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Poly Studio P5 webcam review – look and sound your best for your video meetings

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The Poly Studio P5 adds a new level of quality to your videos and audio for your video calls and meetings. It’s easy to set up so you’re up and running in minute but also protect your privacy with the camera shutter.

We’re no strangers to the odd video meeting and Zoom call in the last year since the start of the COVID pandemic and now you can enjoy even higher quality and convenience with the new Poly Studio P5 webcam.

The P5 professional webcam offers 1080p full high definition at 50hz or 60Hz with an 80-degree field of view so you’re always looking your best.

Onboard are impressive optics which has automatic low light compensation so you can enjoy excellent no matter where you have to make your video call or meeting.

There is also 4x zoom which makes it easier to frame yourself and your background.

And your audio is also covered thanks to the single directional microphone which focuses on your voice and is optimised for personal workspaces so you’ll sound as good as it looks.

The camera connect to a regular USB port – would have been nice if it was USB-C.

For us to use this camera on our MacBook Pro we needed a USB hub instead of being able connect it directly.

We needed a USB hub to connect the Poly Studio P5’s USB cable to the USB-C port on our MacBook

Once connected whatever video client you’re using – FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, WebEx – you can simply choose the Poly Studio P5 as your preferred camera and also do the same with the microphone (it has a built-in mic remember?).

For added security and peace of mind there is also a physical camera shutter which blocks the camera completely.

Users can buy the camera to use for themselves but there is an option to deploy these cameras for your staff and also manage all of them from the cloud with the Poly Lens software for easier collaboration and communication.

The Poly Studio P5 has a tripod screw is you remove the stand

The camera itself can be swivelled left and right for easier framing but there is no tilt up or down so you’ll have to adjust the laptop, your desktop computer or the Studio P5’s stand to make this fine adjustment.

But we also discovered that the stand actually comes off and it revealed a tripod screw mount which opens up the possibilities about placing the camera and positioning it correctly.

Camera shutter for added privacy

The Poly Studio P5 is available now and is priced at $259.

VERDICT

The Poly Studio P5 adds a new level of quality to your videos and audio for your video calls and meetings. It’s easy to set up so you’re up and running in minute but also protect your privacy with the camera shutter.