August 2012 Ian Chiu
USB webcams are often associated with something mounted to the top of a monitor. In recent years, an increasing number of LCD panels and nearly all laptops feature a built-in video camera. The need for a discrete camera for video conferencing seems somewhat unnecessary. However, there’s a growing trend in the corporate space for an affordable yet powerful webcam, enabling small groups to collaborate effectively in situations where conference rooms aren’t always available or space is severely limited. Integrated webcams just won’t cut it since they are primarily designed for one-to-one video communication.
Enter the Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam – the first of its kind to meet the requirements for business-grade video conferencing applications in small group meetings. What separates the ConferenceCam from the rest of the pack is the camera to accommodate in different environment. It comes with a motorized base which allows you to control the pan (up to 180 degrees), tilt (up to 55 degrees) and zoom features via the remote control. Since you can point the ConferenceCam anywhere in the room remotely, participants don’t have to move around to be seen by the other party. Equally important is the built-in omni-directional speakerphone that let everyone to hear and be heard from up to 8 feet away. Additionally, a stand which raises the ConferenceCam by 9 inches is included so participants can make perfect eye contact.
Also worth mentioning is the camera’s compatibility with almost all web-conferencing software, including Adobe Connect; Cisco WebEx, Citrix Go to Meeting, LifeSize Connections, Apple FaceTime, Microsoft Lync, Skype and etc. ConferenceCam isn’t USB 3.0 but Logitech manages to pump 1080p video at 30fps by compressing the data with the on-board H.264 processor. This helps save some CPU usage and alleviate network congestion associated with high-def video streaming. Logitech ConferenceCam, priced at $249.99, is made to boost productivity in business so expect to pay more than a regular webcam.