The big webcam shortage of 2020 is still going strong and with so few options available it can certainly be frustrating if you need a webcam now . However, there are some alternatives to a standard webcam that you may not be aware of and that you may already own.
Today, many devices use cameras to some degree, and you may be surprised how many of them may have turned into makeshift webcams. The obvious example of such a thing would be to use a DLSR camera with a USB capture card (like the Elgato Camlink 4k) to turn it into a high-end webcam. Unfortunately, the USB capture cards affected by the same problems as regular webcams stock, so we will not go into here. Either way, there are still some great options for alternative webcams, whether you have a new destination, a device that you use every day, or something that has been collecting dust in your closet for years. So, without further ado, let's start .
Your Phone or Tablet
This is the option many are looking for when looking for a webcam alternative. And that makes sense, as most modern mobile devices have impressive cameras and some even surpass high-end webcams. Fortunately, the Epocam app allows you to turn your iOS or Android device into a wireless webcam for your computer.
All you have to do is make sure your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer, then download and install the associated apps and drivers for your platforms from the Epocam website ( it's compatible with both macOS and Windows) and you're good to go. Your phone or tablet appears as a normal camera option on your computer. It's great to see such a simple option that pretty much anyone can use.
Epocam is free, but if you don't want to handle ads, you need to buy the Pro version for $ 5.49 on Android and $ 7.99 on iOS