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Can i use my canon digital ixus 75 camera as a web cam?

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Many people ask if they can use their digital camera as a webcam. In the early days of digital imaging, it made sense to dual-function a camera because a webcam was a serious investment. However, webcams are now so inexpensive that manufacturers are not considering this functionality important in their digital cameras. In fact even the word 'webcam' creates the impression of bad imaging, so associating this function with a camera actually makes the camera seem 'cheap'.

Your camera is actually quite a new, and a nice camera. It doesn't make a lot of sense for Canon to make it work as a webcam, because it's a waste. And in any case, you'd expect a webcam to be powered by a wall outlet or the USB... but most modern cameras like yours don't come with adapter-power, they have battery chargers instead. And they take too much current to use the USB power. By the time they'd added the extras to make it work properly as a webcam, you could BUY a USB webcam separately.

Anyway, back to your question... so, can your camera be used as a webcam? Probably not, but here's how you can tell. Make sure you've installed all the software you can find for your camera, power it up, and plug it in. Windows will tell you if it has a webcam function. If it's a webcam, then it will appear in "My Computer" as a device, right along with all the disk drives. To be sure, go to your control panel and select "Scanners and Cameras". Is your camera listed? If not... it's not a webcam.

In the unlikely event that you have a 'video in' on your computer, and that your camera has a 'video out' then you can follow the instructions on the sony site ("how to use a digital still camera as a webcam"); but most people will not have that yellow 'video in' connection.

Sorry this wasn't the news you really wanted.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011

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  • punsisica Feb 14, 2011

    My camera is listed in my computer as well as in the control panel.. now what to do?

  • Andy Feb 14, 2011

    Interesting - I wasn't expecting that! Well, what happens if you open it in "My Computer" - i.e. double click on it? The normal thing for modern cameras is that you'll see the files - the photos that you've taken. However, if it opens up with an actual live image - then it's working as a webcam! Try a program such as Skype which can use a webcam, and see if it finds it. I'm going to search the Internet and see if I can find any specific reference to your camera being used as a webcam - I'll be back.

  • Andy Feb 14, 2011

    I have searched the web, and also played with my own Canon camera (not quite the same as yours) and indeed it does show up in the explorer, but all you can see are the photos and movies already taken.

    I'm pretty sure that it's not possible to do this EASILY because I have found multiple sites with people asking how to do it (and no answers) and also there are people who are hacking the software in the camera to allow it to happen e.g.http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?top... and they would not do that if it was already possible with the software in the camera. If your camera has 'remote live view' function in the software suite, you can use a 'hack' like this guy here:http://vimeo.com/12352680 but my camera doesn't have that feature.

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SOURCE: canon ixus 75 digital camera reset?

The manual states that the battery door was opened during use. Close the battery door and turn it on and off. You may need to push it closed to make sure the battery connections are made.

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SOURCE: hi im using a canon digital ixus 9515 camera. can

This camera is designed to store images and videos to a memory card, not to stream them to a computer. It cannot be used as a webcam.

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