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WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:58 pm
by Kendoori
I have a couple of Logitech C920s that use with Zoom, Slack, Google Meet, etc... I've learned the nuances of controlling these via v4l2-ctl, but the performance and output is nowhere near as one can get with the same camera on Windows.

This is what it is, and I don't expect for Logitech to do much for the Linux community. I spend a lot of time doing video and would like something better that has the most configurability in Linux. Does something exist that's better than the C920? for example, is the Brio much better.

I realize that lighting is an issue, but I find that even when lighting is good, the C920 is not so great.

Re: WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 pm
by mikeflan
I recently bought an Aluratek 4K. I like it. Video quality is very good. Sound is OK, but not great. Configurability - I would say it is low, but you might not agree. It's a good webcam.

Re: WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:46 pm
by Kendoori
mikeflan wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 pm
I recently bought an Aluratek 4K. I like it. Video quality is very good. Sound is OK, but not great. Configurability - I would say it is low, but you might not agree. It's a good webcam.
So have you had to make any adjustments? or are you using the defults. I would be using this atop my 27" desktop monitor. How is the field of view?

Re: WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:39 am
by mikeflan
No adjustments. It works good in darkly lighted conditions. Video quality is very good.
Lets see - I am 21 inches from the monitor and left to right is about 36" wide.
Here is a zoom meeting in 1.3 hrs. I'll expect you won't make this one. Set up another one if you want to.

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Re: WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:48 am
by mikeflan
We just held this Zoom meeting and the camera you are using is great on video quality.
The field of view looked pretty good to me also, but I understand you would like a wider field of view.
I learned that 'qtv4l2' software allows for some configuration of the camera settings, but the settings don't stick
So you use shell scripts to reset the settings every time.
'guvcview' also allows configuration of the camera settings. So all it good now.

Re: WTD: Recommendation for High End Webcam (not C920)

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:55 pm
by Kendoori
mikeflan wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:48 am
We just held this Zoom meeting and the camera you are using is great on video quality.
Mike you are very kind to help me test. As I shared, I had two different Logitech C920 cameras, and as part of my troubleshooting, I swapped one that was attached to a Chromebox and put it on my Mint machine. I believe I have a hardware problem with the first camera.

P.S. nice to meet a fellow Minter real time :-)