fujifilm lens to its lowest aperture of f/1.4 for the best effect.
  • Your camera likely has some sort of face detect autofocus, which you should enable. That way if you shift your seat or move, it will just follow your face to stay in focus. You will probably hear your lens refocusing as it keeps track of you, but odds are people on the other end of your video chats will not hear it.
  • Keeping the camera constantly on and feeding live video to your computer for long periods of time can make the parts in your camera hot, and in some instances, a camera might shut down if it overheats. It’s smart to turn off your camera in between calls.

Use a Third-Party App

If your camera is supported, you can use a third-party application to turn your DSLR, prosumer, or compact camera into a webcam. The Windows-only Sparkocam works with a large variety of Canon cameras and a small number of Nikon cameras, too.

Unfortunately, Sparkocam has its problems. One Redditor noted “it’s bulky and full of bloatware.” Another remarked that he or she “cannot remove the demo of spark cam (sic)” from the computer. Another shared that he or she “tried using eos and Sparkocam but I am unhappy with how laggy the video is.”

Based on our research, there aren’t presently any alternatives to Sparkocam, and it’s pricey. There are separate versions for Canon and Nikon, one that supports both, and another that focuses on the app’s other features, like green-screen and filters. A single-user license for your system of choice is $50 ($70 if you want to use both Nikon and Canon systems).

It’s hard to recommend Sparkocam, but, for some people, there might not be an alternative. So, if you find yourself in this boat, you use Windows, and you don’t have any other alternatives, Sparkocam is your best bet. Before you buy the app, though, you might want to read on and consider the HDMI route.

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