Olympus unveils software that turns some reflex-free cameras into PC webcams

Following Fujifilm, Canon and Panasonic, Olympus has also announced software that turns some reflex-free cameras into high-quality PC webcams, and interested friends can download the OM-D Webcam Beta app on their official website. Olympus claims that the software supports five models: OM-D E-M1X, OM-D E-M1, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M1 Mark III and OM-D E-M5 Mark II, but is currently not available on systems outside of Windows.

Olympus unveils software that turns some reflex-free cameras into PC webcams

(from: Olympus)

The camera setup process is easy, and after installing the companion OM-D Webcam Beta software, users of the five cameras simply connect to the Windows PC via a USB-C port and power it on and on.

Once you’re correctly recognized, you can use Olympus’ reflexless camera as a high-quality USB camera for web video conferencing. If you’re not familiar with how, check out The official demo video for Olympus.

Olympus OM-D Webcam Software Beta (via)

It is important to note that the OM-D Webcam Beta software does not allow the camera to capture audio at the same time, so users need to enable built-in or external USB microphones when using a network video session.

As for why, Olympus explains that it wants users to put the camera in the best position, but not because it is too far away to get the sound clearly.