in this tutorial I'll show you how to use your Canon 1000D (the others would work, too, but I couldn't test any other) as a webcam without any hardware/software hacks, just software solutions ;-).
Sorry my English, if you find mistakes please notify me.
You'll need this stuff to use it as a webcam:
- Mini USB cable
- a PC ( I don't know how to do this on Macintosh) *EDIT* : Liveview works on OSX 10.5.2 but I don't know a program for the screen capture, yet........ ;-)
- EOS Utility (not downloadable, you should get it from the EOS Solutions Disk that is usually bundled with your camera.
-Free OpenSource alternative http://sourceforge.net/projects/eos-movrec/
Supports even AF !!!
A little video:
Step 1: Getting Started
Get your usb cable and plug it into the camera and into the PC.
You should have EOS Utility installed, now turn the camera on.
Start the application EOS Utility and choose Camera Settings/Remote Shooting (don't worry why mine is so called, it's German).
After you've chosen the third option a new window appears. Click on the third radio button at the bottom.
Again a new window appears that'll show you what the camera sees, change the lens to manual focus and adjust the focus till you see everthing sharp in LiveView.
Now you can see what your camera sees on your computer screen but you still can't use it as webcam. The next step will show you how to do this.
Step 2: Creating the Webcam
It's free and a useful software solution. After you downloaded it install it.
You can find it now in your startmenu, look at the picture and start the config.
Click on "Create a new one".
Now place your LiveView windows in a good positon where it doesn't annoy you, if you have another monitor place it there(I placed it onto my PSP, tuts are aviable somewhere else). Press the button that's named Region in the lower middle on the window from configuration of VH Screen Capture Driver.
With this tool you select the area of Live View that shows what the camera sees. Close the config and you're done ;-).
Get your messenger on and do some video chat :-)
If you have any questions you can send me a PM or make a comment.