Dell has released a new UltraSharp webcam that is sure Mac users will be familiar with. The UltraSharp webcam has a cylindrical design that resembles Apple’s signature iSight webcam, which Apple introduced at WWDC in 2003 and eventually discontinued production in 2010. 2008
such as The Verge UltraSharp reports USB-C connectivity and support for recording or streaming in 4K:
The UltraSharp is a USB-C webcam with an 8.3-megapixel Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor. It can record or stream in 4K at 30 or 24 frames per second and in 1080p or 720p at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second. You can adjust the field of view (FOV) between 65 degrees for a closed crop, 78 degrees, or 90 degrees for the widest crop. Webcams have a number of automatic light correction features that are meant to make your images look great regardless of your lighting. It supports digital zoom up to 5x and has autofocus.
UltraSharp supports both macOS and Windows, but you will need Dell̵7;s Peripheral Manager software to access many of its features. And this software, available only on Windows, includes its AI auto framing feature, which tracks your movements to keep you in the middle of the frame. Similar to the new Center Stage feature on the M1 iPad Pro, it also features infrared sensors for Windows users that can be tapped into the Windows Hello facial recognition platform.
However, there are some limitations. This includes the price and the absence of a microphone:
But the $199.99 webcam isn’t cheap at all. And I haven’t even overlooked the most important thing. Because there’s no built-in microphone, Dell says it’s mainly focused on the lens for this model. So you will need to supply your own microphone. Either as a standalone USB or XLR microphone or a headset.
For Mac users, the most notable feature is its iSight-like design, which makes it an attractive option despite its limitations. For users who aren’t interested in design, something like the Logitech Brio might be a better option if you want a standalone webcam.
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