Webcam – Cumming The Fragrance http://cummingthefragrance.com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 17:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cummingthefragrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Webcam – Cumming The Fragrance http://cummingthefragrance.com/ 32 32 How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam for FaceTime on Mac https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-use-your-iphone-as-a-webcam-for-facetime-on-mac/ Wed, 18 May 2022 23:34:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-use-your-iphone-as-a-webcam-for-facetime-on-mac/ The Mac app is where all the proverbial magic happens; there you can adjust settings such as zoom and resolution, as well as choose which lens of your iPhone you want to use. On the right side, you can make all sorts of granular adjustments to things like shutter speed, ISO, temperature, and hue, as […]]]>

The Mac app is where all the proverbial magic happens; there you can adjust settings such as zoom and resolution, as well as choose which lens of your iPhone you want to use. On the right side, you can make all sorts of granular adjustments to things like shutter speed, ISO, temperature, and hue, as well as brightness, hue, saturation, contrast, gamma and sharpness.

However, the discreetly labeled “Mode” menu on the left panel is where the fun begins. “Mode” lets you choose from a variety of image options, from simple to comical. “Portrait”, “Basic Portrait” and “Muted Background” offer different levels of background darkening. “Emoji Face” and “Emoji Hands” overlay these elements on your face and hands. “Face Follow” follows your face similar to Apple’s Center Stage, but keeps your face in the center, which has a somewhat creepy effect.

Other effects range from the silly (“Fred’s on Your Head” puts a CGI cat atop your dome) to the artistic (“The Starry Night” mimics the color pattern and brushstrokes of the famous painting) . Of all the options listed under “Mode”, the only one limited to the paid version is the normal “Portrait” mode (i.e. not “Basic Portrait”).

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How to Use an External Webcam for FaceTime on macOS https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-use-an-external-webcam-for-facetime-on-macos/ Sat, 14 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/how-to-use-an-external-webcam-for-facetime-on-macos/ Apple’s iPhones have some of the best cameras in the smartphone market, but that hasn’t always been the case with MacBooks and iMacs. Although the latest models have improved in this regard, owners of older models and anyone who simply wants the best image quality possible will still want to turn to an external webcam […]]]>

Apple’s iPhones have some of the best cameras in the smartphone market, but that hasn’t always been the case with MacBooks and iMacs. Although the latest models have improved in this regard, owners of older models and anyone who simply wants the best image quality possible will still want to turn to an external webcam for their meetings.

If you’re one of those dissatisfied customers, you’ve probably thought about or purchased an external webcam. Although most webcams are plug-and-play, there are still a few things you need to learn before using an external webcam for your FaceTime meetings.

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Great value at an awkward price – Review Geek https://cummingthefragrance.com/great-value-at-an-awkward-price-review-geek/ Fri, 13 May 2022 13:00:16 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/great-value-at-an-awkward-price-review-geek/ Evaluation: 6/10 ? 1 – Absolute hot waste 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste 3 – Severely flawed design 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages 5 – Acceptably imperfect 6 – Good enough to buy on sale 7 – Great, but not best in class 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes 9 – Shut […]]]>
Evaluation:
6/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $100

Andrew Heinzman

Avermedia is best known for its capture cards, which are popular with gamers. So I was very excited when the company told us about their PW315 webcam. At just $120, it’s one of the cheapest webcams to offer 1080p 60FPS video, and I thought it would be great value for live streamers and remote workers.

Here’s what we like

  • Smooth video at 60FPS
  • 95 degree wide field of view
  • Decent software
  • Stable performance, works in poor lighting

And what we don’t do

  • Grainy and compressed image
  • Fixed focus, no autofocus
  • Poor mics
  • Non-detachable USB cable
  • Good value, but there are cheaper options

Yeah, I was right; the PW315 is a great value. It captures smooth video, works in low light conditions, and can be mounted on a monitor or tripod. But the $120 price tag is a little inconvenient, and unless you’re on a strict budget, you might find yourself skipping the PW315 for something cheaper or more expensive.

Specifications

Silky Smooth 60FPS at the expense of quality

Most webcams capture video at 30 frames per second, which makes sense because high frame rates aren’t that important when you’re on a video call. But hey, the Avermedia PW315 captures at 60FPS, and its image is smooth as butter. Like, smoother and more consistent than what other webcams offer at a higher price.

Now, I don’t think 60FPS is a serious selling point for people who just want to make video calls, and I’m not sure why Avermedia included it with this device. But if you need a budget webcam for game streaming, then of course a high frame rate is an advantage, especially when paired with the Avermedia PW315’s 1080p resolution.

I’m also impressed with the PW315’s performance in low light. Images and colors rarely get out of whack, even when the lights are excessively bright or dim (but very dark rooms require some brightness and exposure adjustments). Obviously, Avermedia understands that the average home office dweller just wants a webcam that will work.

