- Plug and play setup
- Lengthy USB cable
- Easy-to-use software
- Dual noise-canceling mics
- Auto light correction flicker in bright light
- Electronic privacy requires further tilting
While laptops often come with a built-in camera, they’re usually not the highest quality. That’s where external webcams, like the eMeet C970 Webcam, work well to replace lower-quality cameras or add a quick camera to your desktop monitor. I recently had the pleasure of testing the eMeet C970 Webcam to see how well it performs.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by eMeet. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence even when a post is sponsored.
Overview of Features
There are two features that make a webcam stand out from the competition: video quality and ease of use. The eMeet C970 Webcam is designed to meet both of those needs.
The plug-and-play installation gets you up and running in seconds. While you can download the eMeetLink software to manage settings and update firmware, this isn’t a necessity to get started.
The 1080p HD webcam features 60 fps. You can also drop the resolution all the way to 480, depending on your needs. You’ll need the software to make these adjustments, though it’s free and compatible with Windows and macOS.
Auto-light correction automatically corrects lighting in the frame to prevent anything from being too dark or light. Plus, it adjusts in low-light levels so you can still be seen without distortion.
You can use the webcam by clipping it to a laptop or monitor, sitting it flat on a desk, or attaching it to a tripod (not included). It’s also compatible with most any video conferencing software, game platforms, and browsers.
While it doesn’t have a privacy cover, it automatically turns off when tilted at a particular angle. This allows you to turn off the mic and camera quickly and easily.
When it comes to making calls, the dual noise reduction mics ensure whoever you’re speaking with hears you versus everything else going on around you. This leads to better overall call quality.
In the Box
The eMeet C970 Webcam doesn’t require anything other than the webcam itself and the USB cable attached to it. While tripods are supported, one isn’t included. Outside of the webcam, there’s also a simple manual that points out the eMeet Link software. To be honest, I was just impressed that the packaging itself was so compact.
I started by clipping the eMeet C970 Webcam to the top of my laptop screen. The rubberized grip keeps it from slipping and holds it in place surprisingly well, even when tilting the webcam. I still recommend holding onto the base/clip when adjusting just to make sure the webcam doesn’t suddenly fall.
Without installing anything, I connected the USB cable to an available port, and within seconds, the camera was ready to go. I immediately tested it using Windows 11’s camera app just to ensure it was recognized. I did have to switch which camera I wanted to use since the built-in webcam was the default.
All in all, I was ready to use the webcam within a few minutes at most. As a quick side note, the USB cable is long enough to easily reach from a desktop monitor to an under-the-desk tower.
I decided to also check out the suggested software. I highly recommend downloading it just to keep up with any firmware updates. Plus, if you want to adjust the brightness, frame rate, resolution, and even try other filters (such as black and white), it’s a handy app to have.
Using the eMeet C970 Webcam
Bringing up the webcam in my Windows camera app and the eMeet Link app gave me an idea of how the video itself looked but didn’t help me test the mics or see what others thought about the video quality.
I tested the webcam on Zoom, Skype, and Google Duo. These are the apps I use most often myself. One thing I noticed immediately is that the video quality was far superior to my built-in webcam. The eMeet C970 Webcam eliminated the grainy video I usually deal with. Plus, the video was much smoother overall.
My favorite feature, though, is the dual noise-reduction mics. I like to walk around when I talk, especially during a longer meeting. Typically, this also means the mic picks up my footsteps, my TV playing in the background, cats choosing that very moment to run around making noise, and any and everything around me.
eMeet’s mics muffled most of the sound around me. Outside of a cat running across my keyboard, I had a nice, quiet conversation. Even the sound of my footsteps disappeared, yet my voice could be heard clearly. There wasn’t any kind of feedback and only a fraction of a second delay.
I did discover a slight issue with the auto-light correction. If you’re sitting in a really bright light, the video tends to adjust between bright and warmer, creating a flicker effect. When I got still, the adjustment stopped. It also helped when I sat further away from the light itself. If you can’t avoid sitting directly under an ultra bright or fluorescent light, dropping the resolution to 720 eliminated my issue.
However, when I only had the light from my laptop screen, the webcam still did amazing and picked up my face with no issues. Honestly, it looked nearly the same as when the lights were on, but just slightly darker overall.
During my review, the people I video chatted with noticed a significant difference in how the video looked and how clear my voice was. The final test involved the electronic privacy feature.
While personally, I prefer a physical privacy screen, I know this can be inconvenient, and the screen can break over time. eMeet chose an electronic privacy option instead. While the directions state that you only need to tilt the webcam back 10 degrees to turn off the mic and camera, I had to tilt mine 45 degrees before anything turned off.
The active light stayed on, and the eMeet Link software showed both the mic and camera as active until I tilted it to 45 degrees.
The eMeet C970 Webcam offers everything you might want in a daily use webcam for video chatting/conferencing, playing games online, or even doing a webcast. The only issues I ran into were flickering of auto light correction and a need to tilt the webcam further to turn it off.
Overall, I was very pleased with the video quality and the mic performance. The mics alone make it a reliable and professional webcam for video conferencing.
Plus, it’s an affordable addition to any computer at just $49.99. You can try the eMeet C970 Webcam yourself for an additional 30% off if you clip the Amazon coupon, making it just $34.99.
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