In this article, we are going to list out Microsoft Teams Certified Webcams. We have picked up the ones that we liked amongst the officially supported list.
So, what are the features that a modern webcam should support? In our opinion, the following are some of the must have:
- 4K Video Resolution @ 30 or 60 FPS
- Wide-Angle View
- Windows Hello Compatibility
- High-Resolution still images
- Automatic exposure and contrast control to compensate for glares and office backlighting.
In the era of high-resolution front-facing cameras on smartphones and laptops, the webcam isn’t dead yet. Instead, we are thankful for the competition that compelled the manufacturers to pack more features and better online experiences.
Also Read: Top Windows Hello Webcams
When we looked for shortlisting webcams, we also need to ensure that they are Enterprise ready and supports the popular Unified Communications platforms such as Skype for Business, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting, etc.
However, in this post, we are going focussing on Microsoft’s unified communications platforms such as Teams & Skype for Business. So, let’s get started.
Microsoft Teams Certified Webcams – Our Recommendations
Microsoft Teams still runs the Skype infrastructure as the backbone for enterprise voice and video, so fundamentally no changes. Teams and Skype for Business leverage a standard set of media technologies and capability for hosting online meetings.
Note: Skype for Business (SfB) certified peripherals and devices will work with Microsoft Teams, but Microsoft will not give Teams certification until they meet new requirements with notifications and integrations.
So, overall, when it comes to video conferencing, technically we will be using the same platform underneath.
Now, with that being said, let us list out the best Webcams that we feel is suitable for hosting the online Microsoft Teams meetings.
1. Logitech C930e Full-HD Webcam
The C930e is a business grade Webcam that offers 30 fps of high-resolution videos and is ideal for hosting web conferences. It also happens to be one of the least expensive devices on our list.
The camera comes with a 90 degree wide field of view with support for Pan & Tilt. It also comes with a software controlled 4x optical zoom. The videos are captured with the standard H.264 Encoding for optimal compression and bandwidth savings. You can download and use the Logitech Webcam Software if you want more control over the device. However, Logitech assumes that you are already using a professional grade software to control the device and does not include them as a bundle.
The only negative that we found with the C930e is the jumpy autofocus under low-light scenarios which should not be a deal breaker since its meant to be used in conference rooms.
Here are some of its high-level specifications:
- Full-HD 1080p video at 30fps
- 90-degree (diagonal) field of view
- Dual Omni-directional noise & echo canceling microphones.
- Digital Pan & Tilt function
- External Privacy shutter
- Plug n Play support for Windows 10 and Mac OS.
2. ConferenceCam Connect from Logitech – Full HD Video Collaboration Solution
The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a bit different from a traditional webcam. Just like an AIO (All-in-One) printer, this is an all in one Web-conferencing solution for smaller teams over Skype or Teams. The key selling point is its portability and feature rich functionality.
It is compatible with most UC (Unified Communications) and web conferencing solutions. It comes with a wide 90 degree field of view and an in-built 360 degree speakers for audio. The full-duplex Omni-directional microphones does the job of noise cancellation pretty well.
It comes with an an easy to use USB connectivity that enables you to connect a TV screen from a tablet or even your smartphone. Here are some of its high-level specifications:
- Full HD Video @ 30 FPS
- Full 90-degrees wide FOV, digital pan & tilt function with mechanical tilt wheel
- Up to 3 hrs. battery backup for videoconferencing (15 hours of audio playback)
- External IR remote with range of up to 10 Feet.
- Integrated Bluetooth, NFC & USB plug n play.
3. Logitech Brio Webcam (Windows Hello Support)
One of the most advanced webcams, the Logitech Brio Webcam is quality personified in terms of image quality that it offers you. An astonishing 2160p resolution and HDR compatibility would make it an excellent choice in every right.
Some of the features we would focus on include
- A stunning 4K compatibility
- The LightRight 3 light correction technology for quality video quality, streaming, and recording.
- Assured true to life HD video with autofocus and premium glass lens.
- Support for multiple connectivity options including USB 2.0 Type A and USB 3.0 Type A and C connections
- Certified for Skype for Business and Cisco, it offers you an excellent enterprise functionality.
Equipped with an easy to use the stand, that is the best you can opt for. You have access to a 5X zoom compatibility.
4. Logitech MeetUp for Small Meeting Rooms
The MeetUp from Logitech is the priciest device on our list. The webcam is tailored for business-grade audio and video meetings, especially for small huddle rooms and conference rooms.
It comes with the widest field of view at 120 degrees that provides sufficient coverage for everyone in a small sized conference room.
The In-built audio system also features a triple microphone setup and custom-tuned speakers specifically optimized for conversations in huddle rooms. The speakers also double up as a speakerphone, thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity. The device also offers you the option of integrating a mic expansion pod if you want more coverage.
Here are some of the specifications below:
- 4K Ultra-HD video (3840 x 2160 pixels @ 30 fps)
- 120-degree FOV
- Triple-microphone setup
- Motorized pan & tilt functions
- Integrated Bluetooth and RF Remote controls
- Powerful “rare-earth” magnet speakers.
As of now, almost all the webcam range that is Microsoft Teams certified are currently being manufactured by Logitech. There are some devices from Polycom, such as Eagle Eye IV USB which is essentially a conference room system and does not strictly come under the Webcam category.
We hope to see more manufactures offering competitive products for Microsoft Teams in the future.
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