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If your laptop doesn't have a great camera, it can be distracting during video meetings. Thanks to DroidCam, you don't necessarily need to invest in an expensive high-end webcam to get razor-sharp images. In the blog below, I tell you step by step how to use your smartphone as a webcam.
Through Corona, tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom are daily fare for many Belgians and Dutch. A quality webcam plays an important role here. Despite its importance, on many laptops - even brand new ones - you notice mediocre camera quality.
You then have three options:
Is my smartphone camera (Samsung Galaxy S10) better than my laptop's webcam? I did the test!
As you can see below, an average smartphone's camera is at least as good as a laptop's webcam. Or maybe even better? Especially judge for yourself I would say:
Note: no doubt you will notice that the image via DroidCam is somewhat zoomed in? So this functionality is an advantage of DroidCam over most built-in webcams. Of course, this immediately makes a big difference in terms of atmosphere and "contact" with your online audience.
Want to replace your webcam with your smartphone or tablet's camera? Then follow the steps below:
First and foremost, on both your smartphone and PC, you should 'DroidCam' install.
Once DroidCam is installed, there are two ways to connect your computer to your smartphone:
If you go for the paid version (DroidCamX) you can adjust some additional parameters via the app on your PC.
Tip: Should you have problems connecting your Android smartphone, check that the "developer mode" is definitely on. Since this is different for every smartphone, it is best to look online for a step-by-step guide or instructional video for this.
All you have to do now is launch DroidCam on both your smartphone and PC and select DroidCam as your 'new' webcam. Usually identified by the description "DroidCam Source. Useful programs to briefly test the quality are Windows Camera or OBS.
Even with the free version, you already get decent camera quality. However, if you want some extra features such as brightness adjustment or zooming in and out, you better go for the paid version 'DroidCamX'. The price for this license is one-time €5.49 (including VAT).
Below I compare the functionalities between DroidCam and DroidCamX:
To conclude, I have collected some more frequently asked questions about using DroidCam and answered them for you in advance:
Yes, or at least if your smartphone or tablet is recent enough. For Android, this means Android OS 5.0 or higher.
Yes! DroidCam functions like a regular webcam, so you can use it in Zoom or Microsoft Teams as well.
Yes you can. If your smartphone or tablet is connected via Wifi, you will see an IP address that allows you to log in from a computer as an "ip camera. Note that this only works when you are surfing to from the same network. Also be sure to set up a username and password if you are going to use this functionality.
Thanks to colleague Matthias (known from the blog PowrUsr.com) who gave me DroidCam as a tip.
So is there no reason to choose an external webcam at all? There is. We have to be honest: the above article proves that you can use your smartphone as a webcam just fine, only the question is how practical it is. Plus you do need some 'technical' skills. Don't want any 'hassle' and is your webcam of moderate quality? Then a external webcam via usb still an excellent investment.