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How to use a DSLR as a webcam (Step-by-step guide)

Are you interested in video recording and live streaming but don’t have access to a webcam, or are you tired of your webcam’s quality and want something more professional?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to use any DSLR as a webcam.

You can get beautifully clear videos by following these easy steps.



How to use a DSLR as a webcam – What you will need


⦁ A camera with clean HDMI output

This ensures that the feed you get from your camera won’t include things like your camera’s interface and settings.

While this isn’t the case for most cameras, it would be wise to do a quick search on google by typing your camera model followed by clean HDMI output.

If you are interested in buying a DSLR, feel free to check out our Sony a68 Vs Nikon D3300 comparison.


⦁ An AC adapter

This is important for those you are going to live stream for long lengths of time. an AC adapter transfers power directly from your power outlet to the camera.

Here are some adapters you might want to check out.


Smartpow ACK-E18 Camera AC Adapter Power Supply Charger Kit

Gonine AC-PW20 AC Power Supply Adapter and DC Coupler Charger Set



⦁ An HDMI interface unit

This transfers the camera feed to your computer. You can take a look at some of the various options below.


BlueAVS Audio Video Capture Cards

Elgato Game Capture Card HD60

Tendak Capture Card



How to use a DSLR as a webcam – Solution

The first thing you need to do is connect HDMI interface unit (or capture card) to the camera. Next, you connect the interface unit to your computer.

Afterwards, open up your live streaming or video chat application. You then select your camera as the interface unit.

You might get some delay between audio and video if you are using a microphone that isn’t connected directly to the camera. This depends on your camera, computer, and HDMI interface unit.

You can fix this delay by connecting your microphone to your camera directly, if your camera has a microphone port.

You can also go into your streaming application, and manually adjust the timing. (not all streaming applications have this).



Once you have completed all these steps, you are ready to live stream with your DSLR. Do keep in mind that this works with other types of cameras.

Hope you found this helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment below.