Amcrest Webcam Review
My experiences of remote working and video conferencing with the Amcrest 1080P webcam
By Daniel Bate
29 Aug, 2020
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.