Question about Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera
Just wondering if I can use my powershot as a webcam?
SOURCE: Powershot SD1000 as webcam
I tired to do this with my SD600 and could not figure it out but I think it is possible with some changes to the camera like this
anyway I have not tried it because they don't support the sd600 so I have no idea if this is safe or works.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
The camera has a video output, if I remember correctly. Most of the
models come with the video output adaptor cable. With some models that
have the option, the cable has to be purchased separately.
For the computer you need a video capture card with the capture software, and that your web conference program would be compatible with.
When using the camera as a live video camera, it is best to have the optional AC power supply. You will find that the batteries will not last very long. This camera was designed primarily to be used as a photo camera.
You cannot use the USB output of the camera for live video. The USB output can only transfer recorded video and photos from the memory card. It is not able to stream a live output as like a webcam.
By-the-way, Canon will not support using a camera of this type for a web cam. They actualy take it as an insult.
It is best to get a dedicated webcam. These are very low in cost, and are appropriate for the application. The video bandwidth will be very large when using a photo camera as a webcam. You better make sure you have unlimited data usage with a good high speed ISP. There may be delays during high traffic times, and if someone wants to communicate with you using a dialup modem, it will probably be impossible.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
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