AUKEY FHD Webcam review

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REVIEW – Social distancing has forced many of us to take meetings into the virtual space. And if you’re still rocking the sad, grainy camera embedded in your laptop, you might need to get your hands on a worthy upgrade, such as the AUKEY FHD Webcam.

What is it?

The AUKEY FHD Webcam is a USB connected, 1080p full HD video webcam with plug-and-play functionality. It can be either clipped to flat screens such as laptops or placed on a flat surface for the perfect angle.

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Hardware specs

  • 1080p 2-megapixel webcam
  • 1/2.9” CMOS image sensor
  • 65º viewing angle
  • built-in stereo microphones
  • streaming and recording at 30fps
  • fixed focus up to five meters away
  • no drivers or software

Design and features

In the past six or seven months, I’ve had to get very comfortable in front of a webcam, as I’m sure many of us have, to both stay safe and continue interacting with our coworkers. And I hadn’t given much thought to using anything other than the webcam that came embedded in the bezel of my MacBook Pro. Boy, was that a mistake.

I have the luxury of only needing to videoconference with my colleagues, so having the best video quality on these calls wasn’t a priority. But when I saw the difference between the default camera and the AUKEY FHD webcam, well, there’s just no going back.

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The hinged clip has a rubber surface on the inside, allowing for a secure connection to a laptop or monitor bezel.

AUKEY’s affordable FHD webcam couldn’t be easier to use. You simply plug it into a standard USB port, point it at your face, and you’re all set. You may have to make some adjustments to the lighting in your room, making it brighter or less so, and select your webcam from the settings in your video chat application. I was up and running in a few moments.

You can see below the difference between the MacBook Pro’s camera and AUKEY’s. I’m not sure if that’s a praise for AUKEY or an indictment of how Apple sometimes cuts corners with their products, but the comparison is stark.

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The view from a $1,500 computer. Yikes.
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And the AUKEY FHD image quality. Much clearer.

Check out the video below to see, first, the MacBook’s camera, and then the FHD. I can’t believe this is how people were seeing me for months.

The FHD webcam is probably twice the resolution, full 1080p at 30 frames per second, and has a sizable focus zone so your face remains sharp and clear. I like the hinged clamp design. You can clip the camera onto a thin bezel, or stand it up on a flat surface and point it in any direction.

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Multiple angles, put it anywhere and point it at your face.

There are twin stereo, front-facing microphones on the FHD, but given how close they are together, I’m not sure that improves the voice quality. I think it does a fine job picking up voices.

Really, the one knock I have against this webcam is that it doesn’t have any way to adjust the picture settings, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance. You sort of get what you get. As I mentioned earlier, my initial picture quality was overexposed, a little too blue, and the colors weren’t very saturated.

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The FHD camera right out of the box. Maybe it was confused from the overhead lighting in my dining room.

After downloading a small app specifically meant to fine-tune webcam image settings, I was able to get a very nice picture out of the camera.

The AUKEY FHD is a fine upgrade to your video conferencing setup. We’re going to have to rely on Zoom, Teams, Hangouts, or whatever you’re using for a while to come, so you might as well give your clients, friends, and coworkers something nice to look at.

What I like

  • Plug and play
  • A sizable upgrade to built-in laptop webcams
  • Versatile clamp/stand can be used

What needs to be improved

  • No software to adjust brightness, exposure, or saturation

Final thoughts

There’s no need to rely on that outdated 720p webcam that shipped with your laptop or monitor. The AUKEY FHD will help you look your best with those Zoom calls with clients and colleagues without breaking the bank. My only caveat is that you might need to look into a webcam utility to get the right image settings.

Price: $49.99
Where to buy: Amazon.
Source: The sample of this product was provided by AUKEY.

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  2. Also lacks settings controls for Windows, and looks flat and green without using Skype’s camera settings to adjust (a painfully bad interface that isn’t live interactive. The view is way too wide, and the hinge points are too loose and don’t hold position well. I have a Logitech webcam that developed a bad pixel – creating a horizontal black line and vertical white one that intersect at the pixel. The Aukey looks like the Logitech, but is inferior in every way… except, at the moment, for the dead pixel.

    1. Of course, the counterpart looks like Logitech but the other accessories from AUKEY that I use with my MacBook works like a charm. Don’t know what’s wrong with this Webcam, hope they improve this.

  3. Hello Jacob, really useful review. It turns out the app you used to change image settings is Mac-only. Could you recommend an equivalent for Windows? The image on my newly arrived Aukey webcam in yellow night light is very sepia-like. Almost no color.. Very frustrating in this form. Looking to adjust image, white balance mainly.

    1. A really good app to adjust settings for the webcam on Windows are actually either OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS, both do virtually the same thing. There’s tons of videos about it on YouTube, you can adjust white balance, exposure, contrast, and I think gamma through the app. Just search the webcam up on YouTube and there are tons of people who show how to do just that.

  4. Hello Jacob,
    Very informative review. I have just bought one of these webcams for similar use. Do you know of a similar app that will allow similar tweaks in Win 10?

    1. I’d imagine there are more options for you than on my Mac, but maybe the Logitech Webcam app would work well enough, even with a non-Logi cam. I believe Windows 10 Camera app also may have some basic controls to help get a better picture.

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