How To Pick A Web Cam

The increasingly digital world we live in has ushered in the age of remote-everything; business meetings, webinars, and chats with your aunt are now being handed over to computers and their shiny accessories, web cams.

So, how to pick the one that is right for you? By following a few simple guidelines, you can make the right choice the first time. Here is what we recommend you watch out for:

Feedback/Noise

Who wants to interrupt their business meeting with loud screeching noises or even the barely-audible yet disruptive fuzzy undertone that is sure to add confusion to a crowded conference call? Don’t forget to consider the quality of the microphone when choosing what product will best handle your communications.

Compatibility With Softphones

The softphone, which is a piece of software that allows the userĀ  to make telephone calls over the internet via a computer, is rising in popularity in the workplace. Make sure that your webcam is compatible with this technology to experience a more cohesive experience and avoid unnecessary issues from incompatible technologies.

Consider HD

These higher-end cameras are great for video chats, recording, and surveillance.

Megapixels

One megapixel is equal to 1,000,000 pixels. While other web cam features such as the lens and FPS (Frames Per Second) affect the quality of the video, if you have HD functionality, a good specification to aim for is at least 2 megapixels. Lower-quality cameras begin at 320 x 240 pixels (or .0768 megapixels), and will affect the quality of your video.

Frame Rate/FPS

The Frame Rate is measured in Frames Per Second (FPS), and describes how many still images are delivered by the web cam in that amount of time to compose your video. The higher the frame rate, the more fluid your video becomes. A minimum of 15 FPS is recommended, with an FPS of 30 or higher being the best.

Our Recommendation for Business Use:

  • Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
  • Softphone Compatible
  • 15-megapixel snapshots
  • 30 FPS

 

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