Conference cameras are powerful webcams that are high quality and suitable for larger rooms that accommodate multiple staff. Single rooms or computers can make do with normal webcams.
Today we're looking at some of the best conference cameras available to buy in Australia from popular video conferencing accessory companies Logitech, Meeting Owl and InFocus.
Many years ago, I was a desktop engineer rolling out Skype for Business rooms in our organisation and finding the best video conferencing cameras were challenging. Thankfully the market has come a long way, and there's now many different options.
Whether you want a 360 degree camera that captures everyone in the room, a forward facing camera or something that combines audio, there's something for all.
So without further a do, here's 5 of the best conference cameras that get our stamp of approval.
1. Logitech ConferenceCam Connect
This conference camera from Logitech has a resolution of 1080p and 90-degree views to accommodate around 1-6 people. Controls can be accessed through a remote which allows zooming in and autofocus among other features.
Wireless control with the remote is enabled within a 10-foot range. This camera is equipped with dual microphones that allows distinct sounds to carry over seamlessly.
The microphones and speakers have noise cancellation and can pick up conversations and sounds within a 12-foot distance.
There is a screen mirroring feature to display slideshows and spreadsheets as well with wire-free connection. The battery life extends for a maximum of 3 hours for video conferencing and 15 hours for audio.
This product is lightweight and compact, allowing on-the-go convenience between various professional settings. The screen mirroring feature functions on Windows 8.1 and later versions, as well as Android 4.3 and later.
Other conventional features require systems 7.1 or 8.1 for Windows and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher editions. This product is compatible with various video conferencing programs such as Skype.
Connection through Bluetooth is seamless on the lasted handheld devices. This camera is available in a modern black and silver finish.
2. Meeting Owl 360 Degree Conference Camera
This is a heavy-duty conference camera that delivers clear sound quality from various angles. This product has 360-degree views and systematically adjusts positions to pinpoint whoever is speaking.
The point of view can be set from There are 12 in-built microphones which carry over sounds within a maximum range of 12 feet. Video conferencing is available in a 720p resolution and this item is recommended to be used in smaller rooms with a maximum of 12 people present.
Setting up Meeting Owl involves downloading the app, available on both iOS and Google Play Store. Wireless connection can be enabled through Bluetooth yet there is also a USB port for PC connectivity.
This conference camera can be protected with a passcode and receives automatic updates. This device can be used with Windows 7 and above, Chrome OS and additionally Linux 2.6.26 and later versions. Recommended video conferencing programs include Skype, Zoom and Google Meet.
There are also listed apps that do not run well with this product such as WeChat, Microsoft Teams and Adobe Connect. The conference camera is designed to look like an owl with a matte black finish and bright eyes.
3. Logitech Conference Cam BCC950
The BCC950 is catered towards use in home offices and small professional areas, accommodating up to 4 people in a 78 point of view. It can also pan over 180 degrees if desired and there is an autofocus feature as well.
There is a maximum resolution of 1080p available for simple video conferencing. The integrated omnidirectional microphone can pick up sounds from a distance of 2.4 meters while the speakerphone has noise cancelling qualities to carry over conversations.
The remote control allows wireless use from a distance of 3 meters and settings include mute, call, answer, end, a volume rocker and camera adjustments. The camera can zoom in HD or 4x in standard definition.
This device has LED indicators to show that it is turned out, which is ideal for low-light rooms. It is compatible with various video conferencing apps such as Skype, Zoom, Fuse and BlueJeans. Set up is simple with just a connection to a PC or Mac products.
Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 function fine in addition to Mac OS X 10.7 or later versions. It is recommended that this camera be placed on flat tables at high heights to capture everybody on screen. This item is available in an all-black design.
4. Logitech Meetup 4K Video Conference Cam
This conference camera from Logitech is equipped with a 4K resolution capacity with x5 zoom enabled. There is a 120-degree point of view and an in-built microphone which can detect sounds within a 4-meter range.
Adding a Logitech Extension Mic can bring that range to 5 meters if required. There is RightSense Technologies embedded to provide clarity during conversations and include everybody present in the point of view, which automatically adjusts if somebody moves around.
This technology provides support for soft sounds with auto enhancements and background noise cancellation. It is suggested that a maximum of 6 people be present in a small meeting room to bring the best video and noise quality.
There is a remote control with basic functions such as answer/end, mute and volume control. However, the Logitech app can be downloaded on a handheld device to enable control as well through Bluetooth connection.
This camera comes with a mount to avoid drilling into walls. It is certified for use with apps such as Zoom, Skype, Fuze, Microsoft Cortana and many more.
This device is compatible with Windows 7 and above, Mac OS 10.10 and above as well as Chrome OS 29.0.1547.70 and later updates. It comes in an all-black colour.
5. InFocus Kandao Meeting 360
This camera from InFocus features a 360-degree field of view in addition to 8K resolution for images and a 1080p video call resolution. There are 8 omnidirectional microphones integrated and speakerphones with noise cancelling features to focus on important business conversations.
The microphones are powerful, carrying over sounds within a 13 feet distance. Smart technology in this camera allows autofocus on whoever is speaking and camera adjustments to accommodate movements by participants.
If a single person is speaking, the camera will focus on that person only. 4-6 people can comfortably be accommodated due to the 360-degree panoramic view.
The camera can be used in various rooms with different amounts of light available and ensures that participants do not look washed on-screen with ISO and White Balance. Security and privacy are provided through the pop-up camera feature.
This is a heavy-duty device recommended for professional office use in mid-sized rooms. A variety of applications can function smoothly including Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and many more.
The small design makes it easy to move between different conference rooms and meeting areas. Later versions of Windows and Mac OS X should run fine with this camera. This product comes in a modern black colour.