Sannce 2K webcam review: Probably not your next streaming camera
Best known for its home security cameras, Sannce debuted the webcam with the launch of the Sannce 2K.
The webcam offers smooth video capture at up to 60 fps in Full HD, a wide 90-degree field of view, built-in ring light, autofocus, and video resolution support up to 2K. With a list of specs like this, Sannce seems to be aiming directly at Twitch and YouTube online streamers.
As a relative newcomer to the webcam market, Sannce is going to have his work cut out for him, proving he has something unique to offer. And, with a hefty price tag to boot, the 2K faces stiff competition from Razer, Logitech and Elgato. Can Saance succeed?
Sannce 2K webcam review: What do you get for your money?
The Sannce 2K webcam sells for £136 and comes with a custom monitor stand, magnetic privacy cover, accessory tripod and USB Type A to C cable.
The camera features a sleek, minimalist design, with a semi-gloss dark gray finish around the back and sides and a large oculus on its face. The lens is flanked by a pair of microphones and bordered by an LED light ring which is controlled via an illuminated touch strip running across the top.
The webcam comes with a hinged monitor stand that should be able to accommodate all but the thickest monitors and the camera attaches neatly using magnets. For greater flexibility there is also a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread, allowing the camera to be mounted on any standard tripod.
Sannce 2K webcam review: What do we like?
Design-wise, the Sannce 2K is quite attractive. It has a smart, slim profile and its adjustable magnetic mount works well. I’m a big fan of the light ring’s touch controls that light up when you turn up the brightness.
Although arguably a touch too sharp, video from the camera is both clear and detailed. Where low resolution webcams can often blur the finer details, the Sannce 2K is able to define more delicate elements such as hair and fabric.
It also does a great job of managing image noise. While some grain inevitably creeps into darker scenes, it’s managed in such a way that it never becomes noticeably distracting.
And the close focus distance of just 2cm is also impressive, allowing you to lift smaller objects up to the camera while keeping them in focus.
Finally, the 90-degree wide-angle field of view works well for streaming, allowing you to fit your entire upper body into the frame, even at fairly short distances.
Sannce 2K webcam review: how could it be better?
While the Sannce 2K ticks a lot of good boxes, unfortunately its image can be rather inconsistent. Unlike the majority of webcams on the market today, and certainly any that are starting to approach the price of 2K, the camera doesn’t have any sort of dedicated control software.
When used as a plug and play camera, I found the camera exposure to be unreliable, often producing washed out and overexposed or muddy and underexposed images. The built-in light ring offered some assistance for darker scenes, but its effectiveness was limited.
The white balance was also easily fooled by the color of the room I was in, and the autofocus sometimes appeared slightly off, leaving me with soft images. It’s frustrating because sometimes the image will balance just fine, but when it’s off, it’s noticeably off and there’s not much you can do about it.
To keep the image under control, the camera should really be paired with OBS or other similar broadcast control software, because that’s the only way to ensure a nice image or adjust the resolution and frame rate. camera footage. It’s also worth noting that although 60 fps is available at 1080p resolution, it appears to come with some field of view cropping. Paired with the right software it works much better, it’s just a shame it’s so inconsistent right out of the box.
The microphone is also mediocre; it effectively suppresses background noise, but the overall quality is thin and compressed. However, as streamers tend to use dedicated external mics, this is a minor criticism.
Sannce 2K Webcam Review: Should You Buy It?
The Sannce 2K has the makings of a decent streaming webcam. The design and build are nice, and when paired with the right streaming software, they’re able to produce a detailed and balanced picture. It’s just a shame that it comes without any kind of control software, because left to its own devices, the automatic camera settings leave a lot to be desired.
At £136, the Sannce 2K pushes well into high-end webcam territory and, for that kind of money, the likes of Razer Kiyo Pro, Logitech StreamCam Where Elgato face camera offer a more comprehensive package for the vast majority of streamers.