Should You Be Using a Better Camera for Video Conferencing?
These Products Are a Great Upgrade from Your Typical Laptop Webcam
What were you doing during your last business meeting? Be honest. You were likely returning some emails, maybe catching up on the news, or finishing some last-minute assignments.
It can be hard for people to stay engaged when they’re speaking to a faceless voice on the other side of the line. A recent study found that 73 percent of people work on other things during meetings.
One way to resolve this is to include visuals, especially video, during your presentation. We all know how important eye contact is to day-to-day communication so why dismiss that during important meetings?
For this reason, when researching video conferencing equipment, the first step should be upgrading your camera.
Find one that offers better visuals and flexibility for your Mountain View, CA business. Below we highlight some of our favorites.
Since it’s the most convenient approach, most employees typically use their laptop cameras during meetings. While that may be fine for some chats, you should upgrade to another solution if you plan to make video conferencing a big part of your business.
Built-in cameras often have pixelated, grainy visuals. They also don’t adjust well to the ambient lighting which results in glare and off-color images. While there are some stand-out exceptions, it’ll be cheaper to buy a high-quality external camera than upgrade to a high-end laptop.
When it comes to external cameras, Logitech cameras are a common starting point. Mounted on top of your laptop, they offer crisp images and sharp video. They also have a wider field of vision which is ideal if you want to get other employees in the frame.
Vaddio PTZ Cameras
If you want something more professional, we recommend Vaddio’s line of PTZ cameras. These are more of a whole-room solution rather than isolated to individual members. Place them at the center of the table or at strategic points of the room to get the best coverage.
Not only do they offer fantastic visuals, but their pan, tilt, zoom capabilities add much-needed flexibility. You can have members of the team move around the room and easily control the camera to stay within its viewing area.
We personally recommend the RoboSHOT 20 for large meeting rooms. It offers 20x zoom capabilities and works with HDMI and IP streaming.
Polycom is another excellent partner when it comes to video conferencing equipment. All of their cameras offer HD resolution and advanced digital imaging.
With 12x zoom options and 180-degree panning, they’re ideal for a variety of applications from small huddle spaces to large meeting rooms. With an integrated solution, it’s easy to control the cameras from your dedicated remote or touch panel.
Crisp, reliable video is the best way to engage with clients and employees. Set the right foundation for your video conferencing system with a camera upgrade. Need help finding the right one for your space? Contact us through the chat box located at the bottom of the screen.