After spending a year plus with the pandemic, it is easy to overlook the work from home hero that is the webcam. Whether it was for streaming or working remotely, many of us found ourselves spending more time than ever front of our cameras. While I am personally excited to attend CES 2022 in person in about a month from now, I could not help but to gain an appreciation for proper webcams. After attending digital versions of Pepcom, E3, and CES 2021, it makes me wonder if my virtual meeting setup could use a bit of a boost. Interestingly enough, in my virtual meeting with VisionTek, I got the chance to learn of such an upgrade. That upgrade was the VisionTek VTWC40 AutoFocus Webcam.
The VisionTek VTWC40 is a plug-n-play 1080p high-definition camera which houses an omnidirectional microphone. The camera supports a resolution 1920 x 1080 and captures at a frame rate of 60 fps. Surrounding the camera’s lens is a built-in ring light with two brightness and color settings, allowing you to handle video calls in dark settings. As long as you have a free USB port, and any of the following operating systems, the VTWC40 is ready to go the moment you plug it in. No driver installs necessary.
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- macOS 10.9 or above
Going even deeper into the VTWC40’s build, the camera allows for a 360-degree horizontal rotation and 30 degrees of tilt. Using the double-jointed base, you can clasp and rest the camera atop practically any monitor. The base also allows for an easy and highly-flexible tabletop setup and the tripod mount on the bottom opens the door to even more mounting possibilities.
There is a blue LED on the face of the camera that indicates when the camera is live. I personally like how they implemented the lens cover on the VTWC40. The camera cover is magnetic, covering the camera lens when not in use, or snapping onto the back whenever you need to expose the lens.
The VTWC40’s ring light is controlled by a touch control on the top of the camera. The light has three settings, shining in a warmer shade, a colder shade, and what appears to be a blend of the two.
Diving right into performance, the VTWC40 captures a clean wide-angled image with a “cooler” but still-accurate representation of color. See this comparison of two shots taken of my office desk, one by my Samsung Galaxy S20 (left) and the other by the VTWC40 (right).
In an office riddled with bright florescent lighting, you will have a crisp image with a solid representation of colors.
In a lighting scenario such as this, the ring light on the VTWC40 is obviously unnecessary. However, you get to enjoy the best recording quality that the VTWC40 has to offer, and at an impressive 60 frames per second, no less.
In a darker setting, like one’s home, the VTWC40 continues to record images quite well. Even without the ring light on, you can still capture a respectable image, even in a dark living room such as mine. Here are some shots of me at my desk, with the camera positioned both under and on top of my monitor. The VTWC40’s LED was off and the only lighting provided was a living room lamp and the light from my monitor.
If you fancy using a simulated background in your calls, like I prefer to do when I am home, here is where the VTWC40’s LED can really shine, pun intended. Here, I took a picture of the backgrounds from my office desk and made those images the backgrounds on my calls. You can use the VTWC40’s three LED lighting settings to establish lighting that helps to match that of your background. Putting the disappearing effect of my gaming chair aside, I was able to somewhat simulate that I was in the very background I was spoofing, so to speak.
Here are some shots of the VTWC40’s LED in action, using shots of my office desk’s backgrounds as my digital backgrounds in calls.
VTWC40 arranged under my home monitor.
VTWC40 arranged atop my home monitor.
As far as image and video capture is concerned, the VTWC40’s camera and ring light combo performs quite well in all lighting scenarios.
When it comes to vocal recordings, the mic pics up and broadcasts my voices strongly and clearly to call participants on the other side. However, if you plan to use the VTWC40’s mic as your main mic on calls, make sure that you are in a quiet setting. While the VTWC40 captures your voice clearly, it also captures slight sounds in your surroundings clearly as well. So, while you can absolutely lean on the VTWC40’s mic for your video calls, you may need to consider your surroundings or implement push-to-talk functionality on your calls.
What has me particularly fond of VisionTek’s VTWC40 webcam is the webcam’s versatility. Here you have a webcam that has solid image capturing, a toggleable ring light, and a wide variety of setup and installation possibilities. The VTWC40 is ready to go from the moment you take it out of the box. Not to mention, the magnetic covering is a very nice touch, adding a bit of reassurance that the camera is only recording when you want it to.
The VisionTek VTWC40 webcam has found a permanent home within my home office setup. Although I still prefer to use headsets for voice communication, I can still enjoy the VTWC40’s solid image capturing quality.
If you are in the market for a webcam that requires practically no setup outside of changing your system’s default camera, VisionTek’s $89.99 VTWC40 webcam is a camera that you should definitely check out. You can check out the VTWC40 for yourself by clicking here.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a VisionTek VTWC40 webcam for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.