Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
For the past few weeks, I've been testing out webcams, searching for a device that provided decent video and reproduced my voice clearly and crisply even when I strayed from the mic.
While every camera I've reviewed has produced HD quality video, their methods of focus have differed. One device was equipped with autofocus, and the second could be adjusted manually. Today I am experimenting with a fixed focus lens. These techniques, each of which offers a unique set of benefits and disadvantages, will be discussed in this article.
The C960 is fitted with a pair of microphones equipped with noise reduction. Its camera lens consists of four layers of anti-glare glass and is of the fixed focus variety.
This webcam may be clipped onto a laptop or a desktop monitor. It can also be placed on a flat surface or mounted to a tripod.
To ensure the user is centered correctly, the camera may be angled upward or downward.
This device connects to a computer employing a six-foot cable, terminated with a USB plug.
- Manufacturer: eMeet
- Name: Webcam
- Model: C960
- Camera: 4-layer anti-glare glass lens
- Lens: Wide angle 90-degrees
- Image quality: 2 Megapixel
- Video quality: 1920 X 1080p video at 30fps
- Focus type: Fixed
- Focus range: 5cm to 5m (2 inches to 16 feet)
- Light correction: Corrects white balance in low light
- Angle adjustment: Upward and downward
- Microphone: 2 built-in omnidirectional Noise-canceling mics
- Mount: Flexible monitor clip that can be attached to a tripod
- Plug and play: Yes, with Windows
Shenzhen eMeet Technology develops innovative products based on intelligent voice, intelligent image, and natural language processing.
This webcam is connected to a computer via a six-foot cable terminated with a USB jack. I inserted a powered USB hub between the two, allowing me to remove power from the camera when it is not in use. The required drivers loaded automatically to Windows after the webcam was physically installed.
The eMeet C960 is fitted with a rubber-backed clip and can be attached to virtually any monitor or laptop. This camera may also be mounted to a tripod or placed on a desk.
I set up a Zoom meeting with an associate to assess how well this webcam performed under work-like conditions. My voice was reproduced crisply and clearly even when I backed away to a distance six-feet from the camera. The microphones' noise reduction system completely muffled the air purifier's loud hiss and the sound produced by tapping keys on my keyboard.
The C960 is fitted with a fixed focus system. This provides a reasonably crisp view of an entire room and is ideal when two or more people are included in the video.
Some webcams are equipped with autofocus. This system works best when used with one participant because it keeps him in sharp focus even if he tends to pace back on forth across the room.
Other webcams utilize a manually adjusted focus. This can be useful if you want to press an item, perhaps a document, close to the camera. In this case, the focus can be adjusted to ensure that this item is displayed correctly.
The eMeet C960 provides a 90-degree viewing angle. This presents a view wide enough to include several people with only a minimal fish-eye effect.
I employed a Vogek Grow Light to provide illumination during a series of video tests. This device is fitted with three sets of LED lights; connected to flexible arms, which can be either dimmed or brightened. This lamp, which is intended for use with plants, looks very much like a prop from a 1950's science fiction movie.
Sample photographs were taken using Debut Video. My associate and I also experimented with lighting during a Zoom meeting.
The C960 is designed to work under low light conditions. While this system did perform effectively, there can be side effects. On one occasion, the camera utilized my large and bright monitor as its primary light source. Unfortunately, the monitor's output took on my shirt's bluish color, adding an unhealthy tint to my facial features. To counteract this unpleasant alteration, I opened the door behind me. The added light turned off the low-level compensation and greatly improved the color.
Under typical situations, colors appear to be natural, and everything within the viewing area is well focused.
The output from the microphones is crisp, clear, and easy to understand. Once I sorted out the lighting requirements, the video proved to be excellent as well. The eMeet C960 is recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Walter Shillington