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Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

So if you haven't heard SONY finally came out with a USB PTZ camera, the SRG-120DU! They have taken a long time since companies such as HuddleCamHD, InFocus, PTZOptics and Vaddio have been in the market. So will SONY make a BIG splash? 

I think so. We have a complete comparison here and even though there more affordable options (PTZOptics in particular) I think SONY's reach and huge distribution will make the SONY SRG120DU a success. Whether or not ProAV will favor a few of the cameras we have on our comparison list might be a different story.

In this blog post we are going to compare the SONY SRG-120DU in a review where we take the camera specifications with side by side features from PTZOptics and Vaddio's comparable models. PTZOptics 12X-USB and Vaddio's RoboShot 12X USB are strikingly similar when it comes to optical zoom (excatly the same) and the field of view which is 71, 72.5 and 73 degrees. In all honesty these are probably the same field of view just measured with a degree of error variance. I would guess SONY is the most strict with their measurements and therefore gave the SRG-120DU a 71 when Vaddio gave the RoboShot at 73. Since the SRG-120DU is still not out yet it's hard to say if the field of will be noticeably more narrow but I think this is a mute point for most consumers.

SONY SRG-120DU Market Comparison

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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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The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

​The new pricing plan launched by Skype for Business has caught the attention of its competitors and its costumers.

Attention AV & IT professionals!

Skype recently released an improved pricing package for Skype for Business! This news may have you wondering how this change in the online video conferencing industry will affect your own business? Skype for Business is a widely used online video conferencing service for professionals invested in video communication. We will evaluate the newest features and weigh them against competing third party meeting providers such as GoToMeeting, Cisco WebExand Zoom.


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The Evolution of WebRTC

The Evolution of WebRTC

 WebRTC

WebRTC also known as Web Real-Time Communication is an API developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Google. It supports browser-to-browser applications such as voice-calling, video chat and Peer-to-Peer file sharing without any additional plugins. WebRTC is an open source project proposed by Google and is now supported by several other browsers. The API is still a work in progress but shows promise for the future.

The main purpose of WebRTC is to bring:

  • Real-time communications to the web
  • Build a state of the art media stack in browsers
  • Develope a new communications platform
  • Enable P2P file sharing
  • Provide a video conferencing solution that requires no download
  • Create a faster video and audio conferencing experience 

WebRTC is supported across many platforms and other browsers have joined in for support. Currently, the following platforms and browsers support WebRTC:

  • Chrome
  • Chrome for Android
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Native Java and Objective-C bindings
  • Canary
  • Nightly
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