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Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Old-school webcams don't cut it when you're working from home in a job that requires frequent face-to-face communications. The latest company to get in on the smart webcam market is Anker with its newly announced AnkerWork-brand PowerConfC300 AI webcam and PowerConfS500 portable conference speaker. Among other things, users can expect smart video framing and three different FOV options.

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Microsoft Modern headphones, webcam & speaker are tailored for Teams

Microsoft Modern headphones, webcam & speaker are tailored for Teams

Microsoft doesn't just have Surface Laptop 4 to announce today, but a range of new headsets, speakers, and even a standalone webcam for those needing to upgrade their home office. The new accessory lineup is particularly created with Microsoft Teams - the company's own communications platform - in mind.

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Eyecam wants webcams to be more human in the creepiest way possible

Eyecam wants webcams to be more human in the creepiest way possible

Our homes these days are riddled with cameras, from the ones in our phones and laptops to the more inconspicuous ones in security cameras inside and outside the house. Oftentimes, these cameras are designed to be invisible, utilitarian, and cold, even if they are sometimes used to communicate with a living being on the other end of the Internet line. Just as there have been attempts to make technology and devices feel more humane and human, a new experiment tries to make the humble webcam more relatable by turning it into a creepy eye that actually makes it feel more inhuman in the process.

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Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Today we're taking a peek at a brand new camera from the folks at Razer. This is the Razer Kiyo Pro, a USB camera made for streamers of all sorts. The power of this camera is in its combination of simplicity and power. Right out the gate, you can plug this camera in, it'll be automatically detected by your computer, and it'll look significantly better than the camera that's built in to your laptop (if you're using a laptop, that is).

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Poly made a 4K auto-tracking webcam and a video call display with built-in lighting

Poly made a 4K auto-tracking webcam and a video call display with built-in lighting

If working from home and home-schooling have taught us anything over the past year, it's that the webcam in your laptop probably isn't doing your face any favors. Standalone webcams were in short supply in 2020, but we're now seeing heavyweights from enterprise video conferencing weigh in with consumer-focused options, like the new Poly Studio P Series.

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Samsung under-display camera teased – but it’s not for phones

Samsung under-display camera teased – but it’s not for phones

Ahead of its Unpacked event today, where the company is widely expected to reveal the new Galaxy S21 lineup, Samsung has been spotted teasing something of a completely different nature. While today should be most (if not wholly) about mobile hardware, Samsung Display is teasing OLED notebooks with a webcam under the display. This, as you can imagine, will come with a lot of benefits - assuming, of course, that Samsung can actually make it work well enough to warrant putting the webcam behind the display in the first place.

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Dell’s automatic webcam shutter is genius and every other laptop should steal it

Dell’s automatic webcam shutter is genius and every other laptop should steal it

Dell has a whole bunch of new laptops and desktop computers in the mix this year, and at least one tiny, yet highly innovative new feature. The feature was announced this week on the Dell Latitude 9420 and 9520, two laptops with what might at first appear to be a standard webcam. But this webcam has an automatic shutter called SafeShutter.

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Sony releases Mac app to turn its cameras into webcams

Sony releases Mac app to turn its cameras into webcams

Sony has released its eminently-useful webcam app for macOS, turning the company's digital cameras into higher quality webcams for you Mac. The hotly-anticipated macOS release follows Sony's version of the Sony Imaging Edge Webcam app launched for Windows PCs back in August.

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Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Even while travel and work restrictions slowly start to be lifted, the "new normal" not just for the workplace but for communication in general has become more virtual than ever before. From built-in webcams to smartphones, it has become more common for people to resort to video chat and conferencing services to connect with family and colleagues. Jumping quickly on that opportunity, Canon has announced the stable version of its EOS Webcam Utility for Windows with one notable new feature added.

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Olympus OM-D Webcam Beta is now compatible with Macs

Olympus OM-D Webcam Beta is now compatible with Macs

Almost all major camera makers have, by now, announced one form of software or another that turns a select number of their cameras into hi-res webcams. The motivation behind this push is hardly any secret as anyone and everyone tries to ride the Zoom wave. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, only a few camera models are supported and most of them start off supporting only Windows. Owners of Olympus' OM-D cameras with Macs might be happy to know that they're no longer being left out of video conferencing party.

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This free app turns these 35 Sony cameras into webcams

This free app turns these 35 Sony cameras into webcams

Sony has released an app that turns 35 of its most popular cameras into webcams, as at-home workers and remote students find themselves needing better quality video for their calls. The Sony Imaging Edge Webcam app follows similar software from other camera manufacturers, allowing USB connections rather than needing complex HDMI input boxes.

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Fujifilm X Webcam software adds two cameras, macOS coming soon

Fujifilm X Webcam software adds two cameras, macOS coming soon

It's definitely the new trend for camera makers to ride on the wave of people getting hooked on video conferencing or even video streaming at home. Whether it's for meetings, seminars, or making instructional videos, companies like Fujifilm are offering their dedicated and better cameras as the video capture tool you'll want. Unfortunately, they actually don't cover all their existing models but Fujifilm seems to be slowly expanding its software's reach to more recent cameras.

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