AVerMedia CAM 313 Review
I love technology – seeing new, interesting technology is definitely my jam. So, I was offered a shot to take a peek at the new AVerMedia webcam, the 313 CAM. It offers some features that I genuinely think are interesting, and while I am not in the demographic for this one, I like it! The ability to rotate the camera 360 degrees would work wonders for me; I have a fairly small desk, so my monitors are turned at a sort of weird angles. The ability to place it where I want and rotate it exactly where I need, that’s brilliant. Though it would also be a great camera for when I’m traveling, once I have a laptop again. So many laptops have mediocre (at best) webcams, and having something more reliable to plug in and record interviews/footage with? Now that’s great. This webcam does a lot of things right though, that I certainly feel are worth a look at.
This is a 1080p webcam, that records great 30fps footage. You can see the livestream linked with this review to see how it looks in a regular room’s light. It’s important to note that my normal webcam is a Razer Kyo, because of the built-in ring light. I used to run lights on this desk with another webcam, but it was causing me no end of stress because of how much light was shining directly in my eyes anytime I was recording/live streaming. You can adjust the settings to make it a bit brighter, but I don’t know if it’s a match for having an actual proper light. This webcam also has a really cool feature, the CamEngine plugin. This lets you use filters and aesthetic enhancements, which while I’m not a wild fan of, I see the appeal. For the purposes of this, I did play with the aesthetic settings a bit to “smooth” out my features a bit. You can also put effects over yourself like you can on Snapchat! If that’s one of the things you love, you’ll have a few neat options on that front.
The AVerMedia 313 CAM also features a pair of onboard mono mics, which as you can tell, sound pretty damn clear. This is another “not an upgrade for me”, but are great for starting livestreamers/vloggers, who don’t have a microphone on a boom arm, a mixer, et cetera. I have the microphone down to about 40~ or so, so I don’t peak. It picks up a lot of sounds though, so it’s without a doubt going to pick up every single click of your mechanical keyboard. I do like that it picks up a great deal of sound, but if you aren’t one of those people who soundproof/treat your room, it’s going to get “everything”. But I do like this webcam! It has a lot of really awesome features for people who want to get started, or desire an all-in-one set-up. One thing I noticed, I tried to set it up in OBS to deactivate when not visible, so I could swap scenes easily. However, that doesn’t work very well for some reason. The idea was to show off how it looks in a small window. I’m still going to do that in the embedded video, but it’s not as streamlined as I’d like.
Who is this for?
This camera isn’t going to replace someone’s high-end mic or expensive webcam/recording suite, but it IS a terrific webcam/mic for the price. It’s 79.99 so it’s certainly affordable, and if you’re looking for something to start with, or have the space for good ring lights, I think this is a great webcam for the value. It looked so clear and so clean when I wasn’t fussing with the settings, but it did default to looking very dark. I like the webcam a great deal, but for me personally, it’s not what I’m in the market for. I can see this being a great option for an up-and-coming streamer or someone who needs an option for on-the-go recording. It does have a slot for a tripod, which you can probably pick up for about ten bucks, and also having a privacy shutter is beautiful. More webcams probably could do with that. I’ll also include the specs below, for those who need to know that sort of thing. I do recommend the AVermedia CAM 313, it’s an amazing offering for the price point.
- Type: USB 2.0 FHD Webcam
- Image Sensor: 1/2.7” CMOS sensor, 2MP
- Video Mode: MJPEG and YUY2
- Focus Method (Lens Type): Fixed Focus
- F/NO: 2.0 mm
- UVC Support: Yes
- Cable Length: 1.5m (5 feet)
- Dimensions: 90 x 53 x 47 mm (3.54 x 2.08 x 1.85 in)
- Weight: 130g ± 5 g (4.6 oz ± 0.17 oz)
- Bundled Software: AVerMedia CamEngine and RECentral 4 included for additional effects
- MSRP: US$79.99
- Operating System: Windows 10/8.1/7 or above; Mac OS 10.6 or above
- USB: USB 2.0 port (for 1080p video recording)
- Operating Sytem: Windows 10/8.1/7 (SP1) or above
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-6500 3.10 GHz
- Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or above
- RAM: 4GB
- Live Streamer CAM 313 (model PW313)
- USB cable
- Quick guide
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