This year webcam sales of webcams like the TedGem USB 1080p Webcam have soared and that is because of the lockdown and people having to work from home and being reliant on online meetings via software like Zoom.
The webcam that comes built into a laptop is in my opinion a pathetic offering and if you have a desktop PC, well unless one is built into your monitor, you have to use a stand alone webcam.
The TedGem USB 1080p Webcam is a plug and play camera and I have been using it on an HP Pavilion laptop running Windows 10. It requires no drivers to work and is easily selected in software such as Zoom and Skype.
- 1080P USB webcam with H.264 video compression technology
- 30 frames / sec, MJPEG, H.264 – Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- Image Optimal Range:1.5m-5m- Range of view: 90°
- Facial-enhancement technology optimizes the image automatically
- Automatically track white balance, accurate color reproduction
- Built-in noise canceling microphone for clear sound quality dialogue
- Automatically eliminates background noise and clearly captures voice within 5 meters
- Webcam DRC digital wide dynamic function, no optical distortion, great for webinars, and video conferencing
- Clip-on base design makes web cam suitable for a variety of displays. such as laptop, LCD or monitors and can also be mounted on tripod
- Works with Windows, Android, Linux. Work with PC, notebook, laptop, desktop, Android TV which has USB port.
This webcam comes in a very plain card box with a basic paper instruction manual. That is because the flashy packaging on main brand products adds quite a bit to the price and as for the manual, well you don’t really need one as this is plug and play!
I used the TedGem USB 1080p Webcam for a Zoom meeting on preparing a Top Bar Bee Hive for winter recently and was very happy with the image quality.
The webcam sat on top of my laptop screen which was on my lap and it stayed put when I was moving.
The fixed focus is fine for video conference calls and even though the focus range is said to be between 1.5m & 5m, the image was still very good whilst the laptop was on my legs at about 0.5m away.
This focus range and the 90° range of vision means the webcam would capture a group of people sat round a desk if that was needed for a conference call.
I have to say that the sound is okay in software like Zoom and Skype, but using it to record it isn’t so good and I would in both situations opt to use an external microphone for better sound quality.
I am not going to rave about this webcam and claim it is amazing, it isn’t amazing, but it is a vast improvement on the webcam in most laptops and a good add on for a desktop PC that doesn’t have a camera and priced at £20.99 it is very affordable.
Yes there are some amazing webcams for sale that are 4k quality with microphones that are equally amazing but they will make a massive dent in your bank account!
This webcam is good for the price but I would highly recommend adding a standalone microphone to improve the sound.
In the video review (at end of post) of the TedGem USB 1080p Webcam I have included footage recorded from the laptop and also a clip taken from the Zoom meeting that I had. In both I had to increase the gain slightly as the sound was very quiet.
At the end of the day, this a webcam that costs £20.99 with free Prime same day delivery and that is a bargain and the picture from the camera is very acceptable.