Amcrest Webcam Review
My experiences of remote working and video conferencing with the Amcrest 1080P webcam
For me, 2020 has certainly been the year of remote working; something that I wasn't expecting to do until later in my career. Coronavirus has forced my entire company to work from home for the past five months. Initially I thought this was going to be a temporary measure however now it is clear that we are in it for the long haul. This has highlighted the importance of having a decent home workspace, so I recently took the opportunity to upgrade mine.
As part of this setup upgrade, I have been testing out a 1080P Webcam from Amcrest. Although I can use the front camera on my Macbook, you really notice the improvements in quality and performance by having a dedicated camera. It also makes a massive difference being able to mount the camera on top of a monitor, instead of having it aimed at my chin.
Such improvements include greater picture quality and increased viewing angle, as well clearer sound recording. Since having a dedicated webcam my workmates have reported significantly less background noise coming from my mic.
In this day and age, having a privacy cover gives you peace of mind. As a person who used to stick some tape over my front camera when it wasn't in use, having a purpose built cover is definitely a more appropriate solution.
My only negative about the product is that I believe the wire could be a bit longer. When mounted on top of a monitor and being plugged in to a desktop on the floor; the cable can be noticeably taught. However this does not takeaway from the product and cable management can be adjusted.
Communication is critical to a development team that is completely remote and nothing is more frustrating than feeling you can't get a point across due to technical difficulties. Additionally, as a junior developer it is important to keep in contact with your team as you'll learn so much from them, so having suitable technology in a remote working environment is essential.