Logitech launches 4K huddle-room conference camera


Logitech’s MeetUp conference camera.

Logitech may still be best known for mice, keyboards and webcams, but over the past few years the company’s business group has steadily built a portfolio of PC-based video conferencing endpoints. These range from the £249.99 BCC950, designed for groups of up to 4 people, to the GROUP, which services meeting rooms with up to 20 people and starts at £999. In the middle, until now, has been the distinctively cylindrical Connect, a portable unit designed for ‘huddle rooms’ with a capacity of around 6 people and costing £449.99.

MeetUp measures 104mm by 400mm by 85m and weighs 1.04kg. It supports 4K Ultra HD video calling (up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels at 30fps).

The remote control unit is bundled with MeetUp.

The optional expansion mic allows MeetUp to handle meeting rooms with up to 8 people.

The MeetUp looks very different from its huddle-room stablemate, resembling a BRIO-style webcam on steroids rather an Amazon Echo. MeetUp’s key spec is its 4K UltraHD camera with 5x HD zoom, which has a 120-degree field of view (FoV) — by comparison, the Connect only offers full HD and a 90-degree FoV. MeetUp goes even further, supporting up to 175 degrees via its motorised pan/tilt mechanism, operated by the redesigned square remote control unit. MeetUp also offers enhanced audio, optimised for huddle-room-sized spaces, and three omnidirectional echo-cancelling, noise-reducing mics.

Another MeetUp differentiator is the availability of an optional £229 expansion mic, which extends the device’s range, allowing it to service meeting rooms with up to 8 people. Another (free) option is an app, available in July for Android and iOS devices, that turns your smartphone into a remote control.

As with other Logitech conference cameras, no software is supplied: instead, MeetUp is certified for Microsoft’s Skype for Business, is Cisco-compatible and integrates with Logitech Collaboration Program members.

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