Anyone who was in the situation to buy a webcam in 2020 will probably have noticed that the market went completely crazy.
Due to Corona, the demand for webcams was significantly higher than the supply and the warehouses were empty accordingly quickly. This meant that products from brand manufacturers quickly went out of stock and were only available at moon prices on platforms like eBay.
If a webcam was needed for work from the home office or for contact with loved ones, however, people paid the completely overpriced prices or switched to models from unknown manufacturers – with sometimes sobering experiences.
The assumption that price sensitivity for webcams has dropped a good deal in 2020 cannot be dismissed out of hand. Anyone who spends over 100 euros on a webcam that is used for meetings from the home office will probably be much less shocked if someone invests over 200 euros for a webcam that is used (semi-)professionally.
AVerMedia enters this very niche with the PW513. A webcam for content creators with high demands, a larger community or those who want to operate at this level in the future. The following test shows whether AVerMedia succeeds in this with the 250 euro webcam.
|Image sensor||Sony© Exmor RTM 4K CMOS|
|Image resolution||8 MP|
|Max. Video resolution||3840*2160 @ 30 fps, 1920 * 1080 @ 60 fps|
|Focal length||f 2.8|
|Field of view||94 degrees (diagonal)|
|Dimensions (without bracket, WxDxH)||130 x 52.6 x 29 mm (without base)|
|Minimum distance||10 cm|
|Scope of supply||Live Streamer CAM 513
USB 3.0 Type C to Type A cable
Quick Start Guide
Opulent in features and size
Upon unboxing, it is unmistakable that the PW513 is different from many other webcams.
The dimensions and weight, for example, are considerably more than one is used to. However, this doesn’t make the Streamer Cam look clunky at all – it rather makes a high-quality impression and conveys a feeling of professionalism. The large optics on the front are striking, as is the very robust base, which is permanently mounted. The PW513 can be adjusted horizontally and vertically. The cam sits bombproof, doesn’t wobble or slip and looks quite prominent on the monitor.
Furthermore, the cam has a privacy shutter, which is a bracket that can be flipped to block the lens. This also has a rich and sturdy feel to it. What is nice is that the position of the PW513 remains unchanged in the process, and there is no need to realign the camera when using the bracket. If you like, you can also place the Streamer Cam on a tripod. A corresponding thread is given below the base.