Review: Capture Everything and Everyone – AVer VC520 Conference Camera

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Are you tired of having to use web-based programs and applications to hold your teleconferences? Sick of asking your colleagues to crowd around a small webcam where their heads end up being cut off from the screen? Fret not as Aver has introduced the VC520 Conference Camera, your one-stop professional camera for video collaboration solution. After testing this bad boy out, I am all but certain it will create waves among small-to-medium sized companies who are looking to invest into teleconferencing cameras.

Extremely Versatile
The VC520 camera is capable of accommodating both web- and cloud-based conferencing applications like Skype and Google Hangouts. It was made for meetings rooms of all sizes; it doesn’t matter if there is two or even 20 people in your conference room, everyone will be heard and seen extremely clearly without any audio or video disruptions. The VC520 is especially well-suited for laptops thanks to its simple plug-and-play feature that allows you to get your teleconference started the moment you plug the camera in.

It doesn’t even matter if you are running on a Windows or Apple computer as the VC520 is fitted to suit all computers. Even Android, Windows and Apple smart devices like tablets are capable of accommodating the camera. The design of the camera, sadly, isn’t that much to look at as it provides a more functional approach rather than eye-catching. Although lightweight and portable, the design of the camera still lacks that striking effect that allows it stand out in a crowd.

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Catch Every Angle
With an optical zoom of up to 12 times, the VC520 camera is capable of fitting even the biggest of meetings room into a crystal clear screen with the ability to zoom all the way to the back in unprecedented clarity. It also comes with a pan-tilt-zoom feature, which will provide even greater flexibility to the camera. Want to zoom in on a particular speaker, pan the camera to the right or even tilt it a bit to the left? All that can be done with extreme ease.

If you’re worried about your meetings rooms containing poor lighting, which can affect your video call, worry not as the VC520 will still be able to capture you and your colleagues extremely clearly thanks to its Full HD 1080p lens. Having tested it in a dimly-lit room, I could still see myself and my colleagues extremely clearly without any motion blurriness.

Be Heard From Anywhere
A top-quality camera with a mediocre camera is like fitting a Ferrari with a Proton engine – pointless and useless. The same, however, can’t be said for the VC520 as it comes with a 10W speakerphone that is also equipped with three-way embedded directional microphones. This way, even the person seated the furthest away from the speakerphone can be heard cleanly and clearly on the other end of the call without letting the audio quality drop.

The speakerphone also comes with a daisy-chain feature, allowing you to connect more than one speakerphone together. This helps especially during big board meetings where there are plenty of people in the room. However, the audio quality in the headphones will not be affected as every participant’s voice will be balanced, smooth and steady.

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You Get What You Pay For
Aside from its top-quality audio and video performance, the VC520 also comes with a host of features to provide greater assistance and accessibility to your teleconferencing experience. One of its more notable features is its 10 camera preset feature. This allows you to set up the camera in 10 different angles through the remote and control the tempo and pace of the meeting based on the camera angle.

Priced at a steep RM7,800, the VC520 is somewhat of an exorbitant price to pay for a conference camera. However, if you happen to hold plenty of meetings and teleconferences with people from around the world, this camera is definitely the one for you.

Price: RM7,800
Dimensions (HxWxD): 180 x 144 x 184 mm
Weight: 1.5kg
Optical Zoom: 12x
Camera Quality: Full HD 1080p
Auto-focus: Multi-element, multi-coating auto-focus optics
Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2
Memory: 2GB RAM
Connectivity: USB 2.0

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V – 7
P – 9
F – 9
D – 7
U – 8
Total: 8

Verdict: Great for businesses, whether big or small.

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