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Fujifilm has released its software for Mac that enables its X-series mirrorless cameras to be used as high-quality webcams.

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The Fujifilm X Webcam tool was initially released for Windows PCs in May. Fujifilm later said it would offer a Mac version in mid-July due to the "overwhelming response" of its customers when it released the app for PC.

Fujifilm, Canon and Panasonic have developed software that brings webcam functionality to their cameras. The cameras are connected via a USB cable and offer a sharper picture for video calls.

Fujifilm has expanded the number of X-series mirrorless cameras that work with its Fujifilm X Webcam software, with the X-T200 and X-A7 now supported. Other cameras already supported include the X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4. Fujifilm X Webcam also works with all three GFX medium format cameras.

Fujifilm lists the X Webcam software as compatible with Chrome and Edge browsers, with support for Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, and Messenger Rooms.

Article Link: Fujifilm Releases Webcam Software for macOS
 

yellow8

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I suppose this will be helpful for the "Vloggers".
For the standard user, I think they will stay with the simplicity of the embedded webcams. Almost all macs (except the mac mini) have one.
 
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Malus120

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Finally. I'm super psyched for this.

I suppose this will be helpful for the "Vloggers".
For the standard user, I think they will stay with the simplicity of the embedded webcams. Almost all macs (except the mac mini) have one.
I'm sorry but no this isn't just for "vloggers." For anyone who has to use a webcam for a professional purpose (business meetings, conferences, interviews, etc) Apple's Mac webcams are pretty embarrassing by modern standards.
Trust me I've tried both (along with the iPhone front/back cameras) and can honestly say using a a Fujifilm Camera (or really any ILC) is a monumental improvement if you care at all about looking professional.
 
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chasing.stoke

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My X-T30 is not supported although it's essentially the same camera as X-T3 in a cheaper plastic body. That's a ****** move.

I'm feeling the same way. Honestly, I'm not sure how they are justifying this move.

I saw that they weren't mentioned in the release but figured the journalists were just saving space. I am really disappointed by this.
 
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mazz0

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What's a mirrorless camera? Well, I mean, it's obvious what it is, but why is it good to not have mirrors inside cameras?
 
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Malus120

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What's a mirrorless camera? Well, I mean, it's obvious what it is, but why is it good to not have mirrors inside cameras?
Basically the summaries of these two articles should give you a pretty clear idea:

Basically it can be summarized as, in the past a mirror was necessary so that you could look through the viewfinder and see through the lens, roughly a decade ago technology progressed to the degree that such an analog approach has slowly (particularly in the last few years) become unnecessary (as you can now just send a digital feed to the viewfinder in realtime with almost no downsides) for all but a few applications (although some people PREFER an optical viewfinder instead of an electronic one)
 
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doraemonkey

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Are the X-T200 and X-A7 really supported? They aren't listed on the Fuji compatibility page

All of this doesn't matter to me, I just have a Fujifilm X-E3. I wonder what the criteria for compatibility is, USB connectivity? Processing Power?
 
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Finally a smart idea to help the Camerachips to fail faster. They weren't designed to be permanent image capture chips.
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If only Sony would come to the party
Sony seems to have a little more customer responsibility.
 
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Finally a smart idea to help the Camerachips to fail faster. They weren't designed to be permanent image capture chips.
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Sony seems to have a little more customer responsibility.

Most dSLR and mirrorless cameras are also serious video cameras these days. I'm a professional wedding photographer and about 75% of the videographers I shoot with shoot exclusively on either dSLR systems or mirrorless. Some of the most popular are the Panasonic GH4 and GH5, the Fuji X-T3 and X-T4 and the Canon 5D series. They're absolutely designed to capture video over long periods.

The thing that fails on cameras is generally the mechanical shutter, not the CMOS itself.

Canon are today releasing the R5 which will shoot 8K video. Modern sensors can absolutely handle being a webcam.
 
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I suppose this will be helpful for the "Vloggers".
For the standard user, I think they will stay with the simplicity of the embedded webcams. Almost all macs (except the mac mini) have one.

Webcam is nonexistent on all headless unit, they still rely on 3rd party web cam or from display (if had web cam) and you forget the Mac Pro.
 
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rmatosinhos

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If only Sony would come to the party
There is an option for Sony. You need to install cameralive and CamTwist. The on cam twist select the cameralive as a syphon
it is expected that Sony will release an app new camera, not sure if it will compatible with the old ones
 
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Morgenland

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Most dSLR and mirrorless cameras are also serious video cameras these days. I'm a professional wedding photographer and about 75% of the videographers I shoot with shoot exclusively on either dSLR systems or mirrorless. Some of the most popular are the Panasonic GH4 and GH5, the Fuji X-T3 and X-T4 and the Canon 5D series. They're absolutely designed to capture video over long periods.

The thing that fails on cameras is generally the mechanical shutter, not the CMOS itself.

Thanks for the answer.
Of course you can also film with those cameras. And you can do that as long as the battery capacity or memory card allows it.
But a webcam is by definition something that can stream unlimited.
Are you sure the CMOS of the cameras mentioned is generic designed for such application?
In the datasheets I do not find any relevant information...
 
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stevet

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Finally. I'm super psyched for this.


I'm sorry but no this isn't just for "vloggers." For anyone who has to use a webcam for a professional purpose (business meetings, conferences, interviews, etc) Apple's Mac webcams are pretty embarrassing by modern standards.
Trust me I've tried both (along with the iPhone front/back cameras) and can honestly say using a a Fujifilm Camera (or really any ILC) is a monumental improvement if you care at all about looking professional.

I would suggest you’re not using the iPhone camera correctly or your lighting isn’t very good if you think it’s not up to par for meeting use. Most of not all iPhones now can do 4K video.
 
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