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Not All Conferencing Cameras Are Created Equal

By Kyle Glass

Remote meetings and conferences have taken center stage since the pandemic. In order to host a quality virtual event, it’s crucial to have the most effective camera. But how do you determine which conferencing camera best fits your needs? Not all conference cameras are created equal, and selecting the right one requires careful consideration. Here are a few types of conferencing cameras to consider.

Conferencing Soundbar Cameras
Example: Biamp VBC2500
Conferencing soundbar cameras have the unique ability to automatically frame the conference room based on the participants, making it an excellent all-in-one solution for most 15’x15’ conference rooms.


  • Built-in speaker and microphone with integrated audio means you won’t need external equipment
  • Digital 5x zoom to frame any conference room
  • 120-degree field of view captures more of the room and participants
  • Supports up to 4K video, delivering high-resolution video quality
  • Wireless connection support provides flexibility and convenience


  • Might not capture crisp details in large rooms
  • If used too much, digital zoom can cause pixelation
  • USB-C wiring can add extra costs if longer cable runs are needed.

Wide Angle PTZ Camera
Example: Panasonic AW-UE4 – Ultra Wide PTZ Camera
For capturing wide-angle shots of the conferencing space, the wide angle PTZ camera is an ideal choice, especially for small huddle spaces.


  • Offers up to three video output options: HDMI, Cat6, or USB
  • Power over ethernet eliminates the need for additional power drops
  • Supports 4K/30p which ensures high-quality video


  • Limited to static wide shots
  • Lacks compatibility with USB 3.0 connections
  • May not be compatible with Mac systems

12x Standard PTZ Camera
Example: Lumens VC-B30U
At under $1,000, the 12x standard PTZ camera is a cost-effective workhorse for medium-sized conference rooms.


  • Versatile connectivity options offering both HDMI or USB 3.0
  • Provides high-quality video
  • Easy-to-use software via USB
  • Supports hosting video calls and displaying content on room displays simultaneously


  • May not be suitable for small rooms
  • Requires a power drop for operation

NDI PTZ Cameras
Example: Bird Dog P120
Network data interface, or NDI, technology is vital for networked camera control. NDI cameras give you the ability to control the camera from anywhere within your building, making it great for your IT team.


  • Captures details with 20x zoom
  • Good for large indoor spaces
  • Offers a comprehensive, 360-degree view


  • May not be cost effective for every application
  • Set up and configuration can be challenging if done by inexperienced technician
  • Using a camera controller is advised for optimal functionality

Auto-Tracking Cameras
Example: QSys NC-12×80
Auto-tracking cameras are state-of-the art cameras and are designed for seminar rooms with roaming presenters.


  • Ability to add multiple cameras to the platform
  • Versatile connectivity options
  • Offers IP and HDMI connections simultaneously
  • No additional power drops needed
  • 170-degree field of view, capturing the entire room


  • Price: high-end technology can come at a premium
  • Now that we’ve explored some of the top conferencing camera options, it’s essential to highlight what you may want to avoid and why.

AVOID: 360-Degree Desk Camera
Example: The Owl
This seemingly versatile device has several drawbacks:

  • Incompatibility with control systems: It may not work well with common control systems like Crestron or Q-SYS.
  • Oversized soundbar: It takes up space on your conference room table 24/7, which can be inconvenient.
  • Limited display output: It may only connect to a laptop, not the room display.
  • Short warranty: It comes with a 2-year warranty.

AVOID: Desktop Webcam
While desktop webcams can be used in a pinch for small huddle spaces, they’re generally not recommended for professional conferencing.

  • Reduced Experience: They can lead to a less enjoyable experience for remote meeting participants.

Choosing the right conferencing camera is pivotal for successful remote meetings and collaboration. By carefully assessing your needs and the capabilities of different conferencing cameras, you can ensure that your virtual interactions are seamless and effective.

You don’t have to make these decisions on your own either! At Cory’s Spaces, we’re focused on getting you the right AV solution for your space and needs. We understand that technology is an investment, and we’ll partner with you to find innovative solutions that will make communicating easier.

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