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I'm running Windows 7 x64 and I bought a Samsung Focus yesterday.

I'd really like to use its 5 megapixel camera as a webcam for myself, is there any software out there to do something like this for Windows Phone 7?

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From Sorry, Windows Phone 7 app makers: the camera's off-limits.

Right now, developers for WP7 are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to accessing the phone's camera, a key piece of hardware that can give apps a big wow factor. Simply put, they can't use it. Developers are usually provided the necessary tools and documentation for making software for an OS in the form of an SDK, or software development kit, but in this case it appears that Microsoft left out the software hooks necessary to fully control the lens.

So it seems like the camera is unusable for video streaming application. You may have to wait for an update to the WP7 SDK that may enable free use of the camera. For the moment, as that article says, the camera can only be used by the Microsoft applications that come with the WP7.

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That does not work with Windows Phone 7. Only Windows Mobile 6.5 or 6 or something. – Display Name Dec 4 '10 at 6:58
You are right, so I rewrote my answer. Unfortunately, the answer is "no go". You need an Android phone or iPhone for that. – harrymc Dec 4 '10 at 10:55
@Indebi: Thanks for accepting my (negative) answer. Just to remark that the bounty needs to be awarded separately. – harrymc Dec 6 '10 at 9:00
Sorry, I didn't know that I assumed it did it automatically, the bountry has been awarded. – Display Name Dec 7 '10 at 0:00

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