Remember Canon’s announcement earlier this month? Quite a few models can now be deployed as webcams for video calls and such. Hot on the heels of this announcement, FUJIFILM releases their own take on this: Convert your X and GFX series mirrorless cameras into webcams. Please welcome: X Webcam!
When the current Pandemic gained momentum earlier this year, there was a time when it was really difficult to buy a half-way decent webcam. So if your laptop did not offer one you couldn’t really participate in the work-from-home-groove while staying connected via video call. Canon was the first to release their EOS Webcam Utility (as a beta). Now, Japan-based FUJIFILM has developed their own utility for that exact purpose, the X Webcam software.
FUJIFILM X Webcam
First things first. There’s one major downside we need to talk about: The freshly released tool supports Microsoft Windows only for now. Hopefully there will be a macOS version available shortly but for now we’re stuck with Windows. The tool connects to your camera via USB and from that point on you can use your favorite X or GFX camera as a good’ol webcam but with a tremendeous boost in picture quality of course!
These are the FUJIFILM cameras that are supported by this new piece of software:
- GFX 100, GFX 50S & GFX 50R
- X-Pro2 & X-Pro3
- X-T2, X-T3 & X-T4
If you really want to use a FUJIFILM GFX 100, worth roughly ten grand (that’s without a lens), as a webcam is a question I can’t really answer but.. why not? All the benefits one can expect when using a decent camera are available with this X Webcam tool, of course. Enjoy video calls with the Eterna film simulation profile engaged if you want!
This new tool is free of charge and you can download it here and a tutorial demonstrating how to install and connect your camera can be seen below
Do you think this is useful for your workflow? Share your thoughts in the comments below!