Oh, and the 90-degree field of view is excellent. This webcam captures fairly wide video. Just keep in mind that a wider FOV makes it easier for others to see your room during live streams or video calls. (Obviously something I hadn’t considered before writing this review.)

Here’s the problem; the video quality itself is quite poor. It’s a 1080p webcam, but all those pixels work together to produce a grainy image with lots of flowery whites. And I think aggressive video compression is to blame – the Avermedia PW315 uses a USB 2.0 cable and encodes all video as inefficient MJPEG. With such bandwidth limitations, strong compression is a necessity.

To Avermedia’s credit, the PW315 seems to make the most of poor bandwidth. Video doesn’t skip or stutter, and again, low-light performance is impressive. This is a solid plug-and-play webcam, which is more than I can say about Logitech’s cheaper options. Oh, and there’s that prime lens.

I don’t think fixed focus is necessarily a bad thing. Basically, anything more than 15 inches from the camera is in focus and you don’t have to worry about focusing. But fixed-focus cameras tend to have a “sweet spot” and you can’t get too close without getting blurry. An autofocus lens would eliminate these problems.

And in case you were wondering, you can set the frame rate of this webcam to 30FPS. But it does not improve the video quality. At least, not in any noticeable way.

Do not use webcam microphones

Avermedia PW315 webcam with its privacy shutter closed.
Andrew Heinzman

The microphones of the Avermedia PW315 sound horrible. They’re tiny, they lack clarity and, unsurprisingly, they pick up a ridiculous amount of room echo. But I don’t blame Avermedia, because that’s a problem with all webcams.

You should avoid using webcam microphones whenever possible. They just sound terrible, especially at this price. I understand; sometimes you’re in a rush – I’ve had to use webcam microphones plenty of times! But your colleagues, or the person you’re talking to online, would really appreciate a microphone that doesn’t suck.

I’m not digressing, by the way. That’s right on topic, because if you don’t have a microphone or headset, then you need to factor one into the cost of this webcam – it’s an extra $50 if you buy something decent.

Decent design and build quality

Avermedia PW315 webcam tripod screw hole.
Andrew Heinzman

Unsurprisingly, the Avermedia PW315 feels a little light and plastic. The built-in privacy shutter feels cheap and difficult to adjust with one hand, and although the USB 2.0 cable is quite long (just under 5 feet), it isn’t detachable, which is annoying.

But the overall build quality is decent, and I think it’s appropriate for the price. The hinge on the webcam clip is nice and secure, and I’m sure the PW315 could survive even the bumpiest travel bag.

Plus, the design makes up for any build quality quirks. The Avermedia PW315’s camera can rotate 360 ​​degrees and tilt up and down enough to compensate for difficult setups. More importantly, there is both a monitor clip and an integrated tripod mount. You should have no trouble installing this webcam on a desktop.

I also appreciate that there is both a privacy shutter and an LED indicator on the PW315. These features should come standard with every webcam, but for some reason they don’t.

Surprisingly tolerable software

There’s nothing worse than dealing with webcam software. But Avermedia CamEngine program is surprisingly tolerable. It’s simple, it lets you tweak the settings that really matter, and it has a handful of special features for power users.

At a glance, the CamEngine lets you adjust webcam brightness, gamma, zoom, and other basic controls. Any changes you make are processed and saved on the webcam, so you don’t need to keep the software open after making adjustments.

You can also set hotkeys to trigger webcam functions, such as mute the microphone. It’s a neat feature, and I imagine it would come in very handy during live streams. Unfortunately, these shortcuts only work in CamEngine software, so I doubt people will use them during video calls.

And for some reason, the PW315 has some AI features. There are a handful of cute face filters, plus an AI auto-framing tool that automatically pans and zooms to follow you. None of these AI features work too well, but hey, no one is forcing you to use them!

The main thing: good value, awkward price

The Avermedia PW315 webcam on a Joby tripod.
Andrew Heinzman

You will never find one surprising webcam in this price range. There will always be something to complain about, especially if you’re trying to capture high-quality video for a livestream, professional conference, or YouTube vlog.

But the average person doesn’t need a crazy webcam. They just need something that looks better than a laptop webcam and doesn’t require a ton of attention. Avermedia’s PW315 does the trick: it’s a simple plug-and-play webcam that works in low light conditions and operates at 60 frames per second, which is more than you can say for cheaper options (and some more expensive options).

Unfortunately, the price is a bit awkward. I really can’t tell if Avermedia is trying to target live streamers or remote workers. At $120, the PW315 is one of the more affordable 60FPS webcams, but you can get much better video quality with the $200. Razer Kiyo Pro. If I was a live streamer hoping to gain an audience, I would save for the most expensive device.

