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The SRG-120DU, SONY finally releases a USB camera!

The SRG-120DU, SONY finally releases a USB camera!

Hello USB Pros!

Today is somewhat of a landmark day for SONY as they release the new SONY SRG-120DU. Although SONY's ProAV camera solution category has been under scrutiny in the past few months as distributors and AV Partners have turned to alternatives with USB, today SONY finally came out with it's own USB Camera. I personally remember 3 years ago at InfoComm show when SONY representatives were looking at the VDO360 VPTZH-01 camera (one of the industries first USB PTZ camera models ) saying "USB? What for?". Well here we are three years later and yes USB is a big thing. End users are loving the professional camera options available in the USB camera market for one simply reason: ease of use. Whether users are setting up cloud based online video conference rooms or live broadcast solutions a USB video connection can be ideal. 

So let's take a look at what we know about SONY's new SRG-120DU. It's not out quite yet and major retailers like BnH photo currently do not the have product even listed. But we do have the data sheet and we plan to compare the SONY with other USB cameras in the market such as Vaddio and PTZOptics. Here we have a quick overview of the features in our comparison chart we will use to compare a few other USB PTZ cameras on the market in a later post.

Basically, this is going to be a USB 3.0 video conferencing camera with 12X Optical Zoom. Here are some of the main features.

  • ​USB 3.0 HD Video connection
  • 1920x1080p video up to 60 fps
  • IP Control
  • VISCA over IP
  • 71 degree field of view
  • View-DR which is basically Wide Dynamic Range
  • 16 Presets

This look like a great camera from SONY. Were definitely excited to see a big player like SONY entering the market. But will it be enough to compete in this already busy market. Were going to get a new demo unit in roughly 1-2 months where we can start to produce side by side test footage. SONY has already established itself with a certain level of quality which may be beyond what else is available on the market. Keep an eye out for a review of this camera and comparison to the market players: Vaddio and PTZOptics available here.

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The Wireless Webcam is Dead, Or is It?

The Wireless Webcam is Dead, Or is It?

The Wireless Webcam 

Wireless webcam is a term which is not so popular in the tech industry. Everyone is used to wired USB cameras for video chats and since every new laptop has a built-in webcam, only professionals purchase webcams for video conferencing. Professionals most often use specialized video conferencing cameras with IP streaming or UVC or HDMI streaming. 

Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam

Wireless webcams were introduced in 2012 but due to negative reviews they didn't see the light of day. Logitech the renowned manufacturer of webcams launched Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi webcam developed for Mac devices. The webcam was specifically designed for broadcasters who use cameras for live streaming on platforms such as UStream. It offers many features including: 

  • One-touch live broadcasting on UStream
  • Dual-camera recording using both Mac's built-in webcam and Logitech camera
  • Multi-view webcam calls
  • Wireless range up to 50 feet
  • Supports all major apps such as Skype, FaceTime and iChat
  • 720p video recording
  • H.264 encoding
  • Logitech Fluid Crystal technology

The major factor fueling its downfall was not being compatible with Windows PCs. The majority of people use Windows PCs and if your webcam does not support them then you are unable to take advantage of a major chunk of the industry. Since it was first of its kind, it needed some major improvements in terms of video quality and wireless setup.

A smartphone camera produced better video quality compared to Logitech's Broadcaster Wi-Fi webcam. This was highly disappointing for the user because Logitech is known for making excellent webcams and it did not produce the quality they expected. A tripod and a smartphone app can help users stream live videos on any platform so this webcam needed to be superior in order to be successful.

Transmitting video wirelessly is no easy task and requires expensive wireless equipment to operate. Most cameras with built-in wireless transmitter are not great performers because the video stutters or lags due to interference in the wireless network. At that time only 2.4 GHz wireless networks were available which had a slow data speed and major connection issues due to interference in the network. Yet another reason why wireless webcams failed to impress potential users. Given the price point of wireless webcams and non-availability of wireless technology they failed to capture the attention of the industry.


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Vaddio vs PTZOptics

Vaddio vs PTZOptics

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We have been asked to review the latest Vaddio RoboShot cameras with the PTZOptics camera line. For those of you who do not know Vaddio manufactures some of the industries top video conferencing cameras with USB. Vaddio's new RoboShot camera line has triple video streaming capabilities for HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. PTZOptics is a camera manufacture who has a line of 12X and 20X HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming capable cameras. So first let's start with the details of Vaddio's RoboShot line. Then we can use the PTZOptics comparison available here: (http://ptzoptics.com/comparison-charts/). And finally we can summarize the PTZOptics USB cameras and how they compare. 

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ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

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Today we wanted to tackle a important topic on the minds of so many audio visual integrators, distributors and even long time clients of traditional AV partners. What is the role of Professional AV in the web video conferencing world? There no doubt that professional audio visual integration played a key role in the evolution of video conferencing in it's infancy. But where do audio visual integrators fit into the market when Skype for Business costs only $2 per month (basic subscription)? Where do audio visual integrators fit into the conversation when a enterprise chooses to standardize on the Google ChromeBox for Meetings at only $999? Heck even video conferencing robots are allowing CEO's to virtually tour office spaces, manufacturing areas even attend remote meetings from around the world for an entry cost of only $2,999! (See DoubleRobotics)

Pro AV as Specialized Consultants?

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Logitech vs HuddleCamHD

Logitech vs HuddleCamHD

Logitech ConferenceCams vs HuddleCamHD

HuddleCamHD designs professional video conferencing cameras with complete solutions and integration friendly options for the Professional AV market. Logitech designs compact cameras for small group chats with Bluetooth and NFC pairing options. Both companies manufacture cameras that are capable of delivering 1080p Full HD video at 30 FPS. Logitech gains an advantage because it also offers a speaker and a microphone for communication along with a control hub while HuddleCam only produces cameras not the control unit. HuddleCam HD cameras do include a remote control for pan, tilt and zoom but no speakers or microphone are available on-board.

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