When you’re deciding on what video conferencing hardware to invest in, there are numerous considerations:
- How many people will be using the video conferencing equipment at one time?
- Is it compatible with your other hardware/software? (Our handy video conferencing guide is a great place to start with questions like this one.)
- What visual aids will you be using during your conference?
Here are our top ten best video conferencing equipment choices:
1. Polycom CX5100 Unified Conference Station
Details: This is one of the higher end PTZOptics stand alone cameras, and it shows in its extensive feature list. 1080p60/50 recording, multiple codec streaming solutions, and 12 zoom for wide angle and close up shots alike make this a great camera for one on one video calls and group conferences. Its 2D and 3D voice cancellation are a great perk, as well. It’s a great video conference camera for a variety of uses.
Pricing: $5,000 and up
2. Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set System
Details: Compact, simple, intuitive, and affordable for a dual stream, plug and play, remote control unit, this is a great option for small to medium sized businesses that are looking to upgrade to a more serious video conferencing solution. It’s also a great choice for larger businesses that need small room units or extra equipment on hand.
3. SMART kapp
Details: This isn’t a camera or video conferencing system, but the SMART kapp white board is a great addition to video conferencing. Available in a variety of size, this digital whiteboard is app compatible, allowing users to view its contents on their computers or smart phones.
Pricing: $400 and up
4. Polycom RealPresence Group 700-1080
Details: Polycom is one of the top names in telepresence hardware, and it’s easy to see why when you see the state of the art Real Presence Group in action. In the set up kit, you’ll receive the Polycom Group microphone, EagleEye III camera, power supply, cables, remote, and 700-1080 codec. This system can handle incredibly complex room requirements, including multiple displays, sources, cameras, and more.
5. Avaya XT5000 Video Conferencing System
Details: This is Avaya’s flagship Scopia room system. Dual live video (1080p/60fps), high definition audio, and seamless multi party calling make this a great system for complex room calls. Can be paired with a second camera and/or be used for data/content sharing by using the second stream.
6. HuddleCamHD-3X G2 Video Conference Camera
Details: This camera may not have features that are as extensive as some others on our list, but it is a solid piece of video conferencing equipment suitable for small and medium sized businesses. It offers wired control, remote pan and tilt, and an 81 degree field of view/36 degree field of zoom in wide and telezoom modes… all for under $500.00.
7. Aver Information CAM520 Plug-n-Play Conference Camera
Details: This professional grade plug-n-play conferencing camera offers high definition, 60 FPS video, and numerous camera presets. It’s a great feature for users who have several different calling set ups, or for offices where multiple users might share a camera. It’s compatible with PC, Mac, and Chromebook, many different popular applications, and a variety of audio systems.
Pricing: $9008. TelyCam 3x Wide Angle Video Conference Camera
8. TelyCam 3x Wide Angle Video Conference Camera
Details: An excellent mid-range camera for small to medium sized businesses, and suitable for huddle cams and single calls at an enterprise level, this camera offers and impressive 105 degree wide angle. It’s compatible with Mac, PC, and Chromebooks, and works with a wide variety of teleconferencing software solutions, including Hangouts, GotoMeeting, Skype 4 Business, Webex, and more.
9. Logitech Conference Cam BCC950
Details: At only $250, this is one of the best solutions for small to medium sized businesses on a budget. Exceptional speakerphone audio and HD video gives small, simple conferences professional polish with a very manageable price tag.
10. PTZOptics 12x-SDI Video Conferencing Camera
Details: This mid range camera lives up to its tagline, “Broadcast quality made affordable.” 60FPS streaming keeps your video crystal clear and lossless 12x optical zoom allows for flexibility in your calls. You can stream, simultaneously, from three HD outputs, and the ability to narrow your field of view from 72.5 degrees to a mere 6.9 makes presentations a breeze.