When it comes to video conferencing there are many options for enterprise grade applications. However these options are out of the price range of many businesses that would like some video conferencing capability without a large investment. While Web cams have been getting better, they still leave much to be desired as a business communications tool. The new Logitech (News - Alert) C930e is a full 1080p HD web cam that promises to deliver options that were previously lacking in other cameras of this type.
The camera has many industry firsts for this price range. It comes with H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 video encoding standards and high-definition digital pan-tilt-zoom with an extra-wide 90 degree field of view.
The benefit of have the video encoding on the camera is it frees up bandwidth on your computer by placing the video processing in the camera. This allows it to adjust to the bandwidth available at your location. For applications like Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync this translates into a smoother video stream for better communications. The camera is optimized for Lync, but it is compatible with most unified communications (UC) and video conferencing apps including Cisco (News - Alert) and Skype.
"Logitech complements our video investments in Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2013 with the Logitech Webcam C930e. By supporting H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 video, along with full 1080p HD at 30 frames per second, the Logitech C930e enables great video experiences for more effective communication and collaboration in Lync deployments." said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager of Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft.
Some of the technical specifications include:
· Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients
· H.264/SVC video compression
· Supports H.264 SVC 1080p for Microsoft® Lync™ 2013, along with optimizations for best call performance in single or multiparty HD video
· 90 degree field of view, Zoom to 4X in 1080p, Rightlight 2 Technology for clear image in various lighting environments, even low light
· Optional light application for control of pan, tilt and zoom
· Carl Zeiss lens certification, Autofocus, External privacy shutter, Built-in dual stereo mics, Automatic low-light correction and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (USB 3.0 ready)
One of the features highlighted by the company is the fact that the camera’s wide field of view allows it “to show a full whiteboard on an office wall during a brainstorming session.”
"We designed the Logitech Webcam C930e to meet the demands of our business customers for the highest-possible video quality and for features that enhance face-to-face collaboration. At the same time, we implemented standards such as H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 to deliver maximum performance, even when available bandwidth is low or the PC's processor is heavily burdened." said Eric Kintz, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech for Business.
The camera is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It is projected to be available in the market by May of 2013 globally at a suggested price of $109.99.
Videoconferencing is becoming a standard business tool for most organizations not only to save on expense associated with travel, but also to be used for engaging colleagues for collaborations and also offering customers access for fee based personalized services. The biggest factor in choosing videoconferencing has been the quality of the technology and the price, and the Logitech Webcam C930e comes ahead on both accounts.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli