I recently updated my camera setup for the spring semester. No, I haven’t added any more monitors. I’m still at eight. I was considering adding an iPad as an additional touch display via the OS X “Sidecar” function, but ultimately decided against it – for the time being.
I am now using the Logitech Brio 4K camera. This model has been around since 2018, but it’s the best webcam on the market aside from a DSLR. Due to the pandemic, it is also massively reordered. I was able to get one from BestBuy.com.
The picture quality is fantastic. And you can zoom in and out to get just the right angle. Here is an interview that I streamed on Skype:
And here is a recording that I took locally without compression:
Unfortunately, zoom still compresses the image quality to crap. See the short clip from me here:
Unfortunately, my students will see the poor image quality when zooming. But I’ll simulate my classes this semester on YouTube at full 720p. (I’m not sure if my bandwidth can handle 1080p or 4K without buffering issues.)
The Logitech camera also comes with the Logitech Capture software. You can switch seamlessly between the web camera and screen sharing. I have to experiment a little more with it for class. If my plan works, I’ll never have to hit the Share Screen button again while in Zoom.