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How Do I Choose the Best Video Conferencing Camera?

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  • Written By: Whitney Leigh White
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2016
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Many people use the Internet to video conference with one another. Through a video conference, two or more people are able to virtually interact with each other, both audibly and visually. In order to facilitate a video conference, a person must have several pieces of equipment, one of these being a video conferencing camera. Some people that take part in video conferencing use a webcam that is pre-installed to their computer; however, others often purchase a wired or wireless camera. To purchase the best video conferencing camera, a person should identify his or her budget, decide what resolution is preferred, see what cameras are available, as well as determine what types of cameras are compatible with the computer being used to facilitate the conference.

After a person identifies how much money is going to be spent on a video conferencing camera, he or she can determine what type of camera will be within this budget. Cameras are available in wide range of prices. Generally, the more expensive cameras will be of higher quality. Most times, wireless cameras are more expensive than wired ones, but both can still accomplish the same tasks.

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When a person takes part in a video conference, he or she will want a camera with a good resolution. The higher the resolution a camera has, the better imaging quality it will produce, and most cameras with extremely high resolutions tend to be more costly than those with an average or less-than-average resolution. In order for a video conference to have decent imaging, a person should purchase a camera with at least a 320 x 240 resolution. It is important to keep in mind that a camera’s megapixel capabilities are not the same as its resolution capabilities. Megapixel capabilities are only important when a person is taking still pictures.

With a small amount of online research or by visiting local stores, a person can identify what types of video conferencing cameras are available for purchase, either on a local or global basis. With so many different types available, a person should also conduct product reviews on any cameras he or she is considering purchasing, as well as talking to others who use a video conferencing camera for personal reviews. This will help to narrow down the camera selections, making it easier to decide which camera is the best choice.

Since a video conferencing camera is connected to a computer, it is extremely important to make sure that it is compatible with the computer's operating system. Most cameras will provide compatibility information on the packaging for easy reference, or, if purchasing online, the webpage displaying its features will usually show its compatibility information. Some cameras will have a plug-and-play option, meaning that its software will be automatically downloaded when the camera is plugged in, while others will require the user to install the software to be used.

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