And if you’re just trying to buy a decent webcam for video calling, there are much cheaper options than the PW315. the Logitech C920xfor example, offers 1080p video for $68 – I think Avermedia sells a better webcam, but the quality difference is negligible if you’re just sitting in Zoom meetings.

Here’s what we like

  • Smooth video at 60FPS
  • 95 degree wide field of view
  • Decent software
  • Stable performance, works in poor lighting

And what we don’t do

  • Grainy and compressed image
  • Fixed focus, no autofocus
  • Poor mics
  • Non-detachable USB cable
  • Good value, but there are cheaper options
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eMeet’s new Meeting Pod is a 3-in-1 smart webcam for video meetings https://cummingthefragrance.com/emeets-new-meeting-pod-is-a-3-in-1-smart-webcam-for-video-meetings/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:39:06 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/emeets-new-meeting-pod-is-a-3-in-1-smart-webcam-for-video-meetings/ eMeet meeting pod offers 360-degree views and includes eight microphones and a 10W speaker … [+] so that everyone can be seen, heard and heard. eMeet We’ve all gotten used to using our laptops for video conferencing over the past couple of years when many of us were working from home. But now that many […]]]>

We’ve all gotten used to using our laptops for video conferencing over the past couple of years when many of us were working from home. But now that many of us are heading back to the office, things are going to have to change. The combination of the pandemic and pressure from many companies to reduce their carbon footprint means that traveling around the world to hold face-to-face meetings is going to become less frequent events.

We’re all going to have to get used to hosting remote video meetings across multiple time zones, and we need easy and affordable ways to connect two meeting rooms, often located across the globe. These video meetings should show clear images, effectively capture everyone’s voice, and allow all participants to interact effectively.

To make remote meetings with multiple participants in multiple meeting rooms more efficient, eMeet has developed the Meeting Capsule. It’s a three-in-one video conferencing solution that delivers high-quality video streaming and clear audio for business and home users, as well as those who want a high-end meeting room webcam. .

Featuring a 1080p high-resolution camera, an array of eight omnidirectional microphones, and full-duplex audio with 10W amplification. The Meeting Capsule contains some of eMeet’s latest technological innovations and has been specifically designed to enhance the effectiveness of online meetings by providing the best remote collaboration experience. This allows users to adapt to the new reality of business where hybrid work must be articulated with round tables without affecting the efficiency of the communication process.

The eMeet meeting capsule uses hardware and software technologies for video recording, streaming and broadcasting in a single three-in-one webcam. It has five operating modes. The collaboration mode assembles the images of the different participants in the meeting. Speech mode displays an overview of the meeting room as well as a close-up of the current speaker. Classic mode encompasses everyone in a group shot while Spotlight mode focuses only on the person currently speaking. Finally, private mode rotates the camera lens down and mutes all microphones so that private consultations can take place.

Utilizing advanced optics such as face tracking and Voice IA 4.0, the Meeting Capsule can operate in meeting spaces of various shapes and sizes and is also capable of capturing every person in the room with the high-quality HD camera and to noise cancellation. microphones and voice enhancement.

The physical design of the eMeet Meeting capsule is truly impressive. It is an amazing piece of industrial design that allows users to record 360 degree views with full HD live video. This automatic feature eliminates the need to reposition the camera to ensure everyone is included in the shot. With auto-framing and face-tracking technology, the speaker stays in the center.

A mic array and full-duplex audio system uses AI-powered Voice IA 4.0 technology to suppress and filter out unwanted noise in the room, such as air conditioning units. The eight microphones can pick up speech from anywhere while a voice recognition feature can automatically optimize each speaker’s audio quality by increasing gain when someone speaks in a softer voice.

The eMeet Meeting Capsule’s camera is fully adjustable in two axes – up and down, front and back – giving users maximum flexibility to position the camera, whether on a conference table, mounted on a display, or attached to a wall. Users can change the angle and position of the camera using the eMeet PC application or the supplied remote control. There are even buttons on the device that can be used to line up the perfect framing for a meeting. For privacy protection, the Meeting Capsule can turn off the camera and microphones with a single button.

When in use, the eMeet Meeting pod operates in four video modes and is compatible with Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS as well as a wide range of meeting apps including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype and Google Hangouts . The Meeting Capsule does not require driver software and all settings and operations are performed by the device’s built-in firmware.

Verdict: The eMeet Meeting capsule is a very effective meeting solution for round tables. It offers a panoramic view and can intelligently frame the speakers. There’s an array of eight noise-canceling microphones on board and the Meeting Capsule processes voices of all volumes to ensure a consistent level. Compared to a traditional webcam, the eMeet Meeting capsule is quite expensive but it remains a little cheaper than some of the turnkey meeting room solutions offered by the big names in video conferencing.

Price and availability: The eMeet Meeting Pod is available now and costs $799.99.

More information: eMeet Amazon store and eMeet official site.

