ANNKE 4K webcam (WX810) | Poc Network // Tech

Pretty much every major webcam company has pushed for 4K. It’s unclear what took them so long, allowing Logitech to hold on to the win for so long. However, recently we have come across a few that have worked very well. But what about some brands that you may not be familiar with? Like Anne? Annke now has a 4K webcam (model WX810) who has landed and also wants to secure some of that space.

It looks like most 4K models have taken a familiar rectangular design approach. Not all of them, but most of them for sure. This one is no different. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with the design and it generally looks pretty good on a monitor.

This model has a somewhat durable design, feeling heavy in your hand and solid in the build quality of the materials. It has USB 3.0 connectivity, which is necessary to achieve 4K resolution (like any true 4K model).

It comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable which is used to connect it to your computer or any device that accepts a USB camera. The latter thanks to the fact that it (like most modern models) is plug-n-play. This means there are no drivers to install to make it work.

The included stand (attached) allows for multiple pivot points so you can use it at any angle. It is also threaded on the bottom of the mount so it can attach to a tripod. So whatever the situation, it should be ready to go out of the box.

So far pretty user friendly and comes with everything you need (which isn’t much).

Performance

This is the important part where we then see what it is capable of in real-world testing. We’ve plugged this camera into several systems, including a few laptops as well as a PC fully loaded with OBS and other solutions. But most of the sample footage we captured was raw footage, straight out of the box, with no settings adjusted (apart from brightness). So you can see how it looks without any changes. The full demo is in the unboxing video below, right after the conclusion.

The camera is capable of up to [email protected] with a 91 degree field of view (FOV). It’s designed to deliver up to 0.7 seconds of autofocus response and comes with noise cancellation.

ANNKE 4K Webcam - Screenshot - Ready to use

So starting with 4K, which is the most important. You won’t find too many webcams capable of exceeding 30 frames per second. They exist, but they are few compared to the number of 4K options available. It was therefore not surprising to see that this was limited to 30 frames per second. Which allows it to compare closely to most of the options available.

The sensor, however, doesn’t quite compare to some of the $150-$200 models currently on the market. The picture looks a bit noisy and bright. The level of detail shows that it is indeed a 4K sensor, but it seems to be generic. Where some of the competition usually leans towards something like Sony’s Starvis sensors or comparable. So out of the box you will find yourself having to make adjustments.

By lowering the brightness a bit in whatever program you use to view/capture the webcam, you instantly start to see an improvement. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

ANNKE 4K Webcam - Screenshot

From here, you can further explore your settings. Many conferencing apps will have slide adjustments for the most common options, while others may have more than one automatic option to enhance the image with a single toggle switch. Then you have options like OBS that allow you to really dig into what the image looks like.

This is post-processing though and doesn’t help sell the camera, as you can do this with any camera powering these apps. For us, it’s what it naturally looks like out of the box that grabs the attention (or not).

The field of view (FOV) is very good at 91 degrees. As it has autofocus, you can choose to be near or far from the camera and it should do a good job of keeping you in focus. With these two features together, it’s just as easy to use as a camera for a meeting room as it is for someone sitting at a computer.

Having no more than 0.7 seconds of autofocus response time also helps. It seems to do a pretty good job of keeping you focused when on the move. We found focus performance in this model to be average to slightly above average. This is exactly the kind of autofocus you want if you plan on needing an autofocus-capable model.

As for noise cancellation, it does a good job with some distant noise. However, it doesn’t do much for the overall reflection/atmosphere of the room. Leading to some kind of thoughtful voice in most cases. We could hear the voice reflected in the room in the video below, and this room is somewhat processed to reduce that as there are all sorts of mics used in there (one of the rooms in a studio) .

Our conclusion

The durable design of this webcam looks and feels great. It’s plug-n-play and comes with the only cable it needs to work, plus a fantastic stand to get that perfect angle.

Image quality isn’t the best and neither is noise cancellation from its surroundings. However, the autofocus is excellent and the field of view is perfect. We could class this as an entry-level solution at just above an entry-level 4K solution. However, it ranks out of that category trying to compete with larger options. It’s normal for the MSRP to be $175, and it’s currently (at the time of this writing) on ​​sale for $150. However, even at the sale price, it doesn’t compete well.

For example, Nexigo offers two models (the N950P and the N970P) that both fall in the $150-$200 range, and both offer a better picture as well as a number of additional features.

This is where many companies fall into a hole. We know they’re proud of their product and think it’s a fantastic solution. However, a lot of research needs to be done to make sure it falls in the right price compared to what is out there. Unless, of course, it’s a big brand with an obsessed following that will stick with it no matter what (like Apple or Nike).

This is by no means a bad camera. It got a fair score from us for durability and design, while having good autofocus, FOV and adjustable mount. The image is ok after a few tweaks, but I just think this model would have done so much better with a better sensor inside. That, and if the price falls into a better category, that would drive the price up. However, at this price, we have to compare it to what’s out there to be fair.

Our assessment

6 / ten stars

Average price*
$175.99

*Average price is based on when this item was published

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