Olympus last week announced a new official program, currently in beta, to convert its professional and semi-professional cameras into webcams. The app is called OM-D Webcam and is compatible with a list of Olympus camera models, allowing its use as a webcam by connecting the USB-C cable to the computer or notebook.
At the moment the OM-D Webcam is only compatible with Windows and there is no information about a future update to work on Mac. In addition, as mentioned before, not all Olympus cameras will work with the app to be used as a webcam. The list of compatible models is as follows:
– OM-D E-M1X
– OM-D E-M1
– OM-D E-M1 Mark II
– OM-D E-M1 Mark III
– OM-D E-M5 Mark II
It is also worth noting that it is not possible to use the camera’s own microphone, so you will need to use the notebook’s own microphone or some separate USB model in order to record your voice or be heard on your calls by Zoom.
The OM-D Webcam is almost a farewell gift from the current management of Olympus, which will soon leave the company as the brand was recently sold to JIP, the same company that bought Sony’s Vaio notebook division.
Canon launched an application that turns your cameras into a webcam
The quarantine that we are experiencing this year seems, at least, to have served as an incentive for camera manufacturers to move and start making available this feature that has been requested for a long time. After years of mirrorless camera owners wondering why they needed to buy another camera to use a webcam, big brands like Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Canon finally started making their official apps available for this type of use. Certainly a much more reliable alternative than the dubious third-party apps or skirmishes that had been used until then.