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HP monitor sports pop-up webcam with Center Stage-like tracking

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The webcam pops up and keeps you centered in the frame, a la Center Stage.
The webcam pops up and keeps you centered in the frame, a la Center Stage.
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A new report said HP plans to release a 1440p USB-C monitor with a built-in webcam that pops up and features tracking much like Apple’s Center Stage used in iPad models.

The display should serve professionals who want decent pixel density but don’t need the top-shelf visuals a graphics professional might.

HP Z24m G3 monitor will feature a pop-up camera with Center Stage-like tracking

A report in ArsTechnica surfaced the new HP Z24m G3 monitor, saying it appears to be identical to the HP Z24m model with the exception of the webcam. Its Center Stage-style tracking sets it apart from other HP monitors.

The new monitor could be a good choice for workers who don’t need the highest pixel resolution, either because they’re work doesn’t require it or because they use multiple displays.

At a 2560×1440 resolution, the 23.8-inch monitor features good pixel density at 123 pixels per inch. USB-C with the current max power delivery of 100W makes it a reasonable choice for MacBooks or Windows laptops.

The display’s 99% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color coverage should be sufficient for many users.

Center Stage-style tracking

Atop the panel sits a non-detachable 5 MP webcam. Its tracking follows a person in a shot and centers on them, much like Center Stage. It can keep a given person in the center of the frame, even if someone else enters it.

The monitor’s software allows you to adjust how fast the camera follows a subject, crop your image and use sliders to adjust brightness and exposure levels.

Apple first launched Center Stage in last year’s iPad Pro. The functionality uses the ultra-wide camera and machine learning to automatically pan as you move to keep you centered in the frame. Center Stage works with FaceTime and other videoconferencing apps.

Apple brought Center Stage to the Mac for the first time in the Studio Display. However, reviewers and users complained that the cropping was one of the reasons the webcam offered poor image quality. An initial and then subsequent software updates are helping.

HP’s new monitor should come out in July, but no pricing information is available yet, ArsTechnica said.