Anker PowerConf C200 Webcam Review
Anker’s PowerConf C200 2k webcam is sleek, rugged, affordable ($69.99), and comes with a physical shutter to prevent goosebumps. Ever since the hybrid work environment has become a staple for the modern workforce, manufacturers are saturating the webcam market.
The main reason webcams are still popular is that most laptop webcams only output 720p and lack clarity, color, and low-light performance in most cases. We’re starting to see FHD (1920 x 1080) cameras in some high-end laptops, but most of them still fall short. A good webcam can make a huge difference, especially if you work or go to school at home and host many video meetings a day or broadcast professionally.
Anker’s PowerConf C200 is affordable at just $69, offers excellent build quality, plug-and-play setup, and software to fine-tune your user experience. It offers quality and capacity comparable to the Logitech HD C920 who sat comfortably on top of our best webcams list too long or Razer Kiyo Pro, both of which offer lower resolution. Where will the Anker PowerConf C200 end up ranking? Read on to find out if this new Anker PowerConf C200 will finally dethrone the Logitech C920.
Price and compatibility of the Anker PowerConf C200 webcam
Anker’s PowerConf C200 webcam costs $69.99. In the box you will find the C200, a USB-C to USB-A cable and the user manual.
Compatible with Windows 11 and macOSit works with all your popular video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google Meetand Microsoft Teams. I even used it to live stream via OBS streaming software.
Several webcam manufacturers are now making 4K webcams or 4K conferencing cameras, but in most cases, as with the Nexigo N970P, Meeting Owl Pro, Coolpo AI-Huddle, you plan to spend anywhere from $200 to nearly $1000 to get high-quality, wide-angle, and color-accurate videos and images. If you’re just a small business owner or a family on a budget, this can be prohibitively expensive and difficult.
Design of the Anker PowerConf C200 webcam
The 2 x 1.6 x 2.2 inch all-black oval rectangular Anker PowerConf C200 has a beautiful, unique curved design that feels sturdier in the hand than its 7-ounce weight should feel. The plastic is strong because I dropped it several times on purpose, squeezed it with my massive hands of gorilla strength and didn’t damage it at all.
Its large lens surface makes it look like an all-knowing eye is staring at you.
Above the webcam we find the slide switch for the physical security shutter that prevents unwanted glances from entering. I like that the safety shutter is bright orange so you know it’s been engaged.
Below the lens is a small LED light that signals when the camera is on, and below the lens we find the two noise-canceling omnidirectional microphones. At the back is the USB-C port and at the bottom we find the flexible screen holder with a rubberized interior to protect your devices. There is also a standard tripod screw mount under the flexible mount.
Video and audio quality of the Anker PowerConf C200 webcam
What’s wonderfully disturbing about this Anker webcam is that it’s on par with or better than many of the much more expensive webcams I’ve reviewed over the past couple of years. I have a small problem with the C200 as a whole and will fix it shortly.
I set up the C200 above my desk screen and opened up Google Meet for an afternoon meeting and the image was spot on. The colors were accurately saturated and the image was clear and sharper than my freshly starched Calvin Klein button-down shirt. It was under normal lighting powered by the ring light of my curtained office space. After my meeting, I changed my shirt, took a few photos using the Microsoft Camera app, and got some great shots out of it.
Autofocus on the C200 is extremely fast, and I only caught it once taking more than a split second to adjust during a low-light scenario.
It was the easiest thing, I then started a Zoom call with my daughter because it’s almost payday and I wanted to call her before she calls me. She immediately commented that she liked the way the Anker webcam rendered the video, even though I turned the lights off she didn’t notice she was struggling at all with the low light conditions or seeing distortion or pixelation, and neither do I. the image remained true to color which is also another plus point for the C200 as sometimes in low light situations you will notice color degradation as some cameras will struggle to have less light to work with.
Overall, the Anker PowerConf C200 is one of the best performing webcams I’ve reviewed in the past two years. Considering its price, portability and image quality, it’s hard to beat. However, everything has an Achilles heel, and the C200 is its microphones. Don’t get me wrong, they are very functional, in 90 degree directional or 180 degree omnidirectional mode. And the noise cancellation works great, but therein lies the catch. The noise cancellation works too well and as I’ve experienced with some headphones, there’s a bit too much noise cancellation, so the audio can sound too digitized and choppy at times. This appears to be an issue that can be fixed in a firmware update, but as things stand this could be a problem for those relying on the built-in noise cancellation. If Anker can fix this minor issue, the C200 could be the number one webcam on the market.
Anker PowerConf C200 webcam software
Anker’s PowerConf C200 is plug-and-play all day, every day. Insert its USB-C cable into the back of the webcam, then USB-A into your computer or USB hub and you can immediately participate in video meetings. You can download AnkerWork freeware if you want more advanced options.
The software gives finer control over the C200 allowing adjustments to resolution, angle width, frame (65, 78, 95 degrees), brightness, color saturation, sharpness and contrast. You can also adjust the audio angle from 180 degree omnidirectional to 90 degree directional pickup. The app is very user friendly and you will find yourself making quick adjustments and moving on with your day. If that sounds complicated, you can just leave the settings as they are, because right out of the box, the image and video look great.
The Anker PowerConf C200 comes with an 18 month warranty.
The Anker PowerConf C200 is a bargain, delivering high-quality images and video for a fraction of the cost of many other webcams and conference cameras. I include it in the area of conference cameras because of its versatile adjustable field of view that allows users to adjust from 65 degrees to 95 degrees, which is wide enough for a small conference room.
For $69.99, you get a webcam that delivers crisp, color-accurate images in normal and low-light conditions with super-fast autofocus. If Anker finds a way to fix the small audio issue, it will move to the top of our best webcams.