Panasonic has released an official Lumix webcam app, as first seen PetaPixel. The software, which is still in beta from the silent edition at the end of last month, allows you to plug the camera into your Mac or Windows machine and recognize it as a video source in applications such as Google Meet and Zoom. Panasonic’s official software replaces the solution the company unveiled in June.
The removal of Panasonic was necessary due to a shortage of webcams in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it was much more cumbersome than the native app, which required you to use a Panasonic hack to remove the layered interface of the binding app and then stream live streaming from the camera through an intermediary like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).
Fortunately, this native app removes all this fuss and you can head to the Panasonic website here to download it. Here̵
Now you can simply connect a Lumix camera via USB to your computer and the Lumix Webcam Software application will help your computer recognize it as an external camera source for use in video conferencing applications without the need for an intermediary. However, you’ll need a supported Lumix camera, and you’ll need to look at the chart that Panasonic compiles on its website, detailing which video conferencing platforms work best.
Here is the full list of Lumix models that currently work with the software:
- Panasonic LUMIX S1H
- Panasonic LUMIX S1R
- Panasonic LUMIX S1
- Panasonic LUMIX S5
- Panasonic LUMIX GH5S
- Panasonic LUMIX GH5
- Panasonic LUMIX G9
- Panasonic LUMIX G100 (coming soon)