In the digitalized, modern world of today, webcams are considered a crucial device for conducting video conference and online meetings. But more importantly, after the outbreak of COVID-19 and cities going under lockdown, even students and teachers have had to invest in webcams.
When classes are conducted online, webcams become significantly important for students and teachers to establish meaningful communications. Similarly, professionals working from home need an appropriate webcam for desktop computers to stay active and focused during their online meetings and collaborate with co-workers.
While there are tons of high-quality professional webcams with microphone from the biggest brands available in the market, not all people want to spend hundreds of dollars on the absolute best webcam for their PC.
For instance, at approximately AED 700, Logitech Brio is considered one of the best professional webcams, particularly for business executives and game streamers. For individuals and corporations looking for a professional webcam for video conferencing, an option like the Logitech Rally Bar will be much more appropriate. In fact, they might even spend some time investigating the various features of webcams before making their purchase.
However, many people may not feel it is necessary to invest that much time and money in a webcam. In this article, we will introduce three budget friendly Rapoo webcams for students and professionals.
The first model we would like to introduce is Rapoo C280, one of the best Rapoo webcams on the market. C280 is a 1080p webcam that supports a resolution up to 2560×1440 and a maximum frame rate of 30. The camera lens is five-layer coated, which greatly enhances light transmittance, improves picture quality, and delivers true colors. This Rapoo webcam produces sharp, clear, and detailed images, even in low light environments.
Additionally, Rapoo C280 features quick autofocus, 85° wide angle, a built-in microphone, camera privacy protection cover, and more. You can even rotate it 360° horizontally and adjust the upper and lower viewing angles to reach your preferred angle and frame.
With a camera privacy protection cover, Rapoo C280 is a safe option and protects your privacy. All you need to do is flip down the protective cover down to cover your camera whenever you are not using it. Speaking of protection, there is also a protective magnetic ring on the wire at the back of the device that reduces signal interference.
Moving on, the built-in microphone in the Rapoo C280 webcam features high-sensitivity omnidirectional dual noise reduction, which results in smoother and clearer sounds in meetings and conversations. The microphone can receive your voice in up to 3 meters of distance.
Rapoo C280 also comes with an adjustable silicone base. You can place the base on various sizes of monitors and screens, making it a very suitable webcam for laptops. The best part about this base is that the silicon material has a non-slip design and prevents the webcam from sliding, and thus potentially damaging your monitor by scratching it.
Rapoo C280 is compatible with Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Chrome OS, and Android 5.0 or higher. It’s a plug-and-play device, so no additional software or driver is required to start using it. Some of the most popular software applications that work with this webcam are Skype, ZOOM, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and much more.
Note that some applications, such as WeChat, will automatically compress the pixel resolution of various camera devices such as this one, so expect a lower resolution than what you are used to if you use such applications with this webcam. You can currently purchase the Rapoo C280 webcam for AED 295.
The next model is Rapoo C200, which is probably the best budget friendly webcam on this list if your concern is price. Rapoo C200 is a 720p webcam that delivers acceptable picture quality, clear and subtle images, and more at the resolution of 1280×720 with 30 frame rates per second.
Rapoo C200 offers a super wide–angel camera with a 360° horizontal lens rotation. So, just like the previous model, you can easily adjust the upper and lower viewing angles of the webcam to reach your preferred angle and frame.
Additionally, this webcam comes with a built-in omnidirectional dual microphone, noise reduction, and an adjustable universal clip base. Using the clip, you can easily base the webcam on your laptop, computer, and any other screen.
The most notable difference between Rapoo C200 and C280 is the resolution at which they record. C200 has a 720p camera, whereas C280 offers up to 2560×1440 pixel counts. And naturally, C200 is sold at a lower price, making it much more affordable.
The operating systems supported by Rapoo C200 are Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher, and Chrome OS. This model is also a plug–and–play webcam, which means no drivers or complicated installations are needed.
You can expect this Rapoo webcam to work just fine with popular apps such as Skype, Zoom, Facetime, Google, Hangouts, and more at 720p resolution. Rapoo C200 costs approximately AED 100.
The last model we want to introduce in this article is Rapoo C620, a model that is more affordable than C280 but a step up from C200 because it is a web camera that offers full HD (1080p) resolution at 30fps. Just like the two previous models, Rapoo C260 also features a wide-angle lens, 360° horizontal rotation, a built-in omnidirectional microphone with noise reduction, an adjustable clip base, and more.
The most notable difference between C260 and C280 is that the maximum resolution C260 delivers is 1080p, while the C280’s resolution varies in different software apps and maxes out at 2560x1440p. Furthermore, C260 offers a 95° super wide-angle lens, which is wider in comparison to C280’s 85° lens.
Rapoo C260 is also compatible with Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher, and Chrome OS. Thanks to the webcam’s plug–and–play capability, you do not need any driver or firmware update to use C260, just like C280 and C200.
You can easily use Rapoo C260 with popular apps such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Face Time, QQ, WeiXin, and more. This Rapoo webcam is currently priced at around AED 250.
The three webcams we introduced are some of the best models among Rapoo’s budget-friendly webcams and can deliver acceptable audio and video qualities, especially considering their prices.
We consider the C260 to be the best webcam for online students as it is not as pricey as the C280 but offers quite great features that are above the basic offerings of the C200.