Opal OP-1 claims to be the first “professional” webcam

It is widely noticed that webcams are incredibly low-quality, even Logitech models that win recommendations [Amazon], despite a market put into orbit by the Covid pandemic. People who don’t want to have that puffed-up potato camera look tend to end up rigging high-end mirrorless / DSLR cameras, but perhaps the most telling proof of poor quality webcams is that even cell phone cameras look better. Enter the Opal OP-1, which places a large image sensor in a tiny webcam housing and hopes there is $ 300 in that pairing.

The fastest lens ever seen on a webcam. Improve capturing amazing videos in low light. A six-element 1.8 glass lens sheds 2.4 times more light than any other webcam. So even in a dimly lit room, you will get a level of detail and color that was not possible before. A miracle without a mirror. With a 7.8mm Sony 4K sensor, the Opal C1 gives you the brightest lights, darker blacks, and over 5 times the resolution of a regular webcam to help you look your best. The most advanced materials. A discreet anodized finish with precision-machined aero-grade aluminum specifically designed for Opal. This is the best webcam ever. And it’s recyclable.

For people who actually work all day zoom – teachers, lecturers, the “meeting echelon” of management – $ 300 is a reasonable expense when the professional alternative is shelled out. much more for a stand-alone camera and endure the hassle of setting it up. Isn’t it interesting how little activity there is between the “$ 100 junk waste” level and “buying a DSLR”? I was planning on buying a small action camera (eg GoPro or Sony RX0) but it turns out that they are just webcams and therefore have similar setup issues to those of other stand-alone cameras.

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