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Camera As Webcam

I'm wondering if it's possible to use my Powershot A80 as a webcam. I've heard of this being done with other digital cameras and I can use my A80 in a similar way (that is getting a moving picture on my computer screen) when I use remote shooting in Zoom Browser EX (which is the software that came with my camera). Anyone know if this is possible and if so how I might accomplish it.? Thanks.

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For those interested... It is possible to use a Powershot camera as a webcam thou it requires 2 softwares: 1)PSremote 2)Softcam Basically I used psremote to create a viewfinder on the screen and den use Softcam as a virtual video capture device to capture the image on the "viewfinder". I tried and tested on MSN and it works. For software or more indepth instructions, feel free to email me at with the subject "Powershot Webcam". p/s: I'm using a Powershot A80. Juz tot u might like to have more uses for ur camera...

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