The best conference room webcams make a real difference to the quality and flow of virtual meetings. With home working more common than ever, and more and more businesses connecting all over the world, the idea of a remote conferences being reserved for high-level meetings has long since been consigned to the past.
If you're someone who is attending or chairing a lot of remote conferences, it's worth thinking about your camera setup. Many computers and laptops come with built-in webcams, but these are limited in terms of quality, and can make for an unpleasant meeting experience, especially if you've got multiple participants trying to crowd into the same shot.
That's why we've put together this guide to review the best dedicated conference room webcams you can buy right now. We've weighed them all up based on key specs like video quality, audio quality and the inclusion of special features like connectivity or face detection. Some conferencing cameras also have pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) capability, while others have connectivity features that allow them to be controlled via a smartphone app.
We understand that every business and user has a different budget, so we've included conference room camera options at a range of price points. As such, the list includes a range of product types, from simple webcams to sophisticated cameras optimised specifically for conferencing.
If you need more guidance on what to look for, scroll to the bottom of this page for some tips to get you started. Looking for a simple webcam for one-to-one call? Our list of the best webcams should help, and we also have a guide to the best Macbook webcams if you're an Apple user.
The best conference room webcams
The Meeting Owl Pro is the best and smartest conference room camera you can buy at the moment, and in many ways is streets ahead of its competition. This camera sports a single lens and is still able to provide an effective 360° view of a room, ensuring that everyone is in the shot, no matter what. It's also got eight omnidirectional microphones, rated to cover an area with a radius of 18 feet (about 5.5m), and featuring Smart Zooming technology to pick up speakers sitting further away from the camera.
The camera also sports a host of smart connected features. Hook it up to the internet via the Wi-Fi connection, and you can take advantage of the Owl Labs' Smart Meeting Room ecosystem, which makes it easy to connect up multiple cameras in different places, and is fantastic if you're co-ordinating large-scale meetings with teams in multiple locations. You can also control the camera via your smartphone when it's connected, and the Meeting Owl Pro is broadly compatible both with all major conferencing apps and third-party accessories like microphones.
This is certainly not a cheap conferencing camera, to say the least. It's the premium option for teams and businesses who want their conferences to run as smoothly as in-person meetings – and it passes that test with flying colours.
For a smaller, cheaper conferencing camera option than the Meeting Owl Pro, we'd recommend looking at the Logitech C930e. Its short-range mic is rated to just 1m, which limits it to smaller conference rooms, but for small teams or solo meeting participants, this should work just fine. Plus, the camera earns points for its video quality, as its Full HD 1080p resolution is higher than average for a conference camera, especially one at this price.
The lens has a 90° field of view, which is easily enough to get multiple participants into the same shot. Additionally, the generous resolution allows for a 4x digital zoom, which is hugely handy for zooming in on whiteboards or flip-charts should the need arise. The C930e is also surprisingly adept at handling challenging lighting situations, such as backlighting or low-light, which is extra handy for those times you need to dial in from a less-than-ideal location.
Delivering top-quality video in a camera that's small enough to carry around with you, this is the ideal conferencing camera for the mobile professional.
The Kandao Meeting Pro is a conferencing camera ideally suited for those who know a little more than average about video. It can bypass a computer entirely, and connect direction to a screen, monitor or mixer via its HDMI connection, and it can capture Full HD video encoded in H.264 and MJPEG formats. There's also an SD card slot, which gives you an offline means of recording your meetings, should you need one.
Like the Meeting Owl Pro, it offers 360° coverage, so you can cover the entire meeting room. It has an eight-microphone, omnidirectional audio system so that all speakers in the meeting can be heard, and it has its own built-in Android system, which makes it easy to install firmware updates.
The Kandao Meeting Pro can be controlled via its Bluetooth remote, or using a connected smartphone. Plus, thanks to its built-in hi-fi speaker, you'll be able to hear the other end of the meeting as clearly as they'll be able to hear you.
There’s some slightly tricksy copywriting in the Microsoft Lifecam Studio – it’s billed as a 1080p camera, and this is technically true, but you need to use some third-party webcam software to get its sensor to record at this resolution – otherwise it’ll top out at 720p.
Cyberlink YouCam is a good choice, especially if you’re using it for business conferencing, where a little more fidelity is expected. Still, the CMOS sensor on the camera does do an impressive job, producing a vivid and pleasing image with good colour accuracy across the board. As a webcam with microphone it does the job pretty well, though without the fancy noise-cancelling features of more expensive cameras.
Though it may look like a box camera from a hundred years ago, the Huddly IQ is one of the most advanced conference room webcams on the market right now. It can make use of AI-powered tech to frame up subjects in a meeting for a smoother viewing experience, and also has the capability to provide meeting-room analytics.
This means the camera can relay how many people are in a room, how frequently a room is used and when a room is or isn’t occupied – useful if you’re on the other end and need a quick notification for when a meeting is ready to start. It produces Full HD video with a generous 150° – though make note that you do have to pick up the 5-mic module as well if you want the audio to be recorded.
Though it may look like one of Batman’s stealth jets, the Jabra Panacast is one of the most sophisticated conference webcams on the market. It’s capable of capturing “panoramic” 4K resolution – not true 4K exactly, but still pretty impressive, and more pixels than most other conferencing webcams.
The 180° field of view means you can put it up against the wall and capture a whole room, while the intelligent zoom system means the camera will hone in on points of interest. The 2-mic setup isn’t quite as comprehensive as we’ve seen on other webcams, but otherwise this lightweight webcam is great for the majority of conferences and meetings.
If you’re looking for the best video quality possible for your conferences, then the Dell Ultrasharp Webcam should be your port of call. The clue is in the name – this is a webcam designed to provide a sharp and highly detailed image, capable of shooting 4K at 30 frames per second, or Full HD at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second. The design and build are also premium, with an aluminium frame that makes a refreshing change from the plastic of most webcams.
The Dell Ultrasharp Webcam has no microphone at all, so you’ll need to factor in the cost of one if you want to provide audio for your conferences. This may seem a surprising omission, but Dell’s logic is that if you care enough about quality to buy a 4K webcam, you probably want better audio than can be provided by a built-in mic in any case.
Though it’s a few years old now, the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect will still get the job done for the majority of conference-room requirements, delivering good-quality Full HD video and perfectly clear audio. Its tubular shape is a little unusual – it makes it easy to transport, though a little more vulnerable to being knocked over than other webcams with more secure stands.
It’s designed with some sympathy for technophobes, offering impressive plug-and-play ease of use and compatibility with the usual video conferencing apps – Zoom, Skype for Business, etc. It also runs on an internal battery that can last for a 3-hour video call, giving you even more setup flexibility.
How should I choose the best conference room webcam?
One of the main deciding factors is likely to be your budget. Specialist conference webcams with features like facial recognition and more powerful microphones cost more than some smaller businesses will want to shell
out, so in our guide to the best conference webcams above, we've included some standard webcams as well.
There are a number of factors worth thinking about when selecting your conference room webcam. The resolution of the camera is quite important. Although you probably don’t need stunning 8K resolution for your conferences, if you can get at least Full HD it will make the video experience much more pleasant for those attending and ensure that everyone can see what they need to if there’s a presentation taking place.
A good conference room webcam should also have a microphone, or at least the capacity to attach one, and you may want to think about how well the webcam integrates with your software or OS of choice. Some conference room webcams come with useful integrations for systems like Android, enabling control via your phone or tablet.