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If you use photography in your research, chances are you are in possession of a DSLR camera. DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflect and describes a category of higher-quality, modular lens cameras (think Nikon, Canon, Lumix). If you have such a camera at home, you can either directly or indirectly connect it to your computer. If it is a Canon camera, all you need is a USB cable (mini-USB to regular USB) and a free Canon webcam tool from their website.

If your camera has an HDMI output and you have some research money to make a small gear investment, an HDMI capture device such as the Elgato Cam Link will allow you to repurpose your camera as a webcam. However, keep in mind that 4k HDMI capture is far too advanced for the internal picture resolution Zoom can handle. As such, this is not a must-have device.