Use your Android’s camera as your Windows or Linux PC’s webcam with SmartCam [Android]

Does your computer have a webcam? If it does, it’s probably (ahem) not the highest quality. It’s also probably really hard to move around, and all around pretty sucky. If you have a phone with a camera, help is on the way: SmartCam is a free phone/computer solution to the terribly webcam problem. Now, you can use your phone’s camera as a webcam.

SmartCam requires a little bit of setup. First, you have to install both the Android app and the Windows companion. (There’s also a Linux version available if that is your OS of choice.) After that, you can use the default Bluetooth connection: go to your device and visit SmartCam’s settings. Pair it with your computer. Then go to Menu > Connect Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can connect via WiFi by selecting your IP in the app’s settings.

Once connected, SmartCam will be available to your system as a webcam. If you’re not pleased with the video speed, disconnect and head back to your device. You can lower video quality in the settings.

SmartCam is a unique and awesome app. If you’re looking for a way to get a mobile webcam–or any webcam at all–it’s the perfect app for the task. The app seems to require a very fast WiFi connection to maintain good video quality, but otherwise, it’s all around awesome.

 Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.4.0

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 147KB

SmartCam webcam on Play Store

[via MakeUseOf]

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  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Gustavo: Thanks for the tip. It should be noted, however, SmartCam is wired meaning it doesn’t matter the speed of your Internet conneciton. BamBuster is wireless and depends on your Internet connection speed. SmartCam will probably provide better quality video.