The continuity camera feature on the latest iOS release, iOS 16.1.
When using the iPhone continuity camera feature, prepare to have better work face times or MS Team meetings. Gone are the wishy-washy poor, quality images and sounds of yesteryear. Instead, the images are crisp, and the sound is sharp.
To get this feature, firstly, this is for an iPhone, so if you don’t have one, I would imagine Android already has a workaround. But for iPhone users, you only need to get into the settings.
For MS Teams – open Teams, head to the ‘***’ 3 dots at the top right corner, and get into ‘Settings -> Devices -> scroll down to Camera -> select your iPhone. If your phone is not in the drop-down list, check your phone is connected to the same wifi as your computer. ‘
If you’ve successfully connected MS Teams to your iPhone, then the camera will default to your iPhone when you join a call in Teams.
Facetime is easier. Open ‘Facetime -> Video -> Camera’ (your phone should be on the list. If so, select it).
Now all you need do is position the phone on a tripod, like a mini Manfrotto, so that you can set the camera to film at whichever angle you’d like it to be. But ensure you stay in the wifi range to keep the connection. Or search for a ‘continuity camera mount’, which will bring up a list of accessories to hold the camera at screen level. Some use a MagSafe bracket, but this might only work on Apple Macs or MacBook Pros as they have a metal case. My HP monitor may not work as the rear case is plastic. I’ll have to check.
For those using a Sony system, like the Alpha A7 camera series, here is a similar post on using the Sony Imaging Edge Viewer. However, as there is more complexity in the set-up, this might be worth doing if it is for TV broadcast purposes.