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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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Registered: ‎08-31-2020

Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

Did you ever figure this out?  I've watched a few of these videos and they look like you just plug it into the adapter and power it on and you're set, but I can only view pictures I've already taken, not use the camera as a video source. 

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Registered: ‎09-07-2020

Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

I'm not sure if you found a solution to this yet.  I have the same camera and was trying to do the same with my Elgato Capture device.  After searching I found this artical --> https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-make-a-canon-powershot-into-a-webcam  Just mabe it works for you.  I will try it when I get off of work.  Lets compare notes.  

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Registered: ‎10-03-2020

Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

Did your solution work? I am having the exact same problem. Any help would be appreciated.

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Registered: ‎10-26-2020

Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

Hello there.  I am wondering the same thing.  I have the same camera, and was debating using it as a streaming camera instead of my webcam.  Perhaps the autofocus will provide extra clarity.  Did you ever come to any conclusion?
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Registered: ‎09-07-2020

Re: Powershot SX530 HS as a webcam

We to everyone’s question. I’ve tried all avenues and could not get the powershot to work. Not even on my TV using the HDMI out. So I have abandoned the idea and upgraded to a real DSLR EOS M50 Mirrorless which work right out the box. I know that’s not what you all wanted to here. I pray someone finds the solution as I still have that camera and would like to added it to the ministry.
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