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New webcam to give a window into puffin life on an island off the Northumberland coast https://cummingthefragrance.com/new-webcam-to-give-a-window-into-puffin-life-on-an-island-off-the-northumberland-coast/ Mon, 09 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/new-webcam-to-give-a-window-into-puffin-life-on-an-island-off-the-northumberland-coast/ A webcam has been installed inside a bespoke puffin burrow on an island in Northumberland offering a glimpse into the nest of two parent birds. Coquet Island, dubbed the RSPB’s ‘certified seabird sanctuary’, lies half a mile from the village of Amble off the Northumberland coast and up to 35,000 seabirds visit pile up on […]]]>

A webcam has been installed inside a bespoke puffin burrow on an island in Northumberland offering a glimpse into the nest of two parent birds.

Coquet Island, dubbed the RSPB’s ‘certified seabird sanctuary’, lies half a mile from the village of Amble off the Northumberland coast and up to 35,000 seabirds visit pile up on the small island to breed. Although there is a lighthouse on it, the public is not allowed to set foot there.

Currently, four live cameras are on to enable bird monitoring. Those watching can expect to catch a hatched chick from the egg the parents laid on April 25, which they regularly take turns sitting on.

Read more: Puffin returned to Farne Islands after RSPCA found him stranded on Northumberland beach

The egg should hatch around May 31. Puffins mate for life and the male and female help incubate the egg and raise the chick once it has hatched.

The parents will continue to care for the chick until it develops wing feathers large enough to fly. The creek will flow from May 4 until the puffins leave in July or August.



Undated handout photo issued by the RSPB of Coquet Island RSPB Reserve

Where have you seen puffins off the Northumberland coast? Let us know in the comments below!

Puffins spend two-thirds of their lives floating in the ocean in groups called rafts and only come to land to breed. Around 10% of the world’s puffins are found in the UK, but their numbers are declining and they are now on the UK Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern and are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.



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Undated handout captured from an RSPB-issued webcam of a puffin on the Coquet Island RSPB Reserve

In addition to Coquet Island, there is a colony of puffins on the Farne Islands. To watch the stream, click here.

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Camo now lets you use your iPhone as a Mac webcam in Safari, FaceTime, and more. https://cummingthefragrance.com/camo-now-lets-you-use-your-iphone-as-a-mac-webcam-in-safari-facetime-and-more/ Thu, 05 May 2022 12:18:55 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/camo-now-lets-you-use-your-iphone-as-a-mac-webcam-in-safari-facetime-and-more/ Camo has long been the go-to app for turning an iPhone into a high-quality webcam, but it didn’t work with some important apps and services, including FaceTime. With the new Camo 1.6 update, everything changes. Now available for download, Camp 1.6 adds support for FaceTime, QuickTime, Safari, and more for the first time. That means […]]]>

Camo has long been the go-to app for turning an iPhone into a high-quality webcam, but it didn’t work with some important apps and services, including FaceTime. With the new Camo 1.6 update, everything changes.

Now available for download, Camp 1.6 adds support for FaceTime, QuickTime, Safari, and more for the first time. That means you can ditch that crappy Studio Display camera and use an old iPhone instead!

Today, we’re excited to launch a long-awaited feature in Camo: full compatibility with Safari, FaceTime, QuickTime, and more. Along with adding support for all of Apple’s apps on modern versions of macOS, this update also allows all third-party apps that previously relied on Camo’s integrations to run natively. Discord, Slack, WhatsApp and others now work perfectly with Camo without modification.

You can know more about the new version in the announcement blog post but it’s worth noting that you’ll need the latest version of Camo and running macOS 12.3 for this new feature to work. Notably, this blog post also points out that this was only made possible with the help of Apple developers and two years of hard work. Who said building apps was easy?

This change is the result of two years of conversation with Apple about how we can get the most out of their devices’ amazing cameras. This wasn’t the feature we originally planned to deliver as part of Camo 1.6, but once we heard the good news from Apple, we rearranged our release schedule to make it happen. Thank you, Apple team! ❤

Those who have already installed Camo can get the updated version now. Everyone else can head to the developer’s website to take action. There is a free and paid version available with the latter unlocking all features and removing the watermark from the video.

With this Camo update, it’s all official: your iPhone is the best Mac webcam you’ve ever owned!

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North Carolina Wildlife Webcam Offering a 24/7 Look at Rare Red Wolves https://cummingthefragrance.com/north-carolina-wildlife-webcam-offering-a-24-7-look-at-rare-red-wolves/ Tue, 03 May 2022 20:10:25 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/north-carolina-wildlife-webcam-offering-a-24-7-look-at-rare-red-wolves/ COLUMBIA, NC (WWAY) – Wildlife and nature lovers everywhere can get a 24/7 glimpse into the lives of a pair of captive red wolves thanks to recently installed webcams at the Red Wolf Center in Columbia, North Carolina, located on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. With a live webcam in their den and another in […]]]>

COLUMBIA, NC (WWAY) – Wildlife and nature lovers everywhere can get a 24/7 glimpse into the lives of a pair of captive red wolves thanks to recently installed webcams at the Red Wolf Center in Columbia, North Carolina, located on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

With a live webcam in their den and another in their outdoor enclosure, viewers can watch the Red Wolves at any time as they move through the wooded area and interact, doze, sniff, play, eat and maybe even to scream.

