Poly Studio P5 webcam review: small but powerful

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Poly Studio P5: Specifications

Supported resolution: Full HD (1080p), HD 720p compatible
Diagonal field of view: 80 degree
Focus type: Autofocus
Built-in microphone: unidirectional microphone
Dimensions: 2.4 x 1.5 x 1.3 inch (without monitor clamp)
Weight: 2.4 ounces

Webcams provide a much better video conferencing experience than the camera on your laptop or phone – and the Poly Studio P5 webcam excels in this area. It has both the video and audio components needed to look and sound professional in meetings. The small but durable webcam has 1080p resolution and 4k digital zoom. It also uses low light technology and produces lifelike colors. Plus, the unidirectional microphone captures your voice well without picking up background noise. Keep reading our Poly Studio P5 review to find out if this webcam is right for your needs.

Poly Studio P5 review: availability and price

The Poly Studio P5 is on the Poly website for $ 129.00. However, you can save $ 30.00 if you choose to purchase it on Amazon for $ 99.95. At the time of publication, the webcam was in stock at both sites.

Poly Studio P5 test: Compatibility

The Poly Studio P5 works with Microsoft Windows (8.1, 10) and Mac OS X (10.7 or later). It is certified compatible with Microsoft Teams and Zoom video conferencing applications. However, the kit is plug and play compatible with any application using UVC / UAC standards. It has a USB 2.0 port.

Poly Studio P5 Reviews: Design

The Poly Studio P5 includes the webcam, a removable monitor clamp and a USB cable. Instructions and documentation are also included.

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The Poly Studio P5 is compact and fits easily in the palm of my hand. Unlike most other webcams, which are either square or rectangular, the circular P5 is shaped like a ball, tapering towards the back. The speckled gray finish also sets it apart from other webcams.

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It has an adjustable monitor clamp and mounts easily and securely to my MacBook. The webcam is tripod ready and also has a privacy shutter when not in use.

Poly Studio P5 test: Video and audio performance

The Poly Studio P5 is designed for use in professional environments (although you can certainly use it for school or in other applications). As a professional webcam, it offers Full HD and HD options. The image below is in Full HD (1080p).

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The field of view is 80 degrees and it is not adjustable. However, the image can be digitally enlarged up to 4x. I played with the two lamps on my desk to see what the video image would look like in a low light environment; the webcam automatically adjusts to compensate. It also has autofocus, and as I moved around in my chair it made sure I was properly framed.

The webcam offers vivid and realistic colors. Compared to the other webcams I have tested, I would rate the Poly Studio P5 slightly below the more expensive Logitech Brio. However, the Poly Studio P5 is solidly on a par with the Logitech C922 Pro HD Stream webcam, which also records in 1080p and has autofocus and automatic light correction.

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The Poly Studio P5 has a built-in unidirectional microphone with a frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz. The sound is surprisingly clear. It picks up loud background noise (and I don’t know of any microphone that doesn’t), but does a good job of cutting out typical ambient noise.

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For an even better audio experience, you can also pair the Poly Studio P5 with one of the company’s headphones. I tested the Voyager 4220 UC 2-ear headphones, which you can buy as a kit with the webcam for $ 286. It is quite light and has convenient controls on the headset.

Reviews on Poly Studio P5: Application

I firmly believe in taking advantage of the software that comes with a given product. The Poly Lens app makes it easy to adjust settings and customize webcam and headset preferences. For example, in the photo below, you will see the options to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.

Poly Studio P5 application settings

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Reviews on Poly Studio P5: Verdict

It’s hard to beat the convenience and practicality of the Poly Studio P5. Poly has long been known for its pro-level gear, and this webcam is no exception. You get 1080p quality video and the ability to hear conversations clearly, even in background noise.

Yet the Logitech C922 Pro HD Streaming Webcam costs $ 30 less and offers comparable video quality. It also has autofocus and automatic light correction, and even includes a handy tripod if you don’t want to mount it on the laptop; however, it does not have a confidentiality shutter. But if Logitech’s camera isn’t available, the Poly Studio P5 is a solid option.


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