VIDEO REVIEW AT END OF POST
I have a quite up to date HP laptop and yet the camera is only 720p and if you have a PC, well you don’t have a built in camera unless you pay extra for one that has a built in camera.
And so most people will then look to purchasing a webcam.
I have here the Dericam 1080p webcam that runs at 30fps and has a built in noise cancelling mic and costs under £25.
It comes in a plain brown box and I approve of that, why add extra money to the cost with fancy packaging? It also means the box is fully recyclable!
This requires no software to run or downloading drivers, it is fully plug and play. If you do have an issue with your system (Windows) choosing the built in mic or camera, just go into ‘Device Manager’ and disable them!
I usually film my reviews using a DSLR and Lav mic and use lighting and a green screen for my backdrop and the Dericam webcam handled my reviews well, it a fixed focus between 30 cm to 150 cm and the picture is sharp.
It has Face enhancement technology that automatically optimizes the image, but of course I am stunning anyway!
There was no lag at all and I cannot fault the image.
I did however find that the built in mic was lacking, it just didn’t have a very good sound (see video review) but that may be because I am used to using a Lav mic.
The webcam can be placed on the screen of your laptop or PC and it sits well and doesn’t slip. You can also keep the base folded and either stand it on a flat surface or use the built in tripod thread to mount the camera. It also tilts through 135°.
It comes with a privacy screen that can be attached via the adhesive on the rear and I like this addition.
It is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac and Android and some users have even managed to get it working with their smart TV.
So all in all a very nice product for the price which is under £25.