If you’re looking to improve the quality of your camera for video calling or streaming, but don’t want to invest (or justify investing) in a DLSR camera, Opal’s new webcam might be what you’re looking for.

the Opal C1 is a $ 300 desktop webcam to give you better video quality whether you want to use it for your business meetings, Zoom parties, or as a camera to broadcast on Twitch. The C1 features an f1.8 aperture lens, which Opal says will bring more than twice the light of other webcams on the market. The C1 also includes a Sony 4K image sensor which is marketed as offering five times the resolution of other webcams on the market and said to provide “the brightest” and “the darkest blacks.”

A screenshot of Opal comparing his C1 webcam with the MacBook’s built-in webcam and a Canon EOS R DLSR camera.

The Opal C1 also includes MicMesh, which is a collection of mics that use machine learning to perform tasks like smart noise cancellation, which should filter out noises like typing on your keyboard or your dog barking. background.

The Opal C1 also includes software support called Opalsoft, which is currently in beta. The software allows you to manually toggle brightness, filters and other features. The Opal website notes that Opalsoft is free for first-time users. Later, Opal wants to update the software with new features like “Studio Sound”, which it hopes will allow the webcam mics to produce sound that rivals that of a professional podcast mic ( without having to buy one).

There are, however, a few caveats regarding the Opal C1. The C1 only supports Mac computers at the moment, but Opal says that Windows support later in 2022. Additionally, you can only purchase the C1 by invitation at this time. Even then, $ 300 can be steep for those looking for a high-end webcam compared to competitors offering similar and lower prices, such as the Dell UltraSharp 4K or the Logitech StreamCam.

Webcam Opale C1 – Images

Taylor is Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster


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