Turn Canon g16 Into a Webcam
Canon Powershot G16 Camera
(Use As a Webcam ?)
"How do I turn my Powershot G16 into a webcam ?"
Thanks for asking about turning your Canon G16 into a webcam. That question is coming across my desk more than any other question about Canon cameras.
How to turn a Powershot camera into a webcam.
Canon makes a specific utility to enable users to use their cameras as webcams. The large majority of the Canon cameras listed on the Canon website that can be used as webcams are EOS cameras.
The only "G" series cameras listed are the PowerShot G5 X Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Mark III. The Canon G16 camera is a fine camera, but it came out in 2013. That's long before the Covid-19 pandemic permeated our society and spurred on the use of social distancing through video chatting like Zoom, Skype, and others. I'm guessing that Canon and other camera makers will be incorporating the webcam feature in most new digital cameras and will do so going forward
Here is the link to the Canon software that enables using cameras as webcams: Canon Webcam Utility
Canon G16 Video Specs
The Powershot G16 is a very capable camera that can produce solid quality video. It's 12 MP 4000 × 3000 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor can shoot HD (1920 x 1080) video at 60 or 30 fps. Although they're lower resolution the G16 also has a couple of fun Super Slow Motion
movie modes with two recording speeds, 640 x 480 at 120fps and 320 x 240 at 240fps.
You can try one of the Canon utilities to enable your Canon G16 to double as a webcam. You might also simply call Canon directly and get hold of one of the technicians who is knowledgeable specifically with this issue. The USA Canon phone number is (800) 652-2666. Please let us know how you make out with this. There are many other Canon Geek
readers who would appreciate it.
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