Nov 04 2015

Review: The AVer VC520 Conference Camera System

AVer provides professional conference services without a pro crew.

Video conferences are an excellent way for employees to communicate, but only if the technology performs.

Employees will tell you a poorly run video conference can be worse than not meeting at all, but the AVer VC520 conference camera system ensures that will not happen at your agency.

Capable of recording beautiful high-definition video, the AVer VC520 inexpensively produces a quality picture and clear sound with minimal setup.

The AVer VC520's Motorized Camera

The motorized video camera resembles a miniature NASA telescope, with precision glass optics, automatic focus and a 12X lossless true optical zoom. Users control the camera with the included remote control or a free mobile app available for both iOS and Android.

The camera features 10 presets, automatically zooming the focus to commonly viewed objects throughout the room, such as a whiteboard, podium or head of the table. The camera’s motor is fast and quiet, swiveling easily through the presets, and taking less than three seconds to pan the room.

The autofocus brings the camera’s target into perfect view, with no blurriness. During testing, viewers could clearly read from a paper with 12-point type posted on a wall 20 feet from the camera.

The AVer VC520 Makes Good Use of Speakerphone

The AVer VC520 provides sound through a speakerphone with a full duplex microphone array. The speakerphone collects sound with three directional microphones, which are rated at 15 feet but worked beyond that range during tests.

For larger rooms, users can add a second speakerphone. The AVer VC520 will sync the two phones, eliminating annoying echoes.

The VC520 also works across multiple rooms in the same location.

Each unit includes a metal bracket and screws that increase portability, making the AVer VC520 a good choice for offices that need a shared device for large (or multiple) conference rooms.

To set up the system, simply plug the camera and speakerphone into a small hub, then provide power. A USB cable connects the unit to a desktop or notebook computer, and it’s ready for use in less than a minute.


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