GoPro cameras are widely used for action photography. It is a popular pocket-sized camera device used by adventures, surfers, athletes, travelers, and bloggers as a daily camera, and can be mounted anywhere. They are great for rugged use and are ideal for capturing videos when you are on the beach, mountain, snow, diving into water or going for sky diving.
Nowadays GoPro usage is increased beyond just action photography. It is used by bloggers and travelers as a production camera and is used to film everything around you. The camera is versatile enough to capture everything when your outside. Ever wondered how you can use a camera when you are off from adventure.
There is a lot of buzz on using a GoPro as a webcam for streaming. There is absolutely no dearth of things that you can try with GoPro. If you are thinking about whether to use GoPro as a webcam or not, then the possibility is yes. You can squeeze in to get extra usage from your GoPro when you are not using it for photography. Its wide-angle lens, Ultrawide settings, and HD camera make it suitable to use as webcams when you’re not using it for outdoor activities.
Setting Up GoPro as a Webcam
To set up your GoPro as a webcam, you’ll need a couple of pieces of gear. One you might have kicking around (HDMI ) and the other one you’ll probably have to pick up. Here’s how to use GoPro as webcam without a capture card.
Gear List for GoPro Webcam Setup
- HDMI Cable: Not just any HDMI cable – you’ll want an HDMI to Micro HDMI cable. Like this one. This will connect your camera to the Cam Link dongle (see next item).
- Elgato Cam Link 4K: This tiny USB dongle will connect your GoPro (also most DSLR and camcorders) to your PC or MAC.
- GoPro Camera: From Hero4 (Black or Silver) to the Hero7 Black. For this system to work, make sure that your GoPro has a micro HDMI output jack.
- Small Tripod: Basically any tripod will work, but you’ll need something to get it up and stable. Otherwise, your camera will just be sitting on your desk at a weird angle. And it will wobble because of the two cables feeding into it. I think that the GoPro Shorty tripod would work best for a webcam. It extends to almost 9 inches in height. Here is our guide to the best tripods.
- USB Cable: You’ll want to direct power to your camera. Otherwise, your battery will konk out after an hour or so – probably less than ideal for a webcam setup. I’m sure you have one – it’s the same cable you use to offload your image and to recharge your battery inside the camera. Here’s more about GoPro battery life.
Please note: The Hero8 Black doesn’t come with an HDMI out port. To use the above system, you’ll need to purchase the Media Mod – which adds this feature.