The AVer VC520 Video Conference Camera System delivers excellent image and sound quality for conducting better meetings with remote participants.
The VC520’s camera looks like the offspring of a missile launcher and a telescope. It measures 7 by 5.5 by 7.2 inches (HWD). The big lens may be intimidating to some, but not to the extroverted members of the PCMag software team. The lens is large because it has a 12x zoom ratio, with an aperture that opens to f/1.8 at the widest angle and narrows slightly to f/2.8 when zoomed all the way in. Its housing is not as slick as that of the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect$499.99 at Dell, but the AVer camera is heavy and sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about it sliding around on the table. It can also be mounted to a wall with the included bracket.
Setup, Operation, and App
With so many pieces, the VC520 system isn’t exactly a no-brainer to connect. But once you figure out what the icons on each piece mean, and that everything connects to the hub rather than to the PC, it all makes sense. The system runs on Windows 7 and higher, or Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
As for software setup, we tested the VC520 on Windows 7 and Windows 10, and both automatically installed the drivers needed to operate the hardware. After that, it was easy to pick the AVer camera, microphone, and speaker from Skype’s dropdown settings.
Once your videoconferencing software is talking to the camera, mic, and speaker, using the system is simple. Just hold the remote’s pan, tilt, and zoom buttons until you’ve framed the person or people you want to show. In testing, the camera sometimes took longer to move to the person speaking than I’d like, but in the absence of a capability to automatically move to the person who’s talking, the ten positional presets on the remote make this a more streamlined process.
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