Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which HD USB webcam is best for Zoom videoconferencing?
With simple plug-and-play usability, quality video & audio, and a decent price, the Logitech C930e HD Webcam is a great choice for high-quality video. It has a quality lens, 1080p capability, and a price that won’t break the budget. In short, this is the HD webcam we most frequently recommend for Zoom. For other options and to see a complete comparison, check out our article on Best Pro HD Webcams for Zoom Conferencing.
What can I do to improve my video & audio quality on Zoom?
The first thing you should do is run an internet speed test in order to determine your actual speeds. You’re looking for a minimum of 60 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload. Keeping these numbers in mind, you can then use the FCC’s Fixed Broadband Deployment Search to see which broadband providers are available in your area and the speeds they offer. Then, you can shop around compare prices, speeds and other features. Comparing offers and getting the best price can be a lengthy process, and you’ll probably end up spending more time on hold and in online chats than you would like, but take heart—optimizing your internet connection will also mean that when you stream video on demand, you’ll get a better visual experience.
Should I use Zoom backgrounds?
We don’t recommend it. Using Zoom to insert a photo or dynamically blur your background can place extra strain on the processor in your system. On top of this, it’s hard to get it to look great, unless you invest in a green screen and light everything perfectly. A better option is to strategically choose what you show in your background —try to keep it uncluttered and simple, with a few select items that represent you and your personal brand.
What are some lighting tips for Zoom?
Always try to place a light source in front of you (behind the camera), NEVER behind. Cameras struggle any time that they have to look into bright light. Try to distribute light evenly in order to avoid both shadows and hotspots. Natural light is your best bet, so your ideal lighting setup is to locate a window with strong, but not too strong natural light source. If the sunlight coming in is too strong or direct and it’s causing parts of your face or body to look blown out or too white, consider diffusing the light through a lightweight curtain or white bedsheet hung over the window.
Can I use a point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera as a webcam?
The short answer: Maybe. Your camera needs an HDMI out port that is able to provide a “clean” signal (without showing any overlays like battery level, exposure level, etc.). Your luck is going to be better if it’s a higher-end DSLR or mirrorless camera from the last 5 years or so. You’ll also need a few other accessories including a cable, USB converter and A/C adapter—it’s not quite plug-and-play, but worth investigating if you have an extra camera lying around. Check out this overview video from Elgato for more details and guidance.
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