You Can Now Use Panasonic LUMIX Cameras as a Webcam

Panasonic's LUMIX Tether for Streaming software brings live streaming to PCs.

Panasonic has released software that allows Windows users to live stream to several of its popular LUMIX cameras including the DC-S1H. The beta software requires Windows 10, a compatible camera, and connects to the PC using a USB cable.

Canon and Fujifilm have released similar software, and if you're a Sigma fp user, it's already built into the camera. Panasonic has adapted its LUMIX Tether software, which is designed for tethered shooting, and has added the LIVE VIEW mode. Doing so enables the camera view only so that streaming software including Zoom, Skype, and YouTube can read it. Users can choose to show or hide graphic items during USB tethering based on preference.

Compatible Cameras

Computer Requirements

  • Windows 10 (32bit/64bit)
  • Intel CPU of 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM 1GB or more (32bit), 2GB or more (64bit)
  • Display1 024 x 768 or more
  • Free space of 200 MB or more for installation
  • USB 3.0/3.1

It's important to note that the LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta) and LUMIX Tether cannot be run at the same time. The free software is available here    

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I've already been doing this with my GH5 using a HDMI usb capture device which allows for cross-platform support, curious to see how this much additional processing load this puts on the computer without a dedicated capture device.

June 9, 2020 at 3:05PM


Any chance of tethering with a DMC TZ27

September 16, 2020 at 4:45AM