The Creative Live Cam Sync 1080p V2 is more than your garden variety webcam. It has a Windows app that can adjust voice detection, noise cancellation levels and more. It is also a bright webcam at f/2.4 aperture, so you can use it in lower light.
During the COVID crisis, webcams have become as scarce as hen’s teeth, and it has been a matter of buying what you can get. Generally, most sub $100 webcams have low resolution, low frame rates and high video noise levels in lower light. This is true [email protected] (frames per second), 77° FOV, with a proper 4-element lens and a dual mic array.
Creative Australia currently has stock – be quick. It is a very reasonable $89.95 (on sale at $69.95 right now, 3/8/21)
Nicely symmetrical, small black rectangle with a centre lens and dual-mic array behind a grill. The mount is a typical friction type for over the monitor, and it has a standard tripod socket.
It has a 1.8m black USB-A cord and draws 5V/.5A, so it will work with USB2.0 or later. There is a privacy door that snaps over the lens as well.
More surprising is the price. It is not a lot of money for what it offers – a major step up from cheap 720p generic webcams and a smaller step down from the professional class cams from Logitech and Poly.
What is it like?
Now that you know its place in the market, you should know what to expect. In short better, crisper, images and voice.
It certainly has a bright picture and loud and clear sound. In comparisons with the Logitech Brio ([email protected]), Logitech Stream (2.1MP [email protected]), Surface Pro 7 (3.7MP 2560 x [email protected]) and the Creative Live (2.1MP [email protected]), it produced quite an acceptable image – perhaps a little overblown and not entirely accurate colours.
Sound-wise, callers found the Logitech Brio the best, followed by the Stream, Creative Life and the Surface Pro 7.
So, it is in well-respected company for a lower price.
All necessary ‘auto’ app settings are on the device, out-of-the-box. We played with sound settings and found that the two most useful were
Mic Mute Delay to automatically unmute the mic – suitable for smaller video conference meetings
Noise clean-out is perfect for removing background noise like an air conditioner
Surprisingly there were no video settings. I hope Creative takes note – Logitech’s ability to change gamma, white balance, depth of field, ‘beautification filters’, and more are useful. But hey – what can you expect from this value device.
Just lining up four webcams to review this gave me a better idea of just how bad a generic camera is.
This is not the best, but it’s a very long way from the worst. At the price, it’s a ripper. The Poly Studio P5 is a worthy contender, but at $200, you would need to do a lot of video conferences. Given 8/10 is a creditable pass we add extra points for value.
Creative Live Cam Sync 1080p V2
The Creative Live Cam Sync 1080p V2 is a ripper of a webcam for both its performance and price
Value for money
Ease of use
A significant step up from a generic webcam
Extremely good value for the features
Colours are not quite accurate