Priced on Amazon at £39.99 this budget priced camera Angetube does have a few features not often seen at this price.
The camera arrived in an attractive and surprisingly small product box. Inside was the camera itself, a small cleaning cloth, a User Guide, and FAQ booklet.
The two printed Guides are a bit intimidating and I thought there might be a lot of configuration and setting up involved but in fact, no. For what I wanted from the camera it could not have been more simple. I plugged the camera into my Windows 10 PC and it was instantly recognised with no drivers or software needed. The Windows Camera app allowed me to configure it although the default settings were fine as it was with Skype. The User Guide is there to help users use the camera with more sophisticated software, such as the Amcap application they recommend, which allows it to be used for more advanced video techniques and to resolve any issues with the computer. The guide also helps when setting the camera up with older systems.
The camera itself is small and lightweight, with a physical sliding cover for the lens. The versatile mount can be used to position the camera securely to the top of the computer monitor, as a self-supporting desktop stand, or using the screw hole to any standard tripod mount. When on a tripod the camera can be rotated through 90 degrees using the camera mount and slid from side to side. The screw mount is metal and so will not degrade over time if regularly used for tripod mounting. The hard-wired USB cable appears to be the standard 2M in length but it is a pity it is not longer. There are no physical controls to vary focus or exposure but they can be changed using the software.
Both video and audio quality are fine for the price point. Video is clear and sharp with a viewing angle of 76 degrees and available in two formats: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 both at 30fp/s. Audio quality is OK too from the twin internal microphones is excellent too over the same distance. Unlike many cheap webcams which are either fixed focus or at best manual focus this camera has a fast-acting and effective autofocus system built-in. Manual focus and exposure control are possible but this has to be done through the software being used. When using the Windows Camera app full control is available although 30fps is the fastest frame rate available.
If you want a decent quality webcam for Skype or other streaming purposes then you would have to go a long way to find a better one than this. There are plenty of cheaper rivals available but I suspect few offer the high-quality results of this one.
Good Build Quality
Plug and Play
Good video Quality
Good Audio Quality
No Manual Focus Dial
Cable rather Short