Staying in touch with the rest of the world is important. Getting the right tech to help keep you in the loop makes all the difference. Stay in touch with colleagues, family, and friends with one of these video conferencing cameras for your home and/or office.
1. Meeting Owl Pro Video Conferencing Cameras by Owl Labs
- 360 degree camera
- Easy one-step setup
- 1080p resolution
- Price point
- Must be USB connected
- One color option
The Meeting Owl Pro by Owl Labs is one of the smartest video conferencing cameras on the market. The camera is designed for all types of use. It’s the perfect camera for the office or at home or both. The camera features 360 degrees of view which makes it a great addition to a conference room for big meetings where everyone is involved. Or you can use it at home with the family when you want to check in on the grandparents.
The unit includes a 1080p smart video conference camera, microphone, and speaker. It’s compact size and discreet lines make it a great purchase for anyone that needs a great video camera. The camera can detect who in the room is speaking and will shift to focus on them. The sound is two times louder and two times clearer and sharper than any other camera in the game. It’s 8 smart microphones will pick up any sound within an 18-foot radius. It features easy setup with no installments or downloads so you can get back to work or reach out to family instantly.
2. Huddly GO Video Conferencing Cameras
- 150-degree field of view
- Sleek and discreet size
- Plug and play out of the box
- No microphone
- No speaker
- Longer cable may be needed
If you are looking for something a little more discreet for the home or office or both then I suggest looking into the Huddly GO camera. It mounts almost anywhere and is actually quite small for the power that it boasts. You can mount this camera on the top of any laptop or computer as well as television at home or in the office. It sits at the front of the room or center of the room instead of the center of the table. Because it features a wide-angled lens there is nothing to worry about, it will capture everything that the other bigger cameras can.
This small but powerful camera has a plug and play setup which makes it incredibly easy to use right out of the box. It can be used with most popular webcam and meeting applications including Zoom and Skype. The camera features 150-degrees of view and if the bracket is upside down, the camera will actually flip the image so that it is seen right-side up. The system will upgrade itself automatically keeping you up to date with all new releases and updates in the technology. This product is recommended to be used with a speakerphone or microphone that is based inside of your computer or laptop as it does not come with a microphone or speaker. This is a great option for those folks looking to upgrade their camera equipment.
3. Yamaha CS-700 SP Video Conferencing Cameras
- Trusted name brand
- High-tech audio
- Sleek and sexy design
- Mount only
- Made for conference rooms
- Price point
Most folks, when shopping for high teach equipment for their homes or offices are interested in buying the best quality for their money. If you don’t know the Yamaha name then you have been living under a rock for the past few decades. The Yamaha name is well-regarded in the world of sound and has broken into the world of video on top of their audio successes. My first Yamaha product was a keyboard that I actually still have. It has worked perfectly for over 20 years and probably won’t ever get rid of it.
This video conferencing camera couldn’t be easier to use, boasting plug and play technology made famous by their amps and musical instruments. Being that Yamaha is known for sound and audio this camera and mic setup has premium quality microphones and speakers built right in. You can mount this system on the wall at the head of a conference room or office as well as below a TV in a family room at home. It’s sleek and sexy design makes it blend in with any decor. Compatible with Bluetooth, USB, and NFC wireless options. The kit comes complete with a CS-700 Unit, Wall Mount, Power Cord and Supply, USB Cable, Ethernet Cord, and instruction Manual.
4. Aver VB342 Professional USB Plug-N-Play Camera
- Wide-angle zoom
- Motorized pan and zoom camera
- 4K clarity
- Mount only
- Good for large spaces
- Batteries needed (included)
Now if you need something bigger, better and cooler for your office or your home space, then you should check out this beast from Aver that is a bit heavier than your average conference or video cam. It actually weighs over 9 pounds but since it will spend most of its life mounted or in one set space, the weight really doesn’t weigh your life down. This piece will not only serve you well, but it will add to the overall looks and ambiance of the space you use it in. While sleek and sexy is the new look, this camera system will fit in well anywhere with any decor. You can set this up traditionally at an office or conference type space and you can also set it up in your home office or living room so you can chat with family while sitting on the couch.
The soundbar style of the newer conference and home cams is really cool and everyone that invests in one of these futuristic-looking devices is exceedingly happy with their purchase. Connect to your computer or laptop with a single USB cable. The wide-angle zoom will capture anything within the 94-degree viewing radius and can pan and zoom up to 165-degrees and also boasts a 4x zoom for clear and crisp pictures. The microphone will pick up any sound within the 12-foot radius. The mount comes with cable management that will hide all cables and keep your office and/or home looking clean with no dangling cables or cords.
5. Logitech Conference Cam BCC950 Video Conference Webcam
- High-tech features and design
- Super smart microphone with echo cancellation
- Remote control
- Not a full 360 degree view
- Made for smaller conference rooms
- Rigid design
Logitech has a great reputation in the world of office and home technology. The products they design, build and produce are used all over the world and are extremely popular. This conference webcam is one of the coolest looking designs in the market. It looks and acts like something out of a science fiction movie. The entire package comes complete with both camera and microphone. It is a great option for personal use or small conference rooms in a business setting.
The camera has a 78-degree field of view and 180-degree remote-controlled pan with tilt and zoom feature so that you can be sure that everyone at the table is in the field of view. It has a built-in speakerphone and noise-canceling microphone so that all parties can be heard crisply and clearly. There is a remote control that controls all of the controls on the system as well as basic controls on the base. With the Omni-directional microphone pickup and echo canceling tech, it makes it seem like the conversations are all happening live and in the same area, no matter the distance.
This camera and setup will work with most video conferencing apps and platforms. If you use Skype, Skype for Business, BlueJens, Broadsoft, Cisco, Cisco Jabber, WebEx, Fuze, Lifesize, Cloud, Vidyo and Zoom.
Business or Pleasure?
Trying to figure out which camera setup is right for your specific needs and budget? There are a lot of solid options out there and a lot of options that appear to be great on the surface. If you were to do a deep dive into a lot of those options you would find some tech issues as well as some user issues. The choices on this list are a great balance and mix of user-friendly tech and practicality.
What is the Best Video Conferencing Cameras for You?
We have done the legwork for you in narrowing down the choices when it comes to your next VC Camera. No matter if you are looking for something for home use or something that is going to be in your office space or conference room, we have hand-picked, sort of, the best of the best.
If you are looking for a plug and play type of setup, a setup without a lot of work prior to being able to make video calls then you should check out the Huddly GO camera system. You can hook it up to your USB on your computer or laptop right out of the box and be using it in minutes. Also, you can clip it nearly anywhere and bring your video chats and meetings where ever you need it.
There is a couple of 360-degree field of view options on this list and they are both from Owl Labs. They have a great look and design and are super intuitive with auto-zoom, pan and voice following and recognition features that make them the top two choices on this list. If you want the cream of the crop then check out the Meeting Owl Pro.
Now if you are on a budget and need something that won’t break the bank but is still easy to use and actually kind of fun, you should definitely buy yourself a Logitech. This video conferencing camera is intuitive, cool to look at and will get the job done. It also comes with remote control and can adjust the brightness, zoom, and pan in the blink of an eye.