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.
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.
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.
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.
Logitech is a company that's always been closely associated with PC gaming peripherals, but with its acquisition of Blue Microphones in 2018, it also positioned itself to sell to streamers and content creators. Making YouTube videos or streaming on Twitch have become big businesses themselves, with a whole class of accessories and hardware aimed at helping them produce content cropping up in recent years.
Your $5k+ may get you Apple's fanciest monitor yet, but look closely and you'll see that the Apple Pro Display XDR doesn't have a webcam - a gap Logitech plans to fill. The Retina 6K panel isn't short on pixels but Apple opted to leave out a camera, not so much as a cost-cutting exercise but one that recognized where the Pro Display XDR was likely to be used.
Today's most 2019 story is that the newest Acer Chromebook has a camera under its bottom. This camera is not below the display, and it's not hidden under a key in the keyboard. This is one of two cameras, the other of which sits above the display in the body of the machine, where a webcam usually sits. It's the one under the bum we're looking at right now.
This week at BETT, Acer revealed a pair of hardcore chromebooks for education customers. These devices are the first two 12-inch Chromebooks offered by Acer. One goes by the name Chromebook 512, the other goes by the name Chromebook Spin 512. Both devices are called "sturdy" and "safe for young students at school and home." Also one has a camera on its bottom.
Logitech has revealed its latest webcam, the Logitech BRIO 4K Pro, the first webcam with Ultra HD support with HDR and a 5x near-lossless zoom. The company's first 4K webcam, the BRIO also supports Windows Hello, Microsoft's face-recognition security system. However, there's more to it than just packing in pixels.
Messing with a fan favorite can be a tricky business, but Logitech believes it's on to a winner with the C922 Pro Stream Webcam. Replacement to the ridiculously well-respected Logitech C920, the new webcam is targeted resolutely at gamers wanting the best quality - and some clever special effects - for their gameplay streaming, whether that be on Twitch, YouTube, or somewhere else.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrived a little more than two weeks ago, and it has been a major headache for a lot of users. Though the update brought a bunch of features, it also unexpectedly broke millions of webcams, and now consumers are left waiting for a fix. That fix is in the pipeline and, if we’re lucky, it’ll be released next month. Until then, consumers are forced to contend with less-than-functional webcams, bringing their Skype sessions to a screeching halt.