The red wolves in the exhibit – a 14-year-old male nicknamed #1714 and an 8-year-old female nicknamed #2061 – cannot be released into the wild and live in the educational and health care facility located on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

“Red wolves are not only extremely rare, but they are also naturally shy, wary of humans, and adept at making themselves difficult to spot,” said North Carolina Wildlife Federation shelter volunteer Katerina Ramos. “Seeing them in the wild is nearly impossible, which is why we’re so excited that people can observe these incredible creatures anytime, day or night.”

American red wolves (Canis rufus) are listed as a critically endangered species, with fewer than 25 in the wild and only a few hundred in captivity in facilities across the country.

North Carolina is the only place where a wild population of red wolves exists.

Their survival depends on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s red wolf recovery program and the work of program partners, including the NCWF. In mid-April, a litter of 6 wild red cubs (4 females, 2 males) was born – the first since 2018 – and renewed hope for the survival of the species.

With the fiber optic cable installed centrally to ensure fast broadcast speeds, NC Wildlife Federation staff spent a week positioning and testing the camera equipment. While the cameras can be maneuvered to capture multiple viewpoints, there is no webcam behind the den where the wolves sometimes nap during the day. The cameras will also help staff and custodians observe wolves from a distance while continuing to learn their behavior and needs while monitoring their health and well-being.

“We can’t wait for a wider audience to see the close-knit behavior of wolves when bonded, especially how they behave with each other day-to-day and when in the den,” said Ramos. “Most people don’t realize the benevolent nature of these animals towards their pack members. It’s truly magnificent to see wolf behavior in action, and the cameras will help us virtually experience more of these interactions.

The last remaining red wolves reside on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, located on the coast of North Carolina and covering Dare, Tyrrell, Washington, Hyde, and Beaufort counties. The Red Wolf Center, part of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, provides a centralized location in the recovery area. The public can receive up-to-date information on wild red wolves, attend weekly educational lectures, and see the two captive red wolves in person.

“The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has a long history of education, awareness and recovery of red wolves,” said CEO Tim Gestwicki. “We are working in partnership with federal and state agencies, landowners, and other conservation NGOs to address the challenges facing red wolves in the wild.”

To prepare for the 2022 red wolf release season, NCWF and USFWS purchased and installed four electronic message signs to alert drivers that red wolves (and other wildlife) are passing through the area. An electrified bear-proof acclimatization enclosure for the Red Wolf Recovery Program provides a low-stress holding location for Red Wolves before they are released back into the wild. Wolves are fitted with bright orange collars to distinguish them from coyotes.

To see the webcam, CLICK HERE.

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Lumina webcam review: A sleek 4K upgrade https://cummingthefragrance.com/lumina-webcam-review-a-sleek-4k-upgrade/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 18:11:13 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/lumina-webcam-review-a-sleek-4k-upgrade/ Bright webcam MSRP $199.00 “The Lumina webcam is a sleek, compact webcam with excellent 4K image quality.” Advantages Beautiful design and color options Small and light Crisp and well-balanced image quality Easy installation The inconvenients Companion app still in beta Important Mac apps are not fully compatible The Lumina Webcam is an original and stylish […]]]>

Bright webcam

MSRP $199.00

“The Lumina webcam is a sleek, compact webcam with excellent 4K image quality.”

Advantages

  • Beautiful design and color options

  • Small and light

  • Crisp and well-balanced image quality

  • Easy installation

The inconvenients

  • Companion app still in beta

  • Important Mac apps are not fully compatible

The Lumina Webcam is an original and stylish webcam with AI-powered features meant to bring a DSLR experience to the home or office.

While many computer built-in webcams are infamous for being grainy and dim, the Lumina excels at boosting webcam quality to 4K even at its most basic settings.

At $250 (currently $200), it’s quite pricey and some of the bonus features feel half-baked. But this little webcam just might have the polish and image quality to make up for it.

Design

The Lumina webcam with privacy cover mounted on a Toughbook laptop.

Amazon and other online retailers are inundated with webcams, but many of them look very similar. Bulky and ugly are the name of the game.

But the Lumina webcam breaks the mould. This compact and beautiful device would pair perfectly with a MacBook or a modern Windows laptop. This is especially true of the rThe ose gold model I reviewed, which really stands out from the standard lackluster webcams you can buy. Other color options include silver, atomic gray and gold.

