Your DJI Osmo’s primary goal is to capture high-quality footage while minimizing “shaky” recordings. Using dual screens, you can take pictures underwater, record in slow motion, and get recordings in 1080p at 240 frames per second. In the work-from-home era, you might be wondering whether you could use your camera for Zoom, Twitch, or Skype.
Only certain DJI Osmo cameras operate as webcams. Even then, it’s more complicated than using a standard device. It doesn’t connect to your computer using a USB port, so you’ll need to download additional software to make recordings. Yet, using it as a webcam is possible by following specific steps.
Here, I’ll explain how you can use the DJI Osmo as a webcam and the steps involved with doing so.
Can You Use a DJI Osmo Camera as a Webcam?
On community forums, users have lamented how difficult it is for the DJI Osmo to operate as a webcam. However, as noted, it is possible. With that said, only the following DJI Osmo devices can double as webcams:
- DJI Pocket Osmo
- DJI Pocket Osmo II
- DJI Cosmo Action
How to Use your DJI Osmo as a Webcam
Before moving forward, make sure you have these items on hand:
- A computer that runs on Windows 10 or the latest iOS update
- The DJI Osmo driver, which varies depending on what type of computer you have
- Your DJI Osmo camera
- A solid Wi-Fi connection
If you have a Windows computer, click here to download the driver. If you’re using a MacBook, click here to get the driver. Keep in mind that this application was made by a third-party developer; it is not authorized or endorsed by DJI Osmo.
Once you’ve assembled the items listed above, follow these steps:
- Install the driver on your computer.
- Turn on your camera.
- Select “cosmostreamer” as your new Wi-Fi network.
- Enter the default password, which is “1234512345.”
- Click “Application Settings” on the left-hand side (it looks like a computer).
- Select your device, followed by “Direct Connection.”
- Choose “Apply” and exit out of the mini-window.
These steps may vary depending on what type of camera you purchased. However, by following these steps, you could gain the ability to use your camera with Zoom, Skype, and Twitch.
Troubleshooting DJI Osmo as a Webcam
I’m going to be honest with you. If the steps above didn’t remedy your problem, you’re better off just buying a standard webcam.
There are many websites out there that provide information about downloading third-party apps to use the device as a webcam. But really, if you’re not technologically savvy or otherwise pressed for time, you’re better off using your smartphone.
However, if you’re determined to use your DJI Osmo as a webcam, consider how the following troubleshooting tips could benefit you:
Download Another Driver
YouTuber MobileCameraApps suggests that using this driver could benefit your situation. However, the website notes that this app only works with the DJI Osmo Action or DJI Osmo Pocket. Click here to watch a video about using this program.
Make Sure Your Computer Is Connected to Osmo’s Wi-Fi
You’ll need to remain connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network to download the driver. However, from there, your computer must be connected to your Osmo’s Wi-Fi network. Double-check what network you’re on while configuring the driver.
Alternative Webcams to Use
As noted, your DJI Osmo does not have the inherent ability to work as a webcam. However, you can get a decent webcam for about $25 online. Here are some of my favorites:
- The Webcam HD 1080p Web Camera. This plugs into your computer using a USB cable. From there, it can automatically brighten your images, cover a wide range, and works with most modern computers. Better yet, it comes with both a tripod and clip, so you can set it up based on your preferences.
- Logitech C920x HD Pro Webcam. Not only does this product come with a high-resolution camera, but it also comes equipped with microphones, so you don’t have to solely rely on your computer’s hardware. It also comes with a one-year warranty in case you run into any issues.
- Logitech Brio Ultra HD Webcam. If you’re looking for a high-end camera, this is the one for you. It captures 4k video and comes with facial recognition software, three field view options, and works with most video-streaming software, including Facebook Messenger.
You could always use the camera on your phone or tablet to achieve similar results. However, the feasibility depends on what type of technology you have.
Technically, you can use your DJI Osmo as a webcam. However, you would have to download third-party software and could face a host of troubleshooting issues. Until DJI Osmo releases webcamming as a standard feature, you’re better off purchasing another device.