This week, many VIPKid teachers received an email explaining that the quality of their camera was not sufficient, and they were given thirty days to upgrade their camera.
While I understand that this can be frustrating, especially if your video looks good from your perspective, I wanted to share my experience when I added a new external web cam.
What cameras are recommended:
According to the VIPKid, email that has been sent out, they recommend one of the following:
- Logitech HD Webcam C270
- Logitech HD C310
- Logitech C615 Full HD 1080p
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
- Logitech HD Webcam C525
- Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam
- Logitech Webcam C930e
- Logitech Webcam Pro 9000
- Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD Webcam
- Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 HD Webcam
- Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD Webcam
What are the benefits of an external webcam?
The most surprising benefit to me was the impact the camera had on my lighting. Even without making any changes to the light at all, my face and my classroom appeared much brighter on camera!
I also noticed a difference with sharpness, especially with items in my background. Numbers and letters were much more readable when I used my external camera.
Another benefit I realized a few months later was that I could download the free Logitech software and also take better still-frame photos and record better YouTube videos as well! The software (which I don’t use in the classroom) includes tilt, zoom, and other fun features.
What difference does it make, really?
Well, since a picture is worth 1,000 words, see for yourself! The big reveal is at around 1:45 (spoiler alert!)
If you need to upgrade your camera, I suggest checking for black Friday/cyber Monday sales (or Amazon Prime Day, like I did) but here’s an affiliate link if you would rather point and click than shop around:
I know that it’s never fun to learn you have to spend money on something extra; however, I’d like you to think about it from your students’ perspective. They only see you in that tiny little window. Don’t you want to be as clear as possible for them to see?
Hopefully, if you find yourself in the market for a webcam, this will be helpful and make you feel a little bit better about the investment.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments!