Many people use video-conferencing tools like Zoom for their business meetings. Usually, the webcam is located either on top of or (shudder) underneath the monitor screen. This means that the subjects of the video call must look up at or down at their computer to maintain eye contact with the audience. As a result, they miss out on some of the non-verbal aspects of communication that help build trust in business relationships. Center Cam solves this problem by placing a center screen webcam in the middle of the screen so that participants can maintain eye contact at all times.
Center Cam is a small adjustable middle-screen webcam that plugs right into your computer screen so you can easily make eye contact during video calls. The webcam is designed to work with any video-conferencing tool, and it’s compatible with Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android.
The webcam has a high-end f2.1, 6mm lens that records HD Video in 1080p at 30 FPS with a 65o HFOV aspect ratio. The camera also has a standard mount clip that can be used to attach the webcam to the monitor, and it’s capable of opening up to 2 inches wide, giving users plenty of flexibility for mounting.
As a stand-alone device, the Center Cam is pretty light on features. It comes with a USB cable that’s threaded through the monitor clip and part of the flexible flex tube, and it has a lock nut at the base that needs to be loosen in order to focus the lens on you during a video call.
The monitor clip can be positioned anywhere on the screen, but it’s best to place it close to your eye level in order to get the most accurate results. To do so, you have to loosen the lock nut and rotate it until you see yourself clearly in the frame. After that, you need to tighten the nut again.
One thing to keep in mind about the Center Cam is that it doesn’t include a microphone, so you’ll need to use your computer’s built-in mic or another external one. This is a minor inconvenience, but it’s something to keep in mind if you plan on using the device regularly.
While the Center Cam isn’t perfect, it does provide a much-needed solution for those who frequently communicate with others via video-conferencing tools. Its low price and simple design also makes it a great choice for students, remote workers, and anyone else who wants to be more engaged during virtual meetings. If you’re interested in trying out the Center Cam, it’s available for pre-order now and will begin shipping from mid-June 2022. You can learn more and purchase it directly from the manufacturer’s website here. Alternatively, you can check out Insta360’s new Link camera, which uses an actual gimbal cribbed from DJI’s Pocket 2 action cam to physically move around the image and keep you in focus without needing software to do it for you.