The global pandemic has affected global trade significantly, causing product shortages for everything from toilet paper (sigh) to webcams. Fortunately, the toilet paper craze only lasted a month or two, and webcams have principally return to pre-pandemic prices. Microsoft released a new webcam earlier this year, alongside the Surface Laptop 4, and you can now buy it for $ 42 from the company’s online store. That’s a $ 28 discount from the original price.
Microsoft’s modern webcam supports 1080p video output at 30 FPS (no 60 FPS mode, unfortunately), with a 78 ° field of view. Like most other webcams, it can be positioned on a monitor or on a standard camera tripod mount. There’s also a built-in privacy shutter to turn video on or off, as well as a built-in microphone. Microsoft has a one-year limited hardware warranty
- This 1080p webcam will do the job for meetings, streaming, and anything else you might need a webcam for.
There are a few videos on YouTube showing sample videos of Microsoft’s modern webcam, like the one by Aldo James comparing it to the Surface Laptop 3’s built-in camera. Another video shows how you can change the webcam settings to from Microsoft’s Accessory Center app, similar to the software you would get on most Logitech and Razer webcams.
The only problem with Microsoft’s modern webcam is that it uses a wired USB Type-A cable, so plugging it into some laptops may require a USB Type-C adapter. It would have been great to see a replaceable cable that could switch between different connectors, but that’s unfortunately not too common with webcams in the first place, unfortunately.