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We are a law firm and we use WebEx to conduct legal depositions. We are using just a basic pc with a USB webcam plugged into a PC which is connected to a 55" TV.

We want to upgrade to something with nice video quality and audio as people on the conference cannot see us very well. Any recommendations?
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Anthony Russo earned 2000 total points
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Great optics and good mic.

Amazon.com: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording: Computers & Accessories : http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Webcam-Widescreen-Calling-Recording/dp/B006JH8T3S/ref=lp_172511_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1394141538&sr=1-1

If you would like better audio (highly recommended), add a speakerphone attachment like this one:

Amazon.com: Jabra SPEAK410 USB Speakerphone for Skype, Lync and other VoIP calls - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories : http://www.amazon.com/Jabra-SPEAK410-Speakerphone-Skype-other/dp/B007SHJIO2/ref=pd_cp_pc_1

Hesitation and jerkiness in video is easily forgivable on a video call. Audio though is not.
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by:Cobra25
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Thanks for those links.

How good is the camera? The speakerphone looks very good.
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by:Anthony Russo
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Very good. The Carl Zeiss optics are better than most comparable cameras. Any problems with the look of your video will be due to bandwidth rather than the camera. One less problem to have.
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by:Cobra25
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Thanks.

Is there a good all in one that you recommend also?
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by:Anthony Russo
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The problem with a mic isn't the quality of it. It's the location. The camera has to be in a position to capture the room, and that means far enough away to capture the whole room. That means the mic is far away too. Better to have the camera far away and the mic close to everyone, preferably on a table right by the speakers.

The perfect all in one still loses just based on positioning.
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by:Cobra25
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Yes i hear waht your saying, but could you recommend one?

Thank you so much for your help so far.
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by:Anthony Russo
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I would recommend the C910 or C920 for stereo audio. This will produce the best audio that you can get in a webcam to the best of my knowledge. The stereo mics can give the impression of 'depth' in the audio if the other end has an adequate speaker configuration.

There might be others more audio focused, but giving up the opticals and quality in this range I wouldn't recommend. Clear audio is more important than quality bass and tone in the audio. The more fidelity you add, the more bandwidth it will use and greater chance for dropped moments, which is very bad.
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So the C920 you linked before, will also do audio?
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by:Anthony Russo
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Absolutely. It includes dual stereo mics on either side of the lens.
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by:Connie Zimmermann
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Thank you to both Cobra25 and to Anthony Russo for the question and the answer. This is exactly the inquiry I had, and the info I needed.  Purchasing this product (Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920) for my Dad for Christmas, as he needs to do Webex sessions, as a professor for an online university.
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