What Webcam Fits You Better

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It’s the era of media sharing and more than ever, we are recording our daily lives and putting ourselves in front of a camera for every moment that is worth recording and remembering, or even for those that are not.

More and more people are choosing webcams as their tool for professional use, for entertainment, or simply to stay in contact with friends and family that are too far away for regular visits.

Depending on your intended use for your webcam, there are different options available and it’s a good idea to know more about them before going shopping. There are several you can choose from.

Build-in Webcam

Most (if not all) laptops, smartphones and tablets already have a camera incorporated that serves as a still camera and video recording device.  Most of these devices can also be used for video meetings. These cameras often don’t have the greatest of video quality.  The image is often blurry and dark, as well has having a narrow vision field, so you have to be really close and right in front of it. This can be a problem if there are several people trying to participate in the conversation using the same camera, but perfect for one-on-one interaction.

These are best for home video calls, occasional recreational use, one-on-one, or on-the-go use.

Regular Webcam

You have a varied and wide range of normal webcams at your disposal; from very low-cost options that are up to par in terms of quality and will cost only a few dollars to really expensive ones with HD video quality and noise-cancelling microphones. The good point with these types of cameras is they will give you more definition and are best suited for a more professional use.  These are best utilized in settings like offices for use in meetings.  If you want quality, you will have to pay more.

These cameras work well in a professional environment, video multi- conferencing, and on-the-go use.

TV Cam

The greatest attribute of TV cameras is that you don’t need to turn on your computer, or even have it in the same room to use it. All you have to do is hook up the camera to your HDTV; the camera has a built-in microphone and connects directly to the Wi-Fi. You will need to configure your video-call software to be able to use it, but other than that is fairly easy to utilize. The advantage of this type of camera is that it has a panoramic view of the full room, so it’s possible for the whole family or a large group to use it. The bigger screen on a TV lets you see more from the other side as well. The video is also the highest quality of the options available. However, it comes with a cost, the price tag can be up to six times what a regular webcam costs.

These are best for large group home calls or professional environments where size and video quality are important. These are not possible to use on-the-go.

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