The new Insta360 Link webcam uses AI to track your face

The new Insta360 Link webcam uses AI to track your face

Insta360, the popular action camera maker, has launched the first integrated AI-powered webcam, Link.

Link paints a true picture of what modern webcams should look like. Everywhere, from hardware to software, the AI ​​webcam makes a bold statement.

While most other webcams still focus on the basics, Insta360 has raised the bar with Link. Here are some of the key features that make it a must.

Insta360 Link can reach resolutions of up to 60 fps for both 720p and 1080p stills, and 30 fps in HDR and Ultra HD 4K mode.

Video codec formats supported by Link include H.264 (all resolutions and frame rates) and MJPEG (4K at 24/25 fps, 1080p for all frame rates, 720p for all frame rates).

It also has a 34mm equivalent focal length, F1.8 aperture, 4x digital zoom, and phase-detection autofocus from a distance of 4 inches to infinity. Link also uses AI dynamic face tracking to focus, center, and keep your face in the photo.

With a 1/2-inch sensor (2x the size of a Logitech Brio sensor), the Link captures more detail with better dynamic range than other webcams, while also excelling in performance in all lighting conditions.

Weighing in at 106 g (3.73 oz) and measuring 69 x 41 x 45 mm (2.71 x 1.61 x 1.77 in), the Link is portable enough to fit in compact spaces on your devices or in your backpack.

Installation, privacy and more

Photo: Insta360

The Link webcam has dual mounting options, including a 1/4 mounting point for mounting a tripod and an integrated clip for computer monitor mounting.

It can also be mounted on a 3-axis axis to capture steady shots even in high-traffic conditions.

For privacy, Link’s built-in smart privacy protection feature will turn on automatically, pointing the camera down after 10 seconds of inactivity. This is great for when you forget to turn off your webcam after a video session.

The Link supports four different viewing modes: DeskView mode (focuses on the desktop or work area), whiteboard mode (with AI and recognition tags to focus on you or the whiteboard), Overhead mode (for bird’s eye view), and Portrait mode.

What good is a webcam if it absorbs sound? Link answers this important rhetorical question with dual noise-cancelling microphones to reduce background noise. Also includes automatic gain control to amplify your sound.

You can connect the Link webcam to your device using a USB-C to USB-C (USB 2.0) cable or a Type-C to Type-A adapter.

The link is compatible with Windows 8 or later. However, Windows 8.1 or later is required for 4K videos. It also supports macOS 10.10 or later and generally requires 1GB of RAM for 720p capture and 2GB of RAM for 1080p.

The Link webcam comes with native support for Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.

Get all these features for only $299.99

For $299.99, you get the Link webcam, a USB-C cable, a USB-C to A adapter, and four tags.

For an additional $29, you’ll get a tripod kit, including a 2-in-1 mini tripod, two locking jacks, a 1/4″ mounting adapter, and a manual.

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