Can the Dimage Z10 be used as a webcam
Yes it can, most definitely. BUT do you really want to waste an expensive camera on something a proper Webcam can do?
Using your camera as a webcam is like using a Rolls Royce as a Pizza Delivery van, it does the job but it's a bit expensive.
Running your camera will obviously make it generate heat and heat over prolonged periods can affect fragile circuitry. Especially the CCD. Lost pixels is one problem and complete failure is another. I have a Z10 but it's been in a box downstairs for about 3 years. As I'm an invalid I can't get to it without getting someone to go searching (for hours)
Honestly, I'd rather advise you to buy a dedicated webcam which comes with the software required and runs out about $30.00 or less. OK the picture quality won't be as good as your Z10. Another problem is, where are you going to mount it? What software will you use to operate it as a webcam? and do you really want to tie up an expensive piece of equipment taking continuous pictures of yourself.?
If you insist on using the Z10 then you will have to check whatever software you use to chat on the Net has the ability to use a webcam. I know MSN does and just for test purposes I've used a digicam on MSN. I was told the received picture was good. If you intend actually talking as well then I'm not sure but I think you'll need a seperate mic as the internal camera mic is disabled except for movies. Sorry, I'm relying on memory here. I loaded my library of manuals but didn't find any mention of webcam use.
Try a shareware site for software to use for webcam and it should be a simple matter to plug your camera into the USB port using the supplied camera cable and switch your camera to, believe it or not, camera.
Simply getting your face on the screen isn't sufficient, it has to be shown within the webcam box.
So I'll advise against using the Z10 but if you must, you must. If you have any problems setting it up I'll get mine retrieved from downstairs and work it out for you.
Apr 14, 2010 |
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10 Digital Camera