How to Live Stream with Nikon Cameras

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Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of live streaming or you’ve been doing it for quite some time, you should know that your Nikon camera may already be equipped with features that will allow it to be connected for high quality video streaming through third-party software and/or hardware.

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Why use a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera to live stream?

If you want to look your best on-camera, you’ll want to take advantage of the high quality optics and imaging found in Nikon mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Why is this important? Because when you’re trying to attract new audiences, you need to stand out from the live streaming masses and put your stream on a level above the rest. Whether you want better quality in difficult lighting, choices in lens focal lengths, shallow depth-of-field or greater control of the look of your content, you’ll be well on your way with the following quick tips.

What you’ll need:

Required

  • Nikon Z series mirrorless camera or compatible DSLR
  • USB cable or HDMI cable (HDMI requires third-party capture device)
  • Software that allows for plug-and-play streaming
  • Compatible video conferencing software
  • Fully charged camera battery or AC power adapter

Optional Accessories

Video: Nikon Product & Training Specialist Chris Ogonek shares his tips for elevating your live streams using a Nikon camera.

Getting Started

There are two convenient options for connecting your Nikon camera to your computer and using it as a high quality webcam.

Option 1: USB Plug-n-Play

Quick & Easy

This method is ideal for those seeking a high quality video stream with the simplest setup and no additional hardware.


  1. Connect your Nikon camera to your computer using the USB cable that was included with your camera.

  2. Download and install any third-party conferencing/broadcasting software that is compatible with both your Nikon camera and your computer’s operating system.

  3. Software like Ecamm Live (Mac), Vmix (PC), SparkoCam (PC) have compatibility with select Nikon cameras via USB and can seamlessly connect to streaming applications like Zoom, WebEx, Twitch, Facebook Live and others.

Note: Third-party software may incur a charge from the software manufacturer.

Option 2: HDMI Output

Best Video Quality

This method produces the highest quality video stream by using the HDMI output of your Nikon camera; however, it also requires a third-party video capture device.


  1. Connect your Nikon camera to a third-party video capture device using a compatible HDMI cable.

  2. Video capture devices like Elgato Cam Link, Magewell USB Capture, AJA U-TAP HDMI and AVerMedia ExtremeCap UVC-BU110 have compatibility with select Nikon cameras via HDMI.

  3. Connect the video capture device to your computer and install compatible third-party video conferencing/broadcasting software.

  4. Software like Ecamm Live (Mac), Vmix (PC), SparkoCam (PC) and OBS Studio (Mac or PC) can take the signal from video signal capture devices and seamlessly connect it to other applications like Zoom, WebEx, Twitch, Facebook Live and others.

Improve your live streams with a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera.

*Ecamm Live is a product of Ecamm Network, LLC and not affiliated with Nikon Inc. Visit ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive for terms and conditions of offer, system requirements, compatibility and more. Performance will vary by camera model and Mac specifications.