We all have webcams at home, right? And with the global pandemic kicking in, its requirement has become all the more important, thanks to the work from home scenario that has become the new normal. With video conferencing becoming the only way to interact with everyone, the demand for good webcams have seen a massive surge. As webcams go off the shelf, finding decent ones has become a challenge. Sensing this, Fujifilm recently came up with an app which can allow your camera to function as a webcam. Interesting isn’t it?
A few months back, Fuji launched a new software or app that allows certain Fuji digital cameras to function as a webcam. Named as Fujifilm X Webcam, this software works with any PC having Windows 10 and hardware requirements as simple as a Core 2 Quad Processor or Pentium and a RAM of about 2 Gb. Now many of you may wonder what about those with Mac machines. Well, the good news is that Fuji has also made this software available for computers with a Mac OS, ranging from macOS 10.12 to macOS 10.15. However, do remember to exit from CaptureOne, HS-V5, Lightroom plugin, X Acquire and X RAW studio while using the app.
The software will work for specific X-Series and GFX-series mirrorless cameras. All you need to do is plug in your camera to your computer with a USB cable and boom, your webcam is ready to use. Some of the camera models with which the app Fujifilm X Webcam is compatible include GFX 50R, GFX100, X-H1, X-Pro3, X-T3, GFX 50S, X-T2, X-Pro2, and X-T4. Although the app has been updated, the list of Fujifilm camera models for which it will work pretty much has remained the same.Hopefully, the company will add newer models in later versions of the app/software.
The company, however, advises to configure the camera to have eye or face detection, PRE-AF and that the USB power is switched on. It is also important to set the focus mode to AF-S and the exposure to full auto. They further confirm that the quality of their digital cameras is definitely superior to any computer’s built-in camera and that it will create a better viewing experience, which is further enhanced by virtue of features like the Film Simulation mode that gives the option of using Fujifilm’s exclusive color profiles. For those of you thinking if there is a price to be paid for using the app, well the good news is that it free as of now.
But like every other software, this too comes with a certain challenge. The app usually does not work with Safari. While it conveniently supports collaboration platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, OBS Studio and LINE, these have to be accessed over Chrome or Chromium-based Edge from Microsoft.
Though a revolution in the camera usage space, the sad part of this innovation is that experts forsee many webcam manufacturers going out of business. With more and more camera manufacturing companies taking this approach, webcam manufaturers have a strong competition to deal with. This aside, for those who do a lot of live streaming, the Fujifilm X Webcam makes softwares like Atem Mini Pro or even Blackmagic Atem Mini kind of redundant. Softwares like OBS allow a user to easily to perform activites and switching and previewing easy.
By introducing a software or app like the X Webcam, Fuji has definitely stepped up its game in the camera space and it’s about time that other such companies piull up their socks to keep pace with the present times and cater to the new mode of collaboration.