GoPro will now be allowing users to use its Hero 8 action camera as a webcam on Windows machines. But still, the new feature is available in the beta version. The Windows compatibility follows the release of the webcam feature in July for macOS users.
Although a GoPro obviously will not provide you a good experience and image quality if you were using a mirrorless or DSLR camera as your webcam, still you’ll definitely have better image quality than as compare to laptop webcam. GoPro says many typical video conferencing services already are running Windows beta apps, like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Slack, WebEx, and Discord.
GoPro has provided a thorough guide if you want to set up Hero 8 as a webcam and it covers both Mac and Windows. The webcam utility’s macOS version was in beta when it was released in July, but as of today, GoPro has officially dropped the beta name. If during this period of COVID-19, you need a better webcam, you can also try using up your iPhone or Android smartphone, or one of the many mirrorless cameras that have added webcam modes.
GoPro also adds live streaming features to its Hero 8, Hero 7 Black and Max cameras, although you have to subscribe to the GoPro Plus service, which charges $4.99 a month, to be able to use it. GoPro has provided a guide on how to use live stream feature from your device.