There should be a mft webcam body

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tehdehzeh Forum Member • Posts: 57
There should be a mft webcam body

Okay, so like probably many of you, I am using one of my cameras (GX85) as a webcam in my home office, and I enjoy how that enables me to be seen even though my desk is in the worst possible spot with more or less direct sunlight behind me for most of the day. However, it is kind of cumbersome. I need a HDMI capture device, I need to remember to check the battery before I start a meeting, because the GX85 doesn't charge via USB when it's on (I know there are AC adapters, but I don't have one), and also I need to frequently disassemble the rig, because it is my main camera (the others I have don't put out live view on HDMI..).

Now, of the current crop, the cheapest option that is directly compatible with Pana/Oly webcam software is the G100, but that's still around 500€, which is quite a lot if your use case is only webcam. Also it has a lot of features a webcam doesn't need.

So what I wish would exist (for let's say half the price?) is a minimal webcam-only body. No IBIS, cheapest 4/3-sensor that can do 1080p, no screen, no viewfinder, no buttons (you should be able to select aperture, focus method, etc in the webcam software), no flash, no SD card slot, no battery. Just a sensor, a flange, a mount point and a usb socket.

I would buy one, who else?

(I am sure lots of people will explain why it's not going to happen - I know! I just wish it would ;))

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Gabriel Perez New Member • Posts: 4
Re: There should be a mft webcam body
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Maybe the Olympus Air should work

kalisti
kalisti Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: There should be a mft webcam body

tehdehzeh wrote:

Okay, so like probably many of you, I am using one of my cameras (GX85) as a webcam in my home office, and I enjoy how that enables me to be seen even though my desk is in the worst possible spot with more or less direct sunlight behind me for most of the day. However, it is kind of cumbersome. I need a HDMI capture device, I need to remember to check the battery before I start a meeting, because the GX85 doesn't charge via USB when it's on (I know there are AC adapters, but I don't have one), and also I need to frequently disassemble the rig, because it is my main camera (the others I have don't put out live view on HDMI..).

Now, of the current crop, the cheapest option that is directly compatible with Pana/Oly webcam software is the G100, but that's still around 500€, which is quite a lot if your use case is only webcam. Also it has a lot of features a webcam doesn't need.

So what I wish would exist (for let's say half the price?) is a minimal webcam-only body. No IBIS, cheapest 4/3-sensor that can do 1080p, no screen, no viewfinder, no buttons (you should be able to select aperture, focus method, etc in the webcam software), no flash, no SD card slot, no battery. Just a sensor, a flange, a mount point and a usb socket.

I would buy one, who else?

(I am sure lots of people will explain why it's not going to happen - I know! I just wish it would ;))

BGH1

or

A decent webcam, with some lights.

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OP tehdehzeh Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: There should be a mft webcam body

Gabriel Perez wrote:

Maybe the Olympus Air should work

I have never seen one in the wild, but it seems to me that it can only tether to a smart phone with the app, and hence not be used as a webcam on a normal computer?

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Dann-Oh Contributing Member • Posts: 571
Re: There should be a mft webcam body

We just bought a web cam for like $30USD for my wife to work from home.  it does a great job handling the harsh side light from her home office window.  its going to be hard for a camera company to compete in the oh so cheap webcam market.

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SDreamer Forum Member • Posts: 50
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I can see the want, but I don't think any company would do it. You can pretty much get an older mft body that supports a clean HDMI out with a dummy battery for maybe the price of what a company would charger for a webcam like that.

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OP tehdehzeh Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: There should be a mft webcam body

SDreamer wrote:

I can see the want, but I don't think any company would do it. You can pretty much get an older mft body that supports a clean HDMI out with a dummy battery for maybe the price of what a company would charger for a webcam like that.

Yeah, this is the path I'm looking at. Like a GH3 or a G7 so.

Or an EM1.1.

These are all still not that cheap though. I guess I could maybe be lucky and find a defective model where the defect is irrelevant for my use case (broken display or such)

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Michael Meissner
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Re: There should be a mft webcam body

Gabriel Perez wrote:

Maybe the Olympus Air should work

Well yes and no.  I briefly had the Air A01 and I returned it as unusable.  It was a revision 1.0 product.  Perhaps it was useful to the developers to refine the OIShare interface, but I couldn't get it to work.

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Michael Meissner
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Re: There should be a mft webcam body

tehdehzeh wrote:

SDreamer wrote:

I can see the want, but I don't think any company would do it. You can pretty much get an older mft body that supports a clean HDMI out with a dummy battery for maybe the price of what a company would charger for a webcam like that.

Yeah, this is the path I'm looking at. Like a GH3 or a G7 so.

Or an EM1.1.

These are all still not that cheap though. I guess I could maybe be lucky and find a defective model where the defect is irrelevant for my use case (broken display or such)

No, an E-m1.1 will not work. Olympus did not support live view through HDMI until the E-m5 mark II came out. On cameras before the E-m5 mark II, if you plugged in an HDMI cable, it would immediately send the camera into review mode (on the assumption you hooked up the camera to a TV to review pictures).

But I believe the E-m1.1 supported delivering analog video output through a CB-AV3 cable, and you needed a compatible analog device to hook up the yellow RCA jack to. Resolution wasn't that great however.

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OP tehdehzeh Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: There should be a mft webcam body

Michael Meissner wrote:

tehdehzeh wrote:

SDreamer wrote:

I can see the want, but I don't think any company would do it. You can pretty much get an older mft body that supports a clean HDMI out with a dummy battery for maybe the price of what a company would charger for a webcam like that.

Yeah, this is the path I'm looking at. Like a GH3 or a G7 so.

Or an EM1.1.

These are all still not that cheap though. I guess I could maybe be lucky and find a defective model where the defect is irrelevant for my use case (broken display or such)

No, an E-m1.1 will not work. Olympus did not support live view through HDMI until the E-m5 mark II came out. On cameras before the E-m5 mark II, if you plugged in an HDMI cable, it would immediately send the camera into review mode (on the assumption you hooked up the camera to a TV to review pictures).

But I believe the E-m1.1 supported delivering analog video output through a CB-AV3 cable, and you needed a compatible analog device to hook up the yellow RCA jack to. Resolution wasn't that great however.

Yeah, but it works with the Oly Webcam software via USB, which is even better.

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