If you still areDue to coronavirus spikes across the country, you may want to upgrade your webcam without deferring any cash. New software from Olympus makes it easy to turn your Olympus camera into a high-quality webcam for video chats and conferences on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or almost any other platform on your Mac (there is a Windows version previously released as well).
If you do not have an Olympus camera, you can also turn your GoPro into a webcam,or turn your phone camera into a webcam.
How to download Olympus’ new OM-D Webcam Beta software to turn your digital camera into a webcam. (Please note that this software is still in beta, so it may contain bugs and it is not covered by Olympus customer support – proceed with caution.)
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Which Olympus cameras work with the new webcam program?
Olympus OM-D Webcam Beta is compatible with the following camera models:
- E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III
- E-M5 Mark II
You also need a Mac computer with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.13 (High Sierra) or 10.12 (Sierra) and a USB cable to connect your camera to the computer. (More information about the Windows version of the software can be found on this Olympus support page.)
How to turn your Olympus camera into a webcam
Step 1: Download the software
Step 2: Connect your camera
Connect the camera to your Mac with the official USB-C cable that comes with the original packaging. Turn on the camera and select the icon that looks like a camera connected to the computer (Tethered USB mode) on the screen.
Step 3: Change your settings
Drag Zoom onto your Mac, Microsoft team, Google Meet or any other video chat application you use. Enter the settings and change the camera from your computer’s built-in camera to the OM-D Webcam Beta. (Note that the webcam does not contain audio, so you must use the computer’s built-in microphone or external microphone.) And that’s it! You can find more detailed instructions on how to use the camera as a webcam if you need them.
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