This document was created in response to requests made at a Collaboration Forum meeting and will be continually updated.
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Pro: Wide angle (around 90 degrees), good low light performance
Cons: Auto-focus sometimes gets lost, and the image becomes blurry until it refocuses.
Use cases: General purpose video conference camera, good when you want to show your surroundings
Pro: Image very sharp, very good auto-focus
Cons: Less efficient than the C930e in low light conditions
Use cases: general purpose video conference camera
Logitech ConferenceCam BCC950
Con: Less efficient than the C930e in low light conditions
Use cases: medium size conference room
Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam
Pros: Low light sensitivity, works very well in very low light conditions, good autofocus capabilities
Cons: The field of view is very narrow. It's not good if you need to show your surroundings.
Use cases: Face-to-face video calls
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam - Black
Same as Microsoft LifeCam Studio, but the resolution is a little bit smaller (720p instead of 1080p). You won’t have the best video quality.
Hover Cam (document viewer)
Pros: High fidelity document viewer camera, and manual focus to get the best quality for what you want to show
Cons: All models don't come with a second camera that will allow you to show your face.
Use cases: Teaching, drawing, showing small objects, and math
or 2 unit bundle for better coverage:
The CHAT 150 connects to PCs or Macs for rich, full-duplex audio communications, and bridges the gap between portability and small conference room use with a larger form factor. The CHAT 150 can be used with many applications requiring two-way audio (VoIP softphones, web collaboration applications, instant messaging), connected with enterprise phone systems (ad-hoc bridging capabilities allow a USB/analog mix) or simply used as a large loudspeaker for audio playback.
The CHAT® 50 personal, USB-powered speakerphone is a mobile audio peripheral that connects to a wide variety of devices, providing crystal-clear, hands-free audio for ad-hoc conferencing or audio playback. The small form factor is sleek enough for desktop conferencing, yet rugged enough to be completely portable. Hands-free laptop and cell-phone conferencing are possible any place, any time
Polycom Communicator gives you the ultimate hands-free online experience. Based on the same technology used in Polycom’s legendary line of triangular SoundStation conference phones, the Skype-certified Polycom Communicator enables crystal-clear, natural conversations when using Skype. Enjoy the freedom of not wearing your headset for hands-free Skype calls, or plug into the built-in stereo headphone port for private
Blue Yeti Microphone
• 4 Polar Pattern Selector: Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional
• Mic Gain Control
• Master Volume Control
• Mute Button
• Zero Latency Headphone Output with Amplifier & Volume Control: Standard 1/8” (3.5mm) headphone jack
• USB Connection
• Plug and play design – no complicated drivers required
• Mac and PC compatible
• Blue’s award winning dual capsule and circuit design
• Includes adjustable mic stand and USB Cable
Sony ECMAW4 Wireless Microphone
Mobile phone earbud headset
Pros: Ear buds that work with your phone can become very handy with your laptop or desktop when you are experiencing sounds problems. They are small and very discrete.
Headphones for video conference calls
Blackwire 325.1 Stereo Headset
Plantronics Savi W440 Headset
Voyager Focus Headset
$10 - $200
Pros: A lot of different models are available on the market, and most of them are good.
Cons: They are bulky.
Plantronics Audio 648 Stereo USB headset (behind the head)
$20 - $50
Pros: Very good audio quality, more discrete than over the head headphones
Cons: Not adjustable
Olympus ME-52W Noise Canceling Microphone
$13 - $25
Pros: Hands-free microphone, with noise cancellation. Very good if you have a noisy environment.
Cons: The microphone is very directional, and won’t pick up your voice if it’s not directed toward you.
Do you want a camera that can zoom and pan in a conference room?
We’ve listed a few below. Most cameras will need another device (conversion box) to hook to your laptop. If you currently own a video camera, it probably has an output that can be converted with one of the appliances listed below.
High definition (HD) signals are only recognized on dual core i5 processor (or higher) computers. Not every Google+ or YouTube account is enabled for high definition. You may find that standard definition (SD) is a good enough option.
Cons: Many web conferencing tools do not recognize an HD signal
Canon Vixia HV40
(Note: newer Vixia Cameras DO NOT have firewire outputs)
Last updated: 7/22/2014