The matte finish has just enough shine, and the two “Lumina” logos on each side do not get in the way. Then there’s the lens, on the left side, electric lighting and speakers on either side.

The Lumina’s design is overall minimalist at 3.5 ounces (100 grams) and 22 x 22 x 70 millimeters. It has a compact, curved rectangular shape and is made of aerospace-grade aluminum. Its black computer stand matches well with my rugged all-black laptop. You can easily replace the accessory with a tripod mount, but this feature is not included.

The supplied cord is USB-C, but the webcam also supports USB 2.0. The feature is definitely ideal when the webcam is plugged directly into your machine. I happen to have a USB hub and wireless mouse that take up a lot of my limited I/O space, so there were a lot of plugging and unplugging needed to use this device. For me it wasn’t too much of a hassle, but it’s something to keep in mind if you use your webcam frequently. Be prepared to have a dedicated port for your Lumina or unplug other devices to make room for your webcam.

The rear USB-C port of the Lumina webcam.

The Lumina comes with a magnetic privacy cover that matches the look of the body and is intended to flip back when not in use and flip forward over the lens to hide the lens. camera if needed. This makes it quite inconspicuous, but I consider it an accessory that can always be misplaced if not handled properly.

The Lumina also includes a color card with a QR code on it in the box. The idea? You purchase a Lumina webcam, then place an onboarding call to have an official representative walk you through setting up and calibrating your camera. It doesn’t seem very useful, and it wasn’t currently available anyway.

Features

The Lumina camera features a 4K 5-element f/2.0 glass lens with a 24.84mm² sensor and a customizable field of view between 65 degrees and 95 degrees. Some of the features highlighted by Lumina include active color grading and “adjustable AI cameraman”.

Many of these features are accessible within the Lumina app; however, as I said, I was unable to test the active color calibration. Typically, you hold the color map in the app preview window to automatically adjust to aspects like skin tone, lighting, texture, etc., to achieve a ideal video shooting.

Lumina Plus Camera app advanced settings

The AI ​​Cameraman includes some configurations in the advanced settings that control the AI ​​tracking feature on the Lumina webcam. Options include zoom, speed, x-offset, and y-offset. Another cool advanced feature is the curve lift, which really brings out the detail in very textured hair.

The Lumina camera settings in Zoom.

Two camera settings are available, the Lumina Raw and the Lumina Plus. The Lumina Plus camera requires a product key to unlock during software installation, but once accessed you can switch between the two cameras, in addition to your standard computer camera, at will. The Lumina Plus camera is the full-featured setting, giving you access to image enhancements, zoom, and more.

The Lumina Raw setting is just what it sounds like. The lens itself and nothing more. The addition of the Raw setting is nice, especially when trying to figure out just how good this camera really is, outside of all the software editing and optimization.

You can also play around with the Lumina app settings privately, using the retractable open preview option, or live over a video chat in your app of choice.

Application Compatibility

While the Lumina webcam supports both Windows and Mac, there are many varied application compatibilities between the two cameras and the two operating systems.

For example, the list of apps compatible with the Lumina Raw camera includes Zoom, Google Meet, OBS, Webex by Cisco, Skype, Discord, Microsoft Teams, Slack, FaceTime, QuickTime Player, Photo Booth, iMovie, Ecamm Live, mmhmm, Loom , Riverside.fm, WhatsApp, BlueJeans and StreamYard. That’s a solid amount of apps, and these are all available for Mac and Windows.

Unfortunately, when it comes to Lumina Plus, things get much more complicated. The Lumina Plus camera for Mac is compatible with Zoom, Google Meet, OBS, Cisco Webex, Skype, Ecamm Live, mmhmm, Riverside.fm, BlueJeans and StreamYard. There are a few notable holes here, including Teams, Discord, Slack, and FaceTime.

Lumina Plus has better compatibility for Windows apps, but as it stands, it lacks far too many important apps on the Mac side.

Video quality

Despite the nuances between camera settings and operating systems, video quality is where the Lumina webcam shines. I tested the webcam connected to a Panasonic Toughbook Windows laptop. Although it’s only HD resolution, it offers solid image quality for an internal webcam of this type.

However, once I started testing the Lumina webcam, I really started to see the differences. I particularly noted the halo effect I got from my ring light, which is apparent in the image on my HD web camera.

With the Lumina webcam, my screenshots are much more consistent no matter how I switched the camera from Raw to Plus or changed the settings. Below I’ve included an image where I’ve adjusted zoom and blur, and another where I’ve played with blue and red lighting, as well as saturation, and there’s nothing to indicate that I have additional insight into the background.

The Lumina Plus camera in Zoom.
The Lumina Plus camera tested in Zoom.

Similar to a DSLR camera, the Lumina Raw camera has the most basic settings, while the Lumina Plus camera already has some tweaks added to create typical ideal settings without calibration. Anyway, the Lumina webcam performed at a high level of quality and left me very impressed.

