Affordable Webcams for Better Webinar Production
In the new reality of 2020, businesses across all sectors have made quick pivots to virtual events. While there are many advantages to hosting a virtual event such as greater savings and a wider reach, webinars also come with their own unique set of challenges.
It all starts with the camera! You will not believe what a difference switching a built-in PC camera to a quality webcam can make for the picture quality. If the person on camera is blurry, and you cannot see the face clearly, it is doubtful that person is projecting a professional image. Think of your favorite vlogger or an engaging presentation that you watched online—chances are the person holding your attention had a good camera.
Repeatedly, one of the most common pitfalls that we see in our work is companies that have not invested in the proper webcam needed to host an online event. A common misconception is that a webcam or camera is simply too expensive to purchase. This could not be further from the truth! There are many affordable options to consider without needing to break the bank or rely on built-in computer audio and visual.
Take a look at some of our favorite webcams on the market to easily improve the production of your next online event or webinar: Interested in lighting or microphones? Check out our other blogs to see our other recommendations!
The BRIO Ultra HD Pro Webcam from Logitech is the ideal webcam. It does not break the bank but still boasts many features for better production such as the Ultra HD 4K Image Sensor to support 4K Ultra HD (or HD 1080p) and HDR Technology that automatically adjust the contrast depending on the lighting. With this webcam, video for your virtual event will stream seamlessly without lags or blurred images.
One of our favorite features is the ability to adjust the field of view. At 90° you could include more people in the frame (ideal for group presentations), or you could adjust to 65° or 78° to focus on one presenter.
This camera also comes with multiple options for mounting. You can use it with any LCD screen, tripod or tabletop giving you flexibility to set up your camera how you want it without being limited to where your computer can go.
The C925e Webcam is another great option from Logitech. While this webcam does not offer 4K Ultra HD like the one above, the C925e Webcam offers full HD 1080p video quality and multiple mounting options for easy set up.
The video is still sharp, and we find that this camera is more user-friendly than the BRIO Ultra HD Pro Webcam, especially for those who may not have any previous experience with video.
The RightLight 2 Technology goes a long way to preventing backlight from ruining your picture while the omnidirectional dual stereo microphones can capture sound in a large room better than a built-in computer microphone.
The Razer Kyo comes with many great features for its price point. With this camera, you have the ability to toggle between auto and manual focus. The camera has a ring light that you can adjust as needed as well.
With the ability to play with the brightness, contrast and saturation of your picture, the Razer is a great option for those who may want more control over how their picture looks. This webcam streams in HD 1080p too, and reviewers rave about how flattering the lighting is. Think of the Razer as offering studio lighting from the comfort of your own home!
Do not fall prey to common webinar mistakes like bad lighting or poor sound quality. With a few easy investments, you can ensure that all your virtual events moving forward have a professional, high-quality production value.
If you need more assistance, consider partnering with Corpora Studios on your next event! Our team of webinar and virtual event producers can help you with planning each step of the way. We bring our own experience and expertise to help tailor production to your virtual event needs.
Reach out to us today for complimentary consultation. We will review your virtual event goals with you and see how we can assist in building a program to support your needs. We strive to make certain that every webinar we work on will make an impact and capture your desired audience’s engagement.