Creative shows that you don’t need to spend big bucks on a new webcam to get a solid upgrade from the one built into your computer. Live creation! Cam Sync 1080p V2 is $59.99, which is about half the price of most other webcams we’ve recently tested (not including the cheap generic models that just aren’t very good). Sure, it’s not as strong on the audio and video fronts as models that cost twice as much, but the Live! Cam Sync offers a bright picture and clear sound, making it good value for money.
Easy to mount
Live! Cam Sync is a small, lightweight webcam. Its body is a rounded black rectangle measuring 1.4 by 3.2 by 1.4 inches (HWD), with a circular silver accent around the lens in the middle of the front panel and two microphones on either side. A rubber privacy door snaps over the lens; it folds down when the camera is in use. A 5.9ft cable extends from the back of the camera and ends in a USB-A socket.
The camera is attached to a laptop/monitor clip with a ball mount, which lets it tilt freely from side to side and within a limited range up and down. The mount also allows you to tilt the orientation of the camera in a small arc in either direction, which adds flexibility, but also makes it easier to accidentally adjust your image slightly askew.
The clip itself is a lightweight, two-piece design with an overhanging lip at the front to find purchase against the top edge of your screen’s front, and a hinge that tilts down to secure. lean against the back. The inside surfaces of the clip are rubber coated for a better grip, but the foot on the back doesn’t tilt and doesn’t provide much surface area to wedge against the back of your laptop or computer. monitor. Combined with the very lightweight design, the camera can easily be jostled or pulled from its perch as you adjust it. The bottom of the clip features a tripod mount when folded flat.
Software and performance
You can use the free Creative app to edit the Live! Cam Sync’s audio properties, but all video adjustments will need to be handled in your video capture or video chat software of choice. The only video setting provided by the software is whether Flicker Reduction is set to 50Hz or 60Hz.
The Creative app lets you enable and adjust a few voice tricks, such as VoiceDetect and NoiseClean-out. VoiceDetect automatically turns the camera off and on when you talk during calls, and NoiseClean-out reduces background noise. The sensitivity of both functions can be changed or set to automatic.
As its name suggests, the Creative Live! Cam Sync 1080p V2 is a 1080p webcam. It can record at 30 frames per second and has a lens with a 77 degree field of view.
Webcam video is a solid step up from the average laptop camera in brightness and sharpness, although it is plagued with noise. Even in a fully lit room, test images looked grainy all over the frame, especially on flat, even surfaces like walls and shelves. The grain doesn’t spoil the video, but it does soften any fine details the camera can potentially capture. That said, it’s still an improvement over my laptop’s built-in webcam and a good picture for the price.
The noise continues in low light, although the camera performs quite well in a darkened room. When illuminated only by my monitor, my face pops out and appears relatively clear, even when the room behind me is muddy and grainy.
The Razer Kiyo offers a better overall picture thanks to a built-in light ring, but it costs more at $99.99 and doesn’t offer the best audio quality.
Speaking of audio quality, the Live! Cam Sync seems surprisingly good for the price. Test recordings sounded full and clear, although the microphones picked up some echo and outside noise. Audio could be a bit cleaner; my voice sounded a little fuzzy in the recordings, although it was still very easy to hear and understand. Again, this is a noticeable improvement over the audio my laptop recorded natively.
The Poly Studio P5 has the best sound quality we’ve tested, but it’s more than twice as expensive at $129.99. Of course, if you want the absolute best sound for video calling or any recording or streaming, you should get a dedicated USB microphone.
A good affordable webcam
Live creation! Cam Sync 1080p V2 is a solid webcam for the price. For $60, it delivers bright video and clear sound, easily better than what you get from an average laptop webcam. The Anker PowerConf C300, Poly Studio P5, and Razer Kiyo all capture top quality video, but all are significantly more expensive. The Poly Studio P5 remains our favorite overall, with excellent video quality and the best sound we’ve heard from a webcam. But again, for the price of the P5, you can buy two Live! Synchronization of cameras. So if you want a solid video chat upgrade without spending a lot of money, it’s easy to recommend the Creative Live! CamSync 1080p V2.
Creative Live! 1080p V2 Camera Sync
Live creation! Cam Sync 1080p V2 offers a nice upgrade in video call quality over your computer’s built-in webcam for just $60.
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