The Lumina Raw camera in Zoom.
The Lumina Raw camera tested in Zoom.

During my consultation, I was recommended some hue and saturation adjustments, in addition to the curve lift function, instead of the AI ​​calibration, to highlight my skin tone and the texture of my hair.

With a few tweaks, I was able to get a really clear and complementary image. Don’t get me wrong – right out of the box, the Lumina camera looks great. But with a little time, you can really take the imagery to another level that is well personalized for your particular face.

Our point of view

The Lumina camera goes in the direction of many gadgets, blending high-tech features with a sleek and stylish design. It’s great that the camera quality stands out well, even before considering the app. Often these features can be overlooked by those who are not keen. However, taking advantage of all the settings and services offered by Lumina with its webcam can only improve the user experience.

Are there alternatives?

the Logitech Brio would be a decent alternative as a popular and well-reviewed 4K webcam in the industry. It is also priced at $200; however, it’s been on the market long enough to start seeing discounts. the Logitech C920x Pro HD The webcam is not 4K, but is priced affordably at $70 and is also highly recommended.

How long will it last?

The Lumina webcam comes with a 14-day observation period, during which it can be exchanged or returned, and also has a one-year warranty, under which the brand will support you in the event of a incident within reason. Its aluminum construction must be durable enough to withstand a long service life of several years. A benefit of its beta status is that the developers are constantly working on the software and trying to get feedback. Users are encouraged to reach out.

Should I buy it?

At $250, the Lumina webcam is definitely a splurge. The webcam is currently marketed at a sale price of $199but it’s unclear how long the sale will last.

I say buy it if you have a solid goal, such as consistent streaming or remote work that requires you to play your absolute A-game all the time. The video quality alone is enough to say yes, but only as long as the price keeps up with the competition.

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Poor Studio Display webcam quality is not a software bug https://cummingthefragrance.com/poor-studio-display-webcam-quality-is-not-a-software-bug/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 23:18:00 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/poor-studio-display-webcam-quality-is-not-a-software-bug/ When Apple announced Studio Display, it promised “sensational” webcam quality. However, when customers got their hands on the product, they noticed that the images captured by the built-in camera were not good. Apple is currently rolling out beta software that promises to fix some of these issues – but the thing is, Studio Display’s poor […]]]>

When Apple announced Studio Display, it promised “sensational” webcam quality. However, when customers got their hands on the product, they noticed that the images captured by the built-in camera were not good. Apple is currently rolling out beta software that promises to fix some of these issues – but the thing is, Studio Display’s poor webcam quality isn’t a software bug after all.

The complaints

According to just about every Studio Display owner, the images from the webcam are quite poor compared to the front camera of other Apple devices. In most cases, images appear blurry, washed out, and have a lot of noise.

In his review for The edgeNilay Patel wrote that the Studio Display’s camera looks “awful in good light, and downright wretched in low light. ′′ Joanna Stern at The Wall Street Journal compared the camera’s performance to that of an “old BlackBerry”. Gizmodo had similar complaints, saying the Studio Display’s webcam was “noisy” and “not great”.

Shortly after the first Studio Display reviews published on the web criticizing its 12-megapixel webcam, Apple told the press that it was working on a software update to improve the quality of the image captured by the camera. integrated.

What changes with the update

Nearly two months after the Studio Display announcement, Apple today released developer beta firmware that brings image processing improvements to the company’s integrated display webcam.

At this time, the update is only available to those running the latest macOS Monterey beta, and it’s unclear when the update will be released. However, some Studio Display users have already installed the firmware update to see what it actually changes. And it turns out that the update doesn’t change much.

As noted Jason Snell, Apple made some adjustments to make the Center Stage crop less aggressive. The same time, James Thompson also noted that there was much less noise in the webcam images after the update, as well as a bit more contrast, but the quality is still “quite washed out” compared to other webcams.

The update doesn’t seem to miraculously improve the Studio Display’s webcam quality, and there’s a reason for that.

It’s all about the ultra-wide lens

Apple proudly says the Studio Display has a 12-megapixel camera, which should be plenty for sharp images. After all, the iPhone and other Apple devices also have 12-megapixel front cameras. But why is the Studio Display webcam so different in terms of image quality?

While most Apple devices have a standard wide front camera, Studio Display has an ultra-wide lens. Indeed, it has Center Stage, a feature that uses machine learning to always center the image on a person during a video call or video recording. Since this camera has no optical zoom, Center Stage digitally crops the image to center the people in the frame.

So while an iPhone is capable of taking a true 12-megapixel selfie, the Center Stage cameras capture 12-megapixel images using the ultra-wide lens and then digitally crop them to look like a photo or an ordinary video. This process results in less sharp images.

