Panasonic is updating its Lumix Tether application for Mac to make it easier to use some models of its mirrorless Lumix cameras as a webcam, but it will take a bit more effort than some other solutions, at least for now, through DPReview.
Like the Windows version, the current solution for macOS is quite hacked together. Panasonic simply takes the existing Lumix Tether software (used for tethering recordings from a computer) and provides an update that removes the GUI elements from the live preview of the software by adding a new “Live View” with a clean video feed . That live view window can then be passed to a streaming app, such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), and only then passed to your video conference or streaming service. If that sounds confusing, watch the Panasonic video to get a better idea of how to set things up.
That makes the installation much more choosy compared to Canon, Fujifilm or Olympus; These webcam solutions make it possible to transfer the output of a camera directly to video conference software such as Zoom or Skype.
The Mac version of the Lumix Tether application is also compatible with the same list of Lumix cameras as that of Windows: the DC-S1H, DC-S1R, DC-S1, DC-GH5S, DC-GH5- and DC-G9 models.
Panasonic knows that using the Tether application is not great. It is an emergency measure while the company is working on a good “Lumix Webcam Software” application, which will provide the same full-fledged webcam support that its competitors offer. Unfortunately, it will be some time before the real webcam software is out, with Panasonic promising a release for the Windows version in late September and Macs in late October.