Last month, Olympus unveiled an app that transformed its OM-D cameras into webcams on Windows, but a Mac version was nowhere to be found. Now, the company has rectified that with a beta webcam version for macOS.
As with the Windows version, the Webcam Beta Software only works with five Olympus OM-D models: the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and the E-M5 Mark II. As before, you install the software, connect the camera to your Mac and fire up your favorite video conferencing app. It has been tested to work with OBS, Google Chrome and Zoom through Google Chrome, Olympus said, though it could work with other apps as well.
Olympus recently sold off its camera division to the company that purchased Sony’s Vaio, but so far it doesn’t seem to have affected its product releases. Olympus just unveiled the $700 E-M10 Mark IV with a new sensor and flip-down screen, with the camera joining the recently released E-M1 III high-end and E-M5 Mark II mid-range model.
As it stands now, only Canon, Fujifilm and Olympus have official webcam apps that work on both Mac and PC, while Sony, Nikon and Panasonic have Windows versions, for now. You can grab Olympus’ beta macOS here, and for more on connecting your camera as a webcam, check out our guide.