HD PTZ USB Camera Review

HD PTZ USB Camera Review

3/2/13: With only two (2) HD PTZ USB camera’s on the market today this review will be quite easy and all encompassing. Both VDO360 and Vaddio have amazing products to share with the industry and make Web-Based video conferencing even more productive and easy for everyone involved. Both camera makers are at the forefront of the industry producing extremely high quality USB products making them compatable with almost every operating system including: Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS X/Lion, and Linux. These cameras are plug and play with almost any CPU. 

So let’s talk about the major differences between the two cameras and below I will provide a feature comparison. First of all the price difference: $1,399 vs $4,400! The Vaddio ClearVIEW is 3x the price and holds this hefty price tag backed by a load of additional features. Most importantly I think the high-speed CMOS processor allowing for a continually in-focus picture even while Panning/Tilting. Other huge benefits include Camera Presets which can greatly increase the ease and speed of dynamic presentations. The camera optics and pixel quality is also better 1080p vs 720p. And finally VDO has come to market in early 2013 meaning they have yet to prove a track record with A/V integrators and IT professionals. VDO is scheduled to make a 2 new revisions to the camera before 2014, but will the new features come a increase in cost? Will the limited features today be enough to gain market traction?

The question for most people is how good is the VDO360 HDPTZ-01? Well this question was answered for me today after a Skype Video Conference call with the friendly support folks at VDO360. I have to say the quality was so clear, and we were so impressed at Haverford Systems that we immediately bought one for demo purposes. The price point was unbelievable for the quality and 720p is perfect for most of our customers using WebEX/GoToMeeting for corporate webinars and conferences. Feel free to give us a call on your preferred Video Conferencing System for a test call! 

Until next time,
Camera Feature Review:
VDO360 PTZHD-01Vaddio ClearVIEW HD
HD720p1080p
Lenslow-light CMOSHigh Speed CMOS
Pixels1600×12001.3 MegaPixel
Zoom12x19X
Video FormatsMJPG, 720p and lower1080p and lower
Pan/Tilt300 ° left to right300 ° left to right
Operating SystemsAny with USB 2.0Any with USB 2.0
RS232YesYes
USB22
Network Control / PortNoYes / IP Control Available
Camera PresetsNoYes 6
Video OutputsUSBUSB/VGA/Comp
Unique FeaturesUltra Small and AffordableUltra Clear and IP Control
Price$1,399$4,400