Nikon officially released the full version of its free Webcam Utility Software for Windows 10 and macOS, enabling compatible Nikon mirrorless and DSLR cameras to be used as webcams when connected to a computer via USB.
The software was originally launched in Beta earlier this summer and only supported Windows devices. It followed releases of similar software from Canon, Fuji, Panasonic, and others. At the time, Nikon confirmed to PetaPixel that a macOS version was in the works:
That day has come, with Webcam Utility Software 1.0.0 not only available today for Windows but also for Apple computers.
In order to take advantage of the free software, you’ll need a compatible Nikon camera, a USB cable, the new Webcam Utility, and compatible video conferencing software (Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, and Skype are all supported). Your camera will also need to be powered by its battery or running on an AC power adapter.
Compatible cameras include all of Nikon’s mirrorless cameras, including both the new Z7 II and Z6 II, as well as several DSLRS like the D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500, and D5600. Support for the D5, D810, D750, D7200, D5500, D5300, and D3500 were all newly-added in this version 1.0.0 software release. While Nikon did add support for the affordable and entry-level D3500, still no Coolpix cameras are supported.
It should be noted that if you’re a Microsoft Teams user, the Nikon Webcam Utility software will only work if you’re using a Windows machine. In the changelog notes for macOS, Nikon states that it “ended support for the Microsoft Teams app.”