How to turn your Olympus camera into a webcam for your Mac
New Olympus software for MacOS will let you use your camera as a webcam for video chats and conferences. There's also a version for Windows.
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If you're still working and socializing from home due to coronavirus spikes across the country, you might be looking to upgrade your webcam without shelling out any cash. A new piece of software from
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 just about any other platform on your Mac computer (there's a Windows version that was released earlier, too).
Here's how to download Olympus' new OM-D Webcam Beta Software to turn your digital camera into a webcam. (Note that this software is still in beta, so it may contain bugs, and it isn't covered under Olympus customer support -- proceed with caution.)
Which Olympus cameras will work with the new webcam software?
The 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'll also need a Mac computer with
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. (For more on the Windows version of the software, check out this Olympus support page.)
How to turn your Olympus camera into a webcam
Step 1: Download the software
Download the OM-D Webcam Beta Software from Olympus' website (you should always check privacy policies before downloading software). Open the setup.exe file and follow the instructions.
Step 2: Connect your camera
Connect your camera to your Mac using the official USB-C tether cable provided with the original box. Turn on the camera, and select the icon that looks like a camera connected to the computer (Tethered USB mode) on the monitor.
Step 3: Change your settings
On your Mac, pull up Zoom,
Meet or whatever other video chat application you're using. Go into the settings, and change the camera from your computer's built-in camera to OM-D Webcam Beta. (Note that the webcam doesn't include audio, so you'll have to use your computer's built-in microphone, or an external microphone.) And that's it! You can find more-detailed instructions on using the camera as a webcam if you need them.