Former Apple and Beats designers launch powerful 4K webcam designed for Mac

A team of former employees of Apple, Beats and Uber brings to market a new 4K webcam which is touted as “the first professional webcam”. In addition to what looks like superior picture quality, the new device, named Opal C1 features premium construction, noise-reduced beamforming microphones, plug-and-play macOS support via the exclusive Mac application, professional tools and much more.

Opal is poised to shake up the Mac webcam market and while the device has yet to ship, limited beta pre-orders are underway.

Co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian is one of the backers of the new company and he recently shared a look at a beta version material, including his view that “the quality is breathtaking…” followed by “Webcams, welcome to 2021”. (h / t Will sigmon).

The Opal C1 is very impressive with a 7.8mm Sony sensor that delivers 4K 4056 x 3040, 60 fps, f1.8 resolution with a six element lens.

Opal says the C1 webcam provides 2.4 times more light “than any other webcam” and “5 times the resolution of a regular webcam”.

Other features include “MicMesh”:

a range of beamforming microphones that detect and focus on the sound of your voice. And with intelligent noise cancellation, every dog’s ding, drop and bark is filtered out for an audio experience that clearly speaks for itself.

The enclosure is made from “aero grade aluminum” and inside the webcam as a custom Opal Trillium neural microchip that delivers 4 trillion operations per second with an Intel VPU chip.

Pro features include bokeh, retouching, and finer picture controls for brightness, contrast, and white balance.

Coming from former Apple and Beats employees, no surprise, but wonderful to see that Opal includes nice native integration with Macs right out of the box. And it looks like Opal is focusing almost exclusively on Mac users, as the app is only for macOS.

Access the full power of hardware on the Opal app, designed exclusively for Mac.

Reservations are open now for the Opal C1 in white or black with a price tag of $ 300 – that’s when you’re invited to buy during the limited beta period. You can subscribe to this list here.

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