New Dell UltraSharp Webcam takes a page from iPad Pro’s book


Dell's new UltraSharp 4K webcam features AI auto framing.
Dell's new UltraSharp 4K webcam features AI auto framing.
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Dell’s slick new UltraSharp Webcam takes a page out of the 2021 iPad Pro’s book with a Center Stage-like advanced AI auto-framing feature. It keeps the subject — most likely your face, on a video call — centered in the frame and in focus, even if you move around a lot.

The new Dell 4K webcam isn’t cheap, you may notice. But for the $199.99 price tag, you get some nice features.

Dell UltraSharp Webcam is advanced but easy to use

The new Dell webcam is designed for easy setup, with plug-and-play features. It attaches to its monitor mount magnetically. The mount keep the camera well above the top edge of your monitor.

The 4K High Dynamic Range webcam uses an 8.3 megapixel 4K Sony Starvis CMOS sensor to capture light and deliver clear video and images. It can record or stream at 30/24 frames per second (FPS) or 1080p at 24/30/60 FPS.

The cam’s Digital Overlap functionality is designed to achieve true-to-life color in extreme lighting environments. 3D/2D video noise reduction automatically eliminates motion blur and grainy images, even in low light.

Ready for your closeup? No? OK.

You can easily adjust the camera’s field-of-view to three settings: 65 degrees (closeup), 78 degrees or, for a wide shot, 90 degrees. Automatic light correction and autofocus will also help you look your best on those video calls. That is, without having to turn your workstation into a photography studio.

The webcam works without drivers on both macOS and Windows 10. However, some features can only be accessed through Dell’s Peripheral Manager software.

No built-in mic

The webcam comes with two mounts (desk clamp and tripod), USB-C and USB-A cables, a lens cover and software, but no built-in microphone or one included as an accessory. (See all the specs.)

So, if you want better audio quality than your computer can muster, pair the webcam with a microphone. Many USB mics exist. We see them in Cult of Mac Setups coverage all the time, from makers like Blue Yeti, Razer and Rode. If you shop around, you won’t have to spend much and your new gadget will outperform most computer mics.

Price: $199.99

Buy from: Dell


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