If you have a MacBookone thing is for sure: your webcam is very bad. Sure, it’s a working camera at 720p – but it’s noisy, looks flat, and lacks depth-sensing technology. Although Apple can get dressed Thanks to the Full HD webcam, this laptop we expect to see later this year will not solve your pixelated look at Zoom meetings right now.
The 720p webcam is the same entry-level camera type that the company has been putting in laptops for years, and. Many Windows laptops are not much better, many have similar resolutions below 1080p, but at least some have better photosensitivity, color accuracy, or depth detection for facial recognition login.
So what are we going to do about it?
There is at least a reasonable chance that you are broadcasting to a video meeting online withor something similar. It means you don’t look your best. Especially on a smaller, low-slung laptop like the Air, the camera won’t be at the optimal angle if it’s lying on your desk or kitchen table, pointing at you.
One option is to use your phone’s camera. A front or rear camera will be better than any laptop you have. For TV appearances from my home office, I used a phone mounted on a tripod clip at eye level. I also used EpocCam software by Elgatowhich works on my phone and allows me to use the phone as a 1080p wireless camera for my MacBook. The Pro version costs a few dollars and won’t work in all scenarios, but it’s worth it if you’re using a compatible app like Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
You can too. But if you’d rather not go to the hassle, here’s how to get the most out of your webcam.
Pick up the laptop
If your laptop is close to a good ergonomic position for your hands then this is not the best place to meet Zoom. Get some big books. Get giant boxes of board games. Support that sucker. Use large books for the coffee table or something similar so as not to wobble so much. Do not use empty cardboard boxes.
Where should the camera be aimed? Place it just above eye level.
Good lighting heals (most) diseases
The footage from the MacBook Air webcam looks especially bad in low light conditions. Lots of other laptop webcams are like that too. This is why film and TV sets as well as professional photography are flooded with gigantic lights. You don’t need all of this, but a good source of natural sunlight is an easy and affordable way to dramatically improve your webcam shot. Stand facing the window, do not turn your back on it. You want the camera to see light from the window, not the window itself.
If natural light isn’t available, don’t spend tons on fancy lighting. Thisand includes an 8 inch ring light, a mounting stand and a phone clip. Lots of people at topwatchbest use this setup or something similar to work remotely.
Meet Mac computers with a better webcam
Both the MacBook Air and most MacBook Pro computers have a 720p webcam. Butand have excellent 1080p cameras, along with . Previously, this could only be found in the withdrawn ones and .
My friendincluding some good suggestions for headset microphones – although a phone headset or AirPods headphones should be enough for anything other than the CNN live hit.