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13 Webcams Reviewed

Philips SPC 1300NC

This is a straight-laced webcam with a light plastic body and a base that can be attached to most screens except laptops.  Its video sensor is different from the SPC 620NC and changes from 0.3 MP to a wide angle 1.3 MP.  However, before starting tests, we could already spot a downside; there is no autofocus! So unless you have very long arms, it will be difficult to properly adjust.

Image quality

Rendering in a well lit room is very good.  The image is reactive, quality is satisfactory and contrary to the majority of webcams, the SPC 1300NC does not saturate in black colors although there is a slight red dominance.  In a poorly lit room, our praise for this product came to an end.  The image rate drops off, which causes a very significant loss in image quality particularly due to a lack of fluidity.  In addition, there is a more noticeable color dominance which changes from red to blue.   Another small dampener on our enthusiasm involved the wide angle sensor.  Like on all webcams that have this type of sensor, it has the tendency to deform the image.  Nevertheless, it is of interest for those office setups which have very little room behind the chair.

Autofocus and face tracking

It’s indispensable to have an autofocus on this type of peripheral; however, with all of Philips’ new webcams, focus is manual! On the other hand, the automatic face tracking functions well.

Video effects

Another characteristic of Philips, the SPC 1300NC offers the option of adding video effects such as a screen background or even personalized logo.

Philips SPC 1300NC
  • Daytime rendering
  • Detailed image
  • No autofocus
  • Night-time rendering
  • Wobbly on a laptop
  • This webcam, intended to be in the high end, lacks quite a bit of quality compared to its main rivals. Our biggest problems are the lack of autofocus and rather mediocre rendering in low light conditions.