Five Windows Hello webcams you can buy right now – PC World

Five Windows Hello webcams you can buy right now – PC World

Specialized webcams that support Windows Hello are still,
surprisingly, rare. Microsoft’s secure-login system using fingerprint, biometric,
and facial recognition technology is, after all, a unique
feature of Windows 10 and Windows 11. It makes sense users would
want to pair a desktop PC or older laptop with a Windows
Hello-compatible camera in order to get its convenient security
benefits.

You might think that Microsoft’s just-announced Modern Webcam would
be an option, but, alas, it offers no Windows Hello support! That
omission is even weirder given that Microsoft’s Windows 10 21H1 release prioritizes external,
Windows Hello-enabled webcams over the integrated laptop camera. It
seems like Microsoft missed an opportunity that other camera
vendors snapped up. That’s fine! There’s surprisingly plenty of
Windows Hello webcams to choose from, most with 1080p resolution or
even better.

Webcams that support Windows Hello include more than just an
optical sensor. They also have an infrared depth camera that maps
out the contours of your face. (You need to train a Windows Hello
camera to recognize you by looking into its sensor a time or two.)
This limits the number of webcams that support Windows Hello
considerably, but there are still enough that you have options.
Below, we’ve listed four that we recommend.

See our 1080p webcam buyer’s guide for recommendations
of cameras without Windows Hello support.

If you haven’t tried Windows Hello, you should. Your PC will
recognize you, just like a person.

Lenovo 500 FHD Webcam:
$39.99

Lenovo’s 500 FHD webcam ranks at the top of our list of Windows
Hello webcams for your PC, and here’s why: Lenovo is a trusted
brand, the 500FHD offers 1080p support for Zoom calls and Microsoft
Teams chats, there’s a privacy shutter, and it’s currently
on sale. (The MSRP is $69.99). About the only drawback is that it
only clips to your PC, and can’t be mounted on a tripod. It uses a
USB-C connector, too.

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, though there have been complaints of
quality issues.

Dell UltraSharp Webcam
(WB7022)

Dell’s
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webcam is unusual in that it’s one of a
small but growing number of 4K webcams designed either for
streaming video or for those who simply desire to look one’s best
in a videoconferencing call.

It offers a ton of features: HDR, auto-focusing, digital zoom
(up to 5X), framing, brightness, saturation, and more. Unusually,
the WB7022 is neither fixed-focus, nor does it offer a fixed field
of view (FOV). Dell’s AI framing crops the image to keep your face
centered, and you have the option of configuring the field of view
from 90 degrees, 78 degrees, and down to a narrow 65 degrees. Dell
applies HDR, temporal, and spatial noise reduction to help you look
your best.

There’s no mic (Dell uses your laptop instead) and a magnetic
privacy shutter that clips on. See our story on Dell’s WB7022.

Logitech Brio Ultra
HD Webcam: $171.50

Logitech’s Brio still ranks highly among premium webcams,
primarily because it’s one of the few autofocusing webcams that
captures in 4K resolution. Windows Hello comes along for the ride.
The Brio includes a ton of features to make you look great, and its
Windows Hello support will log you in in a snap. The MSRP is
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. That is, when this popular camera
isn’t sold out.

For many, Logitech’s Brio Ultra HD will be overkill. But a
legion of devoted fans also considers it to be the gold standard
for PC webcams, with or without Windows Hello.

Kaysuda
CA20 Face Recognition USB IR Camera: $69.99

Kaysuda’s CA20
is a 1080p upgrade from its 720p webcam that offered similar
features. As users note, however, the image quality isn’t as high
as some had hoped for, especially with Windows Hello-less 1080p
webcams already out there. The camera does seem to work well
recognizing users though, and includes a pair of omnidirectional
mics for improving Zoom and Teams calls.

According to Kaysuda, the CA20 comes with a privacy switch.
While the camera doesn’t include its own tripod, it does come with
a tripod thread so that you can add your own. The handy laptop clip
should serve, otherwise.

MouseComputer Facial Recognition Webcam: $69.99

Not the greatest brand name, certainly. This 720p
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ranks highly on Amazon, though users
have complained that you’ll need to make sure Windows is up to date
and that your webcam is directly plugged into your laptop.
(It’s possible that the Windows 10 21H1 Update feature listed above
was specifically designed to address this.) The webcam clips
directly onto your laptop or monitor. There’s no privacy shutter,
unfortunately.

This story was updated on Nov. 23 to provide more shopping
links and additional details.

Source: https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/693356/five-windows-hello-webcams-can-buy-right-now/