Work from home is the new norm these days. The sudden change in the workflow has spiked the demand for work from home tools and accessories such as webcams, routers, microphones, standing desks, and more. They are either out of stock or cost 2x/3x than the original price. Also, a good webcam is crucial for video calls. If your computer doesn’t have one, then you can use your iPhone as a webcam on Windows PC. Yep, you read that right. Among several the webcam apps on iOS, iVCam and EpocCam are two of the best apps to use iPhone as a webcam on Windows.
Even if your Windows laptop has a built-in webcam, there are a couple of reasons to use your iPhone as webcam. Most Windows laptops come with abysmal webcam quality — you all know how good the iPhone front and the rear camera is, and second setting up these webcam apps is quick and easy.
In this post, we will compare EpocCam and iVCam based on various factors. The comparison will cover UI, setup, cross-platform availability, supported third-party apps, price, video resolution, and more. Let’s get started.
Windows users will find themselves at home with the iVCam app. It works with iOS, and you can connect it only to Windows. There is no way to use the app on macOS. If you have an Android phone, get this app, connect it to your computer, and use your phone as a webcam.
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As I mentioned earlier, the whole iPhone as a webcam setup is fairly easy with both the apps.
With EpocCam, download the app from both the official website and Apple App Store. Go to Windows laptop and search for EpocCam Viewer app and hit enter. Now, open the app on the iPhone.
USER INTERFACE AND FEATURES
EpocCam offers fairly standard camera UI. After a successful connection, you can switch on the camera, extend the video feed UI, and even use flash for the low-light scenario.
The app doesn’t offer any settings menu. The default resolution is set at 640 x 480 at 30fps (free version). You can also switch between the front and the rear camera (I recommend using iPhone’s back camera).
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THIRD-PARTY APPS INTEGRATION
With the growing popularity of Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts, you would want to use these apps as the default option on the video conferencing apps.
Thankfully, both the EpocCam and iVCam support the most software here. You can set these apps as the default video output on the video calling apps.
EpocCam app is free to use. The free version is limited to 640 x 480 video resolution output. It also comes with ads and watermarks. You can buy the paid version at $8 that bumps the video output to Full HD, allows you to use a flashlight, and removes ads.
iVCam provides most of the features for free. You can use Full HD video output at 60 fps in the free version too. The free app comes with ads and watermark which you can remove with by paying $10 through in-app purchase.
USE YOUR IPHONE AS A WEBCAM
Both iVCam and EpocCam are quite reliable to turn your iPhone into a webcam for video calls over Windows. EpocCam locks most of the features in the paid version, but you can use the app on macOS too. iVCam is strictly for Windows users and offerd more features for free compared to EpocCam.