Introduction to LUMIX Webcam Software (Beta)


A new standard in a “new normal” era

It's easy to focus on how our behavior is being restricted in this era of a “new normal”, but there are many things that we can do if we use our ingenuity.

One of these is live streaming, and it gives you the chance to transmit your thoughts and ideas more actively than ever before.

A new standard in a “new normal” era

You are not alone at all

With fewer opportunities to commute to work, time spent working from home has increased.

You probably have times where you miss having coffee breaks and talking with your colleagues. Even during a remote video conference, you and your friends look at each other and unconsciously determine different information like how well they look or how they maybe looked like they were feeling down.

You are not alone at all

Why not use your LUMIX camera

It is possible to participate in live streaming broadcasts and video conferences using the front camera of a smartphone or PC or with a handy external webcam, but if you have such a good camera and good lenses, why not use them? The difference in the images is clear.

There is no doubt that the camera’s capability lets you capture the images more beautifully and will enhance you behind the screen. Let’s deliver your best image to people across the barriers and borders.

Why not use your LUMIX camera

Select a wide-angle lens when you wish to shoot your vaunted bookshelf or kitchen and project the background widely, or a standard angle of view lens if not. Select the standard lens when you want to make someone look thinner.

Think about the connection time, and charge thoroughly so that it will not run out of battery midway through. Another idea is to use a coupler. With a model that supports a USB power supply, you will be free from that worry.

Use a stable tripod with a proper height. A tabletop type that lets you change its height is easy to use. Also one that does not fall even if a cable gets caught in it.

It depends whether you are streaming in the morning, daytime or evening, but sun light is always natural and beautiful. Understand the best spots for each time frame. For lights, we recommend something other than fluorescent and LED.

Open the aperture (decrease the f-number) when you wish to add a defocused effect to the background and close the aperture (increase the f-number) when you wish to project the background clearly. Closing the aperture too much can cause it to get dark, so adjust it accordingly while looking at the screen.

Slightly increase the exposure to project a healthy and cheerful expression. Make sure not to be overexposed.

The basic setting is AFC. Turn the Face Recognition ON when you wish to set the focus on the face even if the hands of things are moved. Turn the Face Recognition OFF when you wish to set the focus on something other than the face, such as when you’re introducing items.

This is one is generally fine to be set to Auto. Noise may be noticeable when shooting in a place that is too dark, so be careful. The ISO upper limit can be set with the camera as well.

This is one can also generally be set to Auto (Supposed to be 1/50 sec in 50Hz Area, 1/60 sec in 60 Hz Area). It can be adjusted on the camera side. We don’t recommend it, but when there is flickering issue when shooting under fluorescent lights or LED lights, try raising it to 1/100-120 seconds or more. However, it may become dark, so ensure a sufficient amount of light.