Are digiatal cameras able to act as webcams?

Mr Burns November 7, 2012

Besides the webcam, can all digital cameras be used as a webcam? I have an older Polaroid that does work nicely, and I wondered if other digital cameras could work as well.

Running Linux Mint 13 and Google Hangout. Polaroid is picked up. But not when I’m running Windows XP.

Any input?


  1. Abba Jee
    November 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    yes not all of them but most of them can be used as webcam too, it would be given in user/manual instructions of cam

  2. Rakesh Mishra
    November 15, 2012 at 3:50 am

    yes u can use there are available steps on google so goto google and search

  3. Tebawiha Lelhchhun
    November 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I'm not interested about using digital cameras as a webcam but there is some saying that it can be used as a Webcam.

  4. Dimal Chandrasiri
    November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    most digital cameras work as webcams. if you are using windows xp, try getting the necessary software to work the camera as a webcam. or else it won't recognize as a webcam!

  5. Junil Maharjan
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

    there are certain softwares that can do the job. but they support limited number and types of cameras.

  6. Jim Chambers
    November 8, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I don't think my digital camera records audio. Isn't this required for a webcam?

    • Drew Butler
      November 8, 2012 at 6:25 am

      no. most people I have helped with this have headsets and just need the webcam to shoot video for services like skype or google hangouts. check the ehow link above or just do a quick google of your specific camera and you should find it... not all cameras have this capability though...

  7. Naveen Kumar
    November 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    i think most digital cameras that are available it the market rite now can use any try you luck with following

  8. Douglas Mutay
    November 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    As far as I know, no all digital cameras can be used as a webcam. So if you want one that can do the job, check the product manual before you buy!

  9. ha14
    November 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Check the manual of your digital camera to see if it can be used as a webcam

    also perhaps your old polaroid is not suitable for webcam because of resolution, audio quality...

    Make Something New with Your Old Digital Camera,2817,2333218,00.asp

  10. Aditya Roy
    November 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Yes most digital cameras can be used as webcam using remote shooting.

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