It can be pretty easy to fill your SD card with great footage when shooting with an Olympus camera. Now it’s time to upload your photos and videos. Here’s how to connect your Olympus camera to your computer. Including using it as a webcam and uploading your footage to your computer.
There are four ways to connect your Olympus camera to your computer. You can directly connect with the supplied USB cable, use an SD card reader, or wirelessly connect your Olympus camera. And you can use many Olympus cameras as a webcam. Here’s how, in order of ease of use.
For this test, I used the Tough TG-6, which I own. It is both dustproof and waterproof, with an IP rating of IP68. Here’s more about IPX ratings.
Like most photographers, you probably have your favorite way to upload your files. Having more options can improve your workflow, and keep your files safe. Here are three easy methods to connect your Olympus camera to a computer.
- Pro: You can use the supplied USB cable. No additional equipment required.
- Con: You might need to find that USB cable. And it is slower than other methods.
If you can’t find the supplied cable (or want a spare one) this Amazon Basics cable is a great choice. They are USB A to USB Micro B and come in lengths of 3 to 10 feet.
- Connect the micro USB end to your Olympus camera. The USB port will likely be labeled “USB”. The connector will be snug but will connect without requiring much force.
- Connect the USB A (larger rectangle) end to a USB port on your computer.
- Turn on your Olympus camera, and watch for the prompt on your computer.
- Pros: File transfer is faster than via a USB cable. And you can continue to use your camera while you upload footage from the other SD card.
- Cons: If you don’t have an SD card reader, you’ll need to purchase one. That’s the only drawback to this method.
If you need a good card reader, I recommend the Anker 2-in-1 with USB 3.0.
USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) has a maximum bandwidth rate of 5 gbps (gigabits per second). That translates to 640 MBps (megabytes per second)—ten times faster than USB 2.0 (aka Hi-Speed USB).
Once you upload (copy) your photos and footage to your computer, you should format your SD card.
This step will empty your card and prepare it for the next adventure. Personally, I prefer to format in-camera, instead of using the card reader and formatting in-computer. This prevents any weird conflicts and errors.
- Pros: Just tap and transfer.
- Cons: Because the transfer requires your camera, you won’t be able to shoot while uploading wirelessly. This probably won’t affect workflow too much, but it isn’t as flexible as using an external SD card reader.
It’s important to note that not all Olympus cameras have the ability to connect via WiFi to a computer. Just having the WiFi logo isn’t enough. Some will only wirelessly connect to your phone and not to your computer.
- Press Menu/WiFi Button
- You’ll see “Select WiFi connection” option
- Choose “Private Connection”
- Connect your computer to this SSID wireless network, as shown on your camera
Here’s a simple tutorial for connecting an Olympus camera to a Mac.
- Compatible Olympus camera (see list below)
- Elgato Cam Link 4K (HDMI capture device)
- HDMI cable (micro HDMI)
- USB cable for power
Here’s the full guide.
- Plug micro-HDMI into your Olympus camera and the other end into your capture device
- Connect capture device to your camera
- Watch for a pop-up message noting that your webcam is ready to go
- To begin, download the Olympus Image Share app for Android or iOS.
- Follow the instruction in-camera to intitiate and connect to the app. Photo below shows what to expect.
- You can use the app to remote control your Olympus camera, import photos, and even edit them.