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Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

I'm trying to use the SX530 HS as a webcam.  I have a Magewell USB Capture Plus converter and when I plug in the HDMI from the camera in the camera mode it displays no signal.  If I am in the view photos mode it will display ok.  How do I get it to display in the camera mode?  I have ordered the USB mini B but have not received it. yet.

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Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

This has become quite a common question recently.  The answer though is you can't use cameras as web cams.

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Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam


@Nevets wrote:

I'm trying to use the SX530 HS as a webcam.  I have a Magewell USB Capture Plus converter and when I plug in the HDMI from the camera in the camera mode it displays no signal.  If I am in the view photos mode it will display ok.  How do I get it to display in the camera mode?  I have ordered the USB mini B but have not received it. yet.


You cannot use your camera as a web cam via USB.  The computer's OS sees a mass storage device, not a camera. 

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Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

I am using a video capture device.  You plug in the cameras HDMI output into the device and performs its magic and outputs a video input via usb3 to the computer.  Then when you open skype or zoom and select The "USB Capture HDMI" the input from your camera is used as a webcam.  It's pretty slick if you have the right DSLR. It's looking like I have the wrong camera but I want to make sure I'm not missing something.

 

There are numerous youtube videos on this subject.  Just do a youtube for using your DSLR camera as a webcam with a capture device.

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Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

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"It's pretty slick if you have the right DSLR. It's looking like I have the wrong camera but I want to make sure I'm not missing something."

 

Yes, you may need a real DSLR.. If putting your camera into video mode does not provide what you need on the HDMI output, then you may have the wrong camera.  

 

[EDIT]. But, even a DSLR is not the correct camera for use as a web cam.  Dash cameras and camcorders work better.  Even better, use an actual web cam.

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