If you’re wondering “Can I use the Nikon D850 as a USB webcam?” then the answer is YES!
Here’s how to use your Nikon D850 as a USB webcam:
- Get the Nikon UC-E22 USB Cable
- Download the Nikon Webcam Utility software
- Connect your Nikon D850 to your computer using the UC-E22 cable.
- Use a compatible webcam application like Zoom, Skype, OBS, etc.
This method allows you to use the Nikon D850 as a webcam for free (if you have the right cable) without a capture card.
I’ll take you through the steps in detail so you can achieve high quality video by using your Nikon D850 as a USB webcam.
What USB Cable Do I Need to Use My Nikon D850 as a Webcam?
To use your Nikon D850 as a USB webcam you will need an UC-E22 USB cable.
The UC-E22 cable is normally included in the box when you buy the Nikon D850.
Replacement cables are available on Amazon like the example below.
What Nikon Software Do I Need to Use My Nikon D850 as a USB Webcam?
You will need to download and install the latest Nikon Webcam Utility software.
Here’s how to do that.
- Go to the Nikon website for the Nikon Webcam Utility software.
- Scroll down to the section where it says ‘Download Software’ and click on the Download Software button.
- You should be taken to this page and this is where you will find the latest version of the Nikon Webcam Utility
- Now click on ‘View Download Page’ and you should be taken to this page.
- Click on either ‘Windows’ or ‘Mac OS’ depending on the device you are using.
- Scroll down to the ‘Agreement’ section, confirm that you accept and click on the download button.
- On Windows the file should be an ‘.exe’ file and on Mac OS the file will be a ‘.dmg’ file.
- Once it is downloaded, open up the downloaded file and follow the installation instructions.
- On Windows the setup launcher should start when you open the downloaded file. On Mac you will find a file that is ‘.pkg’, you should open this to start the installation wizard.
- Follow the instructions that are shown until setup and installation is complete.
- You don’t need to launch the software once installation is complete.
Simply go to your webcam or streaming software of choice and select the Nikon Webcam Utility as your chosen video feed.
- If it doesn’t work you may need to restart your computer.
Now I will move on to show you how to set up your Nikon Webcam Utility to work as a USB webcam with the software you just downloaded.
How to Set up My Nikon D850 as a USB Webcam
- Turn on your Nikon D850 camera and set it to movie/video mode.
- Adjust the settings until you have your desired look.
- Go to your ‘Custom menu’ (this is the pencil icon).
- Select ‘Timers/AE Lock’.
- Select ‘c3 Power Off Delay’.
- Set the ‘Standby timer’ to ‘No Limit’.
- Connect the UC-E22 cable to your Nikon D850. Your Nikon D850 will have a port which you can plug the cable into.
- Now open up your compatible application on your computer. This could be something like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype etc.
- Locate the Nikon 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.
- You should now have a much better quality image for your online video conferences or live streams.
What Applications Are Compatible With Nikon Webcam Utility?
At the time of writing this article (updated May 2023), the following applications are tested to work with the Nikon Webcam Utility.
- Microsoft Teams
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Meet
To check for the specifics:
- Go to this link for the Nikon Webcam Utility download page.
- Choose your operating system.
- Click on ‘Product Description’ to expand and you should see all the system requirements and details for different operating systems.
At the time of updating this post (May 2023) Nikon Webcam Utility currently supports the following Windows OS:
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home
- Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
- Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise
- Microsoft Windows 11
Note: Pre-installed 64-bit editions only.
At the time of writing Nikon Webcam Utility currently supports the following Mac OS:
- macOS Big Sur version 11
- macOS Catalina version 10.15
- macOS Mojave version 10.14
Downsides of Nikon Webcam Utility
While the Nikon Webcam Utility is straightforward and free (if you already have the UC-E22 USB cable) there are some key limitations.
- You are not able to use sound from the camera, but can only use sound from your computer or an external mic attached to your computer.
- The frames per second is limited to about 10-15 fps.
- The max resolution when using the Nikon Webcam Utility is 1024×768 (for some older cameras it is even less).
If you want to be able to use a higher resolution and sound from the camera or an external mic on the camera then you should use a HDMI output instead.
The video below may help you as they also guide you through the set up process with some extra tips.