The current pandemic has seen an uptick in virtual social gatherings, online business meetings and even streamed live concerts. And though our smartphones and laptops can be used for such things, many of us have sought to buy dedicated webcams, only to find out of stock notices posted by retailers.
With help from manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Sony, DSLR and mirrorless camera owners could put them to good use as USB webcams. But developer Jeff Geerling decided to take a more DIY approach by utilizing a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a HQ camera module.
Geerling owns an older model Dell XPS laptop where the camera array is placed at the bottom of the display, which means that you need to rethink your angle of attack to avoid onlookers examining your nose hair during video chats. Not ideal, and something Dell has fixed in newer models.