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Can I Use the Canon EOS R as a USB Webcam?

Yes, you can use your Canon EOS R as a webcam using a USB cable. 

All you need is:

  • The correct USB cable
  • The correct software 
  • A compatible webcam application

How Do I Use My Canon EOS R as a USB Webcam?

To use your Canon EOS R as a USB webcam you will need to:

  1. Have the right USB cable – Canon IFC-100U
  2. Have the Canon EOS Webcam Utility software
  3. Have a compatible application to use such as Zoom, Skype or OBS Studio.

This post will teach you how to achieve high quality video by using your Canon EOS R as a webcam using USB. 

What USB Cable Do I Need to Use My Canon EOS R as a Webcam?

To use your Canon EOS R as a USB webcam you will need an IFC-100U interface cable.

The IFC-100U interface cable is included in the box when you buy the Canon EOS R

If you need a spare cable then there are replacement cables on Amazon like the two examples below, either would work fine. 

The official Canon IFC-100U interface cable is a USB 3.1 Type C to Type C cable.

IFC-100U USB CABLES ON AMAZON:

Both cables above are USB-C to USB-C so you will need a USB-C port on your computer/laptop.

What Canon Software Do I Need to Use My Canon EOS R as a USB Webcam?

You will need to download and install the latest Canon EOS Webcam Utility software.

Here’s how to do that.

  1. Go to the Canon support website for the EOS Webcam Utility software.
  2. Scroll down to the section where it asks you to choose your camera model. You will want to choose the Canon EOS R.
  3. When you click on the Canon EOS R you should be taken to this page which is a support page for the Canon EOS R.
  4. Make sure you are on the ‘drivers and downloads’ tab and click on ‘software’.
  5. Choose the correct Windows or Mac operating system, it should default to the correct operating system as it normally detects this automatically. For example, if you are using Windows 10, then it will most likely detect ‘Windows 10’ or ‘Windows 10(x64)’
  6. Go down to the list of software and download the most recent version of ‘EOS Webcam Utility’ software for your operating system. Don’t get this confused with ‘EOS Utility’ which is different to ‘EOS Webcam Utility’.
  7. Once it is downloaded, open up the downloaded file which should look similar to this ‘EOSWebcamUtility-WIN1.1zip’. It might look slightly different depending on how recent your version is.
  8. It should be saved as a ‘.zip’ file. Open and extract the ‘.zip’ file. On Windows you can normally do this by right clicking and clicking ‘extract all’.
  9. Read the ‘readme.txt’ file and run the ‘setup.exe’ file within the folder.
  10. Follow the instructions that are shown until setup and installation is complete.
  11. Once installation is complete you should restart your computer.

*Note for Mac users

At the time of writing (January 2022) the Canon EOS Webcam Utility works with the following Mac OS:

  • 10.15 (Catalina)
  • 10.14 (Mojave)
  • 10.13 (High Sierra)

Now we will move on to show you how to set up your Canon EOS R to work as a USB webcam with the software you just downloaded.

How to Set up My Canon EOS R as a USB Webcam

  1. Turn on your Canon EOS R camera and set it to movie/video mode. 
  2. Adjust the settings until you have your desired look.
  3. Connect the USB cable we mentioned above to the camera. Your EOS R should have a USB-C port which you can plug the cable into. 
  4. Now open up your compatible application on your computer. This could be something like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype etc. (we include a more extensive list further below.)
  5. Locate the EOS Webcam Utility feed in your video settings for your webcam app. This should connect your camera’s video feed to your live streaming or video conferencing app.
  6. You should now have a much better quality image for your online video conferences or live streams. 

What Applications Are Compatible With EOS Webcam Utility?

The compatibility with different applications varies depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac.

Windows:

At the time of writing this article, the following applications are compatible with EOS Webcam Utility on Windows.

  • Cisco Webex
  • Discord
  • Facebook Live
  • Hangouts
  • Hangouts Meet
  • Messenger (Facebook)
  • Microsoft Teams 
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
  • Skype
  • Slack
  • Streamlabs
  • YouTube Live
  • Zoom

Mac:

At the time of writing Canon EOS Webcam Utility currently supports the following Mac OS:

  • 10.15 (Catalina)
  • 10.14 (Mojave)
  • 10.13 (High Sierra)

The compatibility with different applications varies depending on which Mac OS version you are using. 

To check for the specifics:

  1. Go to this link for the EOS Webcam Utility page.
  2. Scroll down to ‘CHOOSE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM’ and click on Mac.
  3. Now scroll down to the section with compatible apps.
  4. Under the list of compatible apps you will see a section which tells you to click on your specific Mac operating system to check for compatibility. 
  5. Click on the Catalina, Sierra or Mojave OS to see any specific compatibility issues. 

For example, some of the apps may only work in the browser version with certain operating systems.

Related Posts:

Did you know you can also use your Canon EOS R as a HDMI webcam.

If you’re not sure which method of using your EOS R as a webcam is best, then check out our post on the different ways to use the Canon EOS R as a webcam.

Further resources

The videos below may help you as they also guide you through the set up process visually.

For Windows:

For Mac: