INTRO: As the rise of the Coronavirus-led lockdowns is increasing in days, video conferencing saw a huge increase in the form of regular usage people has started to work from their homes. but getting a decent picture quality during a video call is out of the question as most of the laptops come with pretty basic (and inferior) cameras equipped in them.
So due to the current situation, major camera companies are now helping people use the DSLR and mirrorless cameras in the form of webcams to get a high-quality picture during their video calls or video conferencing. We also saw Canon taking the necessary steps. Now, the tech company Panasonic has stepped up and pushed an update to its Lumix Tether app that allows a user to use a Panasonic mirrorless camera as a webcam.
Now comes the Lumix Tether app is still in its beta form. It is a software that helps all the users stream the live feed of the camera with some on-screen elements on a laptop or a desktop. With a recent update, Panasonic gave support to use the cameras in video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Skype during video conferencing or calls.
All of this works by connecting the camera to a laptop or a desktop via a USB cable. Users can then remove the on-screen elements like the focus box and the control buttons to feed just the video to an app like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). After this, then you can transfer the video stream to any of the video-conferencing app of your choice. You can watch the video below to get much more details on how to set up your Panasonic camera as a webcam to your laptop.
Now, unlike Canon’s software, the Lumix Tether app is currently only available for the Windows platform. So, all the Mac users with a Panasonic mirrorless camera will still have to rely on their FaceTime cameras for now unless the app comes for Ios users.