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When the use of video calling skyrocketed after people were forced to work and / or study from home, many realized the importance of having a webcam with high quality video.
While some webcams on the market offer display resolutions as high as 1080p at 60 fps, they still don’t perform well compared to using the built-in cameras on a smartphone.
Fortunately, you don’t need to get any other hardware to get that video quality suitable for video conferencing when there’s an Android phone lying around.
Turning smartphones into high-quality webcams
Yes, it is possible to use an old or aftermarket smartphone as a webcam and it’s easier than many think.
On March 21, GSM Arena released a list of third-party software available for Android phones, and it’s all free.
The list includes webcam apps that have been around for a while and newer apps that allow users to receive calls on the smartphone while being used as a webcam.
It is important that the Android phone and the PC are connected to the same WiFi network before using the apps from the list below.
On the other hand, iPhone and iPad devices can also be converted to a webcam and would work well on Mac and Microsoft laptops.
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DroidCam has all the basic features needed to turn any Android phone into a webcam, with the option to upgrade to DroidCamX for $ 5 to add more features like high frame rate option, 720p video resolution and 1080p.
The quality of the video can be adjusted by manually selecting a number of modes, such as white balance and exposure. Additionally, Pro users will have access to screenshots, camera flash buttons, and zoom controls.
iVCam is one of the popular apps available on Google Play Store that offers to provide up to 4K resolution for free without ads while the app is running. The app also gives the user some control with settings like switches for autofocus, white balance and exposure, as well as beauty filters.
Sliders are also present on the app, which allow the user to manually adjust ISO and exposure.
iVCam has also added some extra features like image capture and native video, both of which are saved to the PC.
Iriun is another popular webcam app which is simple and straightforward to use and can offer up to 4k resolution without affecting latency.
It also allows the user to accept incoming calls while the app is running without any issues, and it recovers quickly and automatically from lost connection.
Additionally, Iriun allows users to switch between portrait and landscape orientation, as well as toggle the LED flash.
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Written by Lee Mercado
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