Want to look your best on video calls? The camera on your iPhone or iPad is leagues ahead of any webcam on the market, and Camo makes it easy to use your iPhone as a webcam.
iPhone cameras are getting better but webcams are getting worse. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the 2020 MacBook Air’s camera is worse than the 2010 model. The latest MacBook Pro only does 720p, which even YouTube doesn’t consider “HD”.
We’re taking a fresh approach to solving this: no ads, no spam, no fiddly pairing, no drivers, and a polished, simple app that lets you make the most of the amazing camera you already own.
Camo works by streaming camera data from our iOS app to your computer. To use Camo, run the app on your iPhone or iPad, plug it into your computer, and launch Camo on your Mac. You’ll see Camo appear as a camera in your video apps!
Using your iPhone makes a huge difference compared to regular webcams, but Camo lets you do even more to look your best on video calls with detailed image adjustment controls.
There’s much, much more to come, including Windows and audio support. Sign up for our newsletter — no spam, we promise — to get the latest news on updates.
We’ve won Britain’s highest business honour, the Queens Award for Enterprise, and helped over 10,000,000 users over the last decade. Here’s what real people say:
Camo is friggin amazing. Like “how is it so low latency I can’t believe it’s technologically possible” amazing
Jeez using an iPhone 11 as a webcam via Camo @reincubate let me pay and upgrade this already! This is amazing!
PS. I need to see my barber asap
I'm using @reincubate's Camo since this morning and it's 🤯. Very easy to setup, to use, the quality of my meetings are greatly improved!
Camo from @reincubate is awesome. Works like a charm with MS Teams. Positioning the iPhone was the hardest part for my video call today.
Camo is amazing. Even in a beta state it’s so much better than any of the alternatives I tried before it (I even paid for a bunch of apps just to find the least bad one…) Absolute must-have for the working from home life, can’t wait to see a final public release 👍
So the early beta of Camo from @reincubate is pretty incredible, the quality difference between using my iPhone as a webcam and the iSight camera in my iMac is… let's go with “striking”? 😆 I labelled which is which in this picture, but I think you could have figured it out!
After trying out the Camo beta by @reincubate, I'm reminded that good engineering is truly undistinguishable from pure magic.
I'm happy to know that my webcam will now always be just as good as my current iPhone's camera.
Check it out:
I have to say, Camo from @reincubate is shaping up to be amazing already. Three meetings using the beta today, and the quality difference is night and day. And setup couldn’t be easier.
I'm beta testing @reincubate's Camo to use my iPhone 6S with video conferencing apps. I've used many and they worked "okay".
But right off the bat Camo offers the feature I wanted from other solutions: Camera controls and settings from the partner Mac app. It's perfect.
I always complain about how MacBook cameras are trash, but Camo fixes that by just letting you use your iPhone's (far better) camera instead, it's really cool!
@reincubate After 2hrs on MS Teams yesterday (Camo/iPhone 11), one of the other participants asked “hey are you using your computer camera?”
*gulp* “no, why, is it way out of sync? Bad quality?”
“No, the opposite, it looks REALLY good”
Thank you @reincubate.
Got my Camo beta invite and did some quick performance testing. Uses WAY less CPU than what I currently use and is much easier to set up. 🎊
Will definitely be adding this to my videoconferencing guide as the recommended webcam solution. 👍
Installed @reincubate #Camo beta.
Left: iPhone 11 selfie camera
Right: 2018 13” MacBook Pro's camera
Difference is stark. This is why I want to use the iPhone as a webcam.
Excuse pandemic beard.
Lots! More than 40, including Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, GoToMeeting, WebEx Teams, Slack and more. You can see the list on our site, or in Camo Studio itself.
Camo will never ask you to run some random command. We’re not like that.
Aidan the founder says:
I started building this because I had a top of the range Mac, but it annoyed me that friends who joined calls on their iPhones got better quality than I did. I got a top end Logitech webcam ($350!) and it wasn’t any good — the software sucked, the colours were cold and it kept refocusing all the time.
Everyone I spoke to said the solution was to get a DSLR camera and an Elgato CamLink (around $1,800!). That’d give amazing image quality, but that’s a heck of a lot of money. So Camo came about as a way to capture that pro quality without all that money. We shared an early build of Camo with Apple photography expert Jeff Carlson, and what he found blew us away. The best external webcam doesn’t have a chance against your iPhone.
We bought every type of phone mount on Amazon, and tried them all. We photographed the lot of them, and wrote up our experiences and recommendations here.
Camo is compatible with any iOS device running iOS 12 or above, so you could run it on an iPod Touch just as well as your iPhone 11 Pro. Or iPad Pro.
It’ll run on any Mac with macOS 10.13 or newer. We’ve made sure it runs on 2012 MacBook Pros and the 2015 12" MacBook. Zoom won’t even let you use virtual backgrounds on them, but Camo’s fine.
Camo is compatible with iOS 14 and macOS 11, and we’ve got a lovely macOS 11 interface update in the works.