Over the weekend, Fujifilm added a special “Webcam Mode” to two of its most popular entry-level mirrorless cameras: the X-A7 and the X-T200. Both cameras can now be used as a webcam on both Mac and PC, with no additional software required.
First off, some clarification: this is not the same thing as Fujifilm’s X Webcam Software. That’s a free application (currently Windows only) that works with several of Fuji’s higher-end mirrorless X and GFX cameras, allowing you to use them as webcams through the software. Initially, we thought this update simply added X Webcam support for the X-A7 and X-T200, but that’s not what this is.
Instead, Fujifilm have released firmware updates for these two cameras that add a dedicated “Webcam Mode” under Setup > Connection Setting > USB Mode > USB Webcam:
Once you’re up and running in this mode, the camera will act as a webcam, with Exposure set on Auto, Face and Eye detection AF set to ON, the LCD turned off, and the Provia (Standard) film simulation activated. You can still adjust exposure if need be, but you’ll do it using the Exposure Compensation dial.
Compatible apps—currently limited to Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and Microsoft Teams—will now immediately recognize the camera as a compatible webcam.
The best part about this update is that it’s not operating system specific. While Fuji has promised that they will release a macOS version of the X Webcam Software in July, this firmware allows you to use your X-A7 or X-T200 as a webcam on macOS right away, as long as you’re running Mojave or Catalina. For Windows, you need to be on 64-bit Windows 10.
To learn more, or if you want to install the latest firmware and try it for yourself, you can find a step-by-step breakdown and download links on the Fujifilm X website.