Martin Wynne wrote:Here's an article about using your normal digital camera for online conferences instead of the usual selfie "up your nose" laptop webcam.
It's a bit techy, but worth a read (if you don't mind reading white text on black):
http://friedmanarchives.blogspot.com/20 ... ality.html
A bit complex involving dongles and software, but no doubt works with the "right" combinations.
As two possible half-way house options on the complexity stakes....
Some smartphones will connect to computer via "cast" methods to a laptop as an alternative camera (depends on Smartphone maker's choice of "cast" method), so can use the camera in the phone which is often quite decent, particularly the one on the rear of the phone. Lashing that up for an over the shoulder shot of a workbench ought to be within the skills of a typical layout baseboard builder !
Canon have released some free software for their recent DSLR cameras (and a few non DSLR), to use those cameras as an input for WebCam use on Windows machines.