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04-18-2020, 12:31 PM   #16
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Thx for above suggestions.
Sadly in UK at least it's difficult to find an acceptable webcam, lots of cheapies which are really low quality, other better offerings mostly sold out.
I just thought that before I buy anything I have several digital cameras here, mostly Pentax, that might be persuaded to do the job.
Ah well back to online shopping.
Do you have an old cellphone lying around that will connect to wireless (no SIM is needed for that)? It's a bit of a jury-rig, but can work just fine and you can just plug in the charger to get power as long as needed.

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@acoufap's response is the key one here... In order to use it as a webcam, the HDMI out needs to be fed into a capture device. (I use the Elgato unit with a camcorder for this purpose.) But Pentax cameras don't send out clean HDMI, so they can't work here.
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Many thanks for your input. I can use my phone but I was hoping to be able to use the bigger screen on my desktop.
I understand that this is not a priority for DSLR manufacturers but it seems a pity they don't include the necessary software
given that all necessary hardware is present.
But then that's true for a number of features we might all like to see.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ofer4 Quote
@acoufap's response is the key one here... In order to use it as a webcam, the HDMI out needs to be fed into a capture device. (I use the Elgato unit with a camcorder for this purpose.) But Pentax cameras don't send out clean HDMI, so they can't work here.
I have K-1 and it works well with Blackmagic mini recorder, which captures 1080i HDMI out just fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by acoufap Quote
As far as I know unfortunately as far as I know no Pentax DSLR has clean HDMI Output.

If it had, you could use something like an Elgato Cam Link 4K to connect to your computer via USB and do high quality live streaming with or just save movies directly to your computer.

I already thought about buying a not too expensive Panasonic MFT with 4K support to do such.

Hope that Pentax some day delivers clean high quality HDMI output.
I have used Blackmagic mini recrder. HDMI from my K-1 work just fine. I have to crop it to 16:9, but that is just fine. Only problem with my K-1 is sendror banding with led lights, but that is another thing.



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QuoteOriginally posted by roberrl Quote
In these days of social isolation and meeting via Zoom etc I find I have missed the boat as far as buying a webcam is concerned.
But I wonder if any of the Pentax DSLR's I own can be pressed into service - has any one done this? If so how?
A quick scan of manuals has not been very instructive so I turn to my top source of Pentax info - PF
If you're using Zoom or Skype, both Apple and Android phones / tablets have the Zoom app and the Skype app. So, my advice would simply be to use your phone.
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If the question is, can one use Pentax DSLR as a webcam, they it is yes. If the question is that if it is reasonable or if one could do it more simple with phone or laptop, that is another thing
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QuoteOriginally posted by repaap Quote
If the question is, can one use Pentax DSLR as a webcam, they it is yes. If the question is that if it is reasonable or if one could do it more simple with phone or laptop, that is another thing
Actually my original post above about Android was about how to use the phone as a webcam input for your computer not to do anything else. There are a number of apps that will allow this. See How to use your Android phone as a webcam for your PC | Digital Citizen
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This open source software might be of use:

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