For example, my third-generation iPad Air has a seven-megapixel front camera. When I compare it to my iPad mini 6 (which has Center Stage), images from the older iPad look sharper.

Another example, I took the same photo using the rear wide and ultra-wide lens of my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Both lenses are 12 megapixels, but then I cropped the photo captured by the ultra-wide lens to look like the photo from the wide lens, simulating what happens with photos taken by a Center Stage camera. The result, as you can see below, is a much worse quality photo.

And that’s why the iMac’s or MacBook Pro’s webcam will always be better than the Studio Display’s because they’re not ultra-wide. When you take a photo or shoot a video with a regular webcam, you get to enjoy every pixel of it.

Is there a solution?

Unfortunately, no matter what Apple does in terms of software updates, nothing will significantly improve the Studio Display webcam.

The only two possible solutions to this problem are to use a higher resolution sensor, so that the cropped image is at least 12 megapixels, or a larger sensor to capture more light – which would help reduce noise in the image.

However, as you might have guessed, both solutions require a hardware upgrade, which means owners of the first-gen Studio Display will have to deal with the webcam as it is.

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Studio Display 15.5 update with webcam fix now available for beta testers https://cummingthefragrance.com/studio-display-15-5-update-with-webcam-fix-now-available-for-beta-testers/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 18:10:55 +0000 https://cummingthefragrance.com/studio-display-15-5-update-with-webcam-fix-now-available-for-beta-testers/ The monitor promises to deliver a full iMac-like experience and within that promise, an important factor for me is the webcam.Based on the article shared regarding the wide-angle camera, product prices and reports so far, I will be expecting a second generation. On one level, having the built-in camera IS […]]]>



The monitor promises to deliver a full iMac-like experience and within that promise, an important factor for me is the webcam.
Based on the article shared regarding the wide-angle camera, product prices and reports so far, I will be expecting a second generation.

On one level, having the built-in camera IS very much compatible with an iMac-like experience. Having built-in features carries a risk that the product as a whole could be seriously compromised because one of the bundled features, especially one that is a separate product like a webcam in a traditional modular computer, is not up to snuff. With iMacs, it’s usually the obsolescence of on-board computer components that renders a beautifully crafted display that could be reused in a modular design utterly useless.

Considering you can get a really nice 4K webcam like the Logitech Brio for around $150, does it make sense to fit a webcam into a $1600 display if it potentially makes the display less appealing to some buyers? I guess if it works perfectly nobody will complain about it, but the lack of “separation of concerns” involves a certain level of risk for the seller of the product and for some buyers. I also wonder how people who use multiple monitors would use the redundant cameras and speakers provided by the Studio Display.

Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with the Studio Display’s webcam because it’s “good enough” for what I’m going to use it for. I suspect anyone doing serious video presentation work on a computer will use a dedicated setup with controlled lighting and high quality microphones. At least with the Studio Display, I could blame the “you look like shit” factor on the Studio Display. Keep a link to this article just in case you have to substantiate your claim of looking suboptimal on your screen’s camera. Yes, it’s the Studio Display’s fault.

Before you get a 4K external camera, get a ring light. Do the things that make the video better. Camera specs are just one, and it’s not that important in most video conferencing scenarios, but lighting is extremely important in all camera-related scenarios.

Then people already know whether they need good conference video or meeting camera video. Apple’s Media Types: Podcasters, Twitterers, Newscasters, Youtubers know if they need to look good or want to look good. If it’s basically a requirement for a job, they’ll have a studio with properly set up lighting, sound, and backgrounds. If they rely on a built-in webcam, they either do it wrong or don’t care.

The ASD is right in my wheelhouse, including the video camera. I have a good experience with my LG UF27 (even with the monitor struggling to be “level”) so not really need to get it, but it does the same function in a better package. It is a 220 ppi monitor and a TB3 docking station with USB-PD. It’s a cable connection to my MBP15 220 ppi. It minimizes wiring as there are no speaker cables, webcam cables, etc. Unplug and go, plug and work, well, after entering security credentials a million times. I’m watching the laptop screen and the external monitor at the same time, and it’s important to have the same ppi. I have a 27″ Dell 4K, and I can tell that 163 ppi just isn’t enough density to make the scaling invisible and eliminate blurring.

The webcam is also nice to have in the UF27, but its quality is basically irrelevant to me. 99% of the time I watch a briefing. When the video is shared, most of the time, whoever shares their video, MS Teams will crop it, resize it to fit other people’s video, and some will have fake background on the their. 4K video makes no sense in these scenarios. This is 99.9% of my webcam experience. I bet that’s also the experience of most people who use ASD, and it’s the experience of 99% of webcam users, regardless of hardware.

Apparently Apple has decided that Center Stage is better than having a normally wide-angle 4K camera. Some will say that this is not the right compromise. Wait and see on that. I don’t think it’s a big win anyway.

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