The Lenovo 500 FHD webcam is designed for desktop LCD monitors. MSRP is $69.99.
- USB 2.0 Type-A to Type-C Cable (1.8m) – Original Box
- Enjoy pixel-perfect high definition FHD 1080P video
- Effortless automatic login with facial recognition technology
- Supports Hello 4.0
- MJPEG YUY2
- Plug-and-play USB connectivity for easy setup
- Capture everything with wide view 75 Degree lenses plus 360 Degree pan/tilt controls
- No microphone so an external one will be required
Lenovo is a trusted brand, the 500FHD offers 1080p support for Zoom calls and Microsoft Teams chats. It uses a USB-C connector, too. The lack of a microphone is a real shortcoming but Bluetooth headphones are widely used with teleconferencing.
The camera is fixed focus with 75° field of view which is par for webcams generally. The main feature is to logon to Windows using facial recognition. Recognition time can take several seconds before Windows will logon.
The mount has a tripod mount so it can be placed on a desktop tripod or boom if desired, With full 1920×1080 it can do more than basic corporate functions such as live streaming on Twitch, Facebook or Youtube.
Lenovo supplies a USB-C to USB-A cable but with a USB-C cable the Lenovo 500 FHD can be used with modern machines. USB-C cables are now widely available.
The weight of the Lenovo Lenovo 500 FHD webcam is dramatically lower than the Xbox Kinect so it is a lot easier to deploy. The Kinect has a microphone but the Lenovo lacks such a feature. Many studios use boom microphones which have much better fidelity sound.
Windows Hello depends on depth perception which is based on IR light. Mobile has been a proving ground for personal identification with PIN, finger readers and facial recognition. Windows is still far behind the curve.