The Panasonic Mirrorless Camera can now serve as a webcam

Because of the coronavirus epidemic many of us are working from home and connecting with our colleagues, teams and clients via video conferencing, the demand for high-quality webcams has increased significantly. But computer peripheral manufacturers and laptop companies have yet to make significant progress towards their end, Panasonic has come up with a solution for streaming called Lumix Tether that lets you use your mirrorless camera as a webcam. The new app is based on the original Lumix Teether, which was designed to allow professional photographers to shoot with a tether. Canon and Fujifilm have recently tried to offer similar experiences for their cameras.

Lumix Teether for streaming is basically a tweaked version of Lumix Teether version 1.7 that includes a live view as well as GUI elements like Focus Area Mark and Control Panel. The new software removes all of those items from the screen to give you a clear camera view on your monitor – just like you get a view from your webcam. However, if you still need those items, you can also make them visible on your screen.

Panasonic has initially launched the Lumix Tether for beta streaming for Windows 10 users. This means that if you have a Mac machine, you will not be able to use the new solution. Also, it’s worth noting that the new offer is limited to six mirrorless cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5, Lumix DC-G9, Lumix DC-GH5S, DC-S1, DC-S1R, and DC-S1H.

If you have a supported camera and a Windows PC, you can go ahead and try using Lumix Teether for streaming after connecting your camera using a USB-3 cable. The size of the software is 37.8MB and is available for free download through the Panasonic site

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Jagmit Singh

Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadget 360 outside New Delhi. Jagmeet Gadgets is a senior reporter at 360, and often writes about apps, computer security, Internet services and telecom development. Email is available on Twitter @ JagmeetS13 or [email protected]. Send your leads and tips. More

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