Launched in June 2021, the Dell Ultrasharp Webcam is designed to be a compact option and deliver professional image quality. With 4K resolution and a Sony lens, it’s expected to work well in any type of location or brightness.
With automatic framing through artificial intelligence, it facilitates day-to-day usability, as it searches for users even when they are on the move.
Can be mounted using the bracket provided in the box or, if preferred, a tripod (sold separately). But does it meet these requirements? I was able to test it for two days and bring my experience of using it during that time. Check it out in our review.
Design and Construction
Dell’s Ultrasharp webcam is robust and has a premium look and feel. Its shape is cylindrical, and when we first picked it up, we realized that it was a product that really values the overall image quality.
- Body: 111.56 grams;
- Lens cap: 25.44 g;
- Webcam support: 81.32 grams;
- Tripod adapter: 15.71 g;
- Cable: 65g;
- Total: 299 grams;
- With case: 543 g.
Its body is made of anodized aluminum and comes with a privacy cover that magnetically attaches to the lens of the product. The manufacturer places the brand name on the front and back of the device, as well as two slots at the bottom: one for the support base that comes with the box and another for connecting cables. for USB-A.
This version has no audio recordings of any kind, its only focus and purpose is to capture and record images. The sensors used in the construction of the Ultrasharp are 4K Sony STARVIS CMOS and a multi-element lens, which according to the manufacturer captures the natural light of the environment better, resulting in a sharper video.
As mentioned above, Dell’s sensor of choice is a Sony 4K. And, as expected, the image quality is perfect.
The part of installing the product on the computer is very simple and left a good impression right from the start. Just plug the USB-C cable into the webcam and the USB-A into my laptop’s port.
It automatically recognized the device and installed its own branded app so I could handle more advanced settings.
It has some predefined settings to choose the main color of the image between soft, warm, vivid and standard. Of these, my favorites are Standard Mode and Smooth Mode as they make the video quality sharper.
She managed to balance out the low light in the room without compromising too much on color fidelity. It can record in HD or Full HD at 60 FPS, which I think is a very positive point. There is also 4K if the user wants it, but in this case only 24 or 30 FPS.
The model offers a very interesting option, automatic framing via artificial intelligence. This feature is very similar to the Center Stage or Center Stage feature on the new Apple iPad.
In short, this feature consists of a camera frame that “follows” the user’s face, even as it moves in front of the user. You can also set the field of view to 65º, 78º or 90º if you prefer.
For the more experienced, it is possible to adjust the webcam, as well as adjust the zoom, focus and other settings. I can say that Ultrasharp offers professional quality in a compact and powerful way even for demanding users.
Dell Ultrasharp works in plug and play mode. Basically, just connect your webcam to a device (monitor or computer) that has a USB-A port and the OS will recognize the model and automatically download the application.
Regarding the operating system, the manufacturer’s website informs that 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and 11 are supported.
Ultrasharp’s direct competitor is the Logitech Brio 4K. As the name suggests, we are talking about a webcam that can record in 4K (30 FPS) in addition to Full HD (60 FPS) and HD (90 FPS). Like the Dell webcam, the Brio has good image quality and clarity and can adjust the ambient brightness.
It’s also plug-and-play, making life easier for the average user. However, unlike Ultrasharp which downloads the app automatically, in this case you need to install the Logitech app manually.
However, what makes Brio stand out is the microphone’s availability and affordability. It’s probably 600 reais cheaper than the Dell option, which puts the Swiss-branded version ahead. The prices of these models vary between R$ 1,100 and R$ 1,600.
Dell Ultrasharp is a webcam with great image quality. Even in low-light environments, she managed to correct everything without affecting my skin tone or the naturalness of objects and furniture behind me.
I’ve used the AI framing feature a lot and I can say that in addition to being useful, it also helps a lot when moving around for whatever reason. Not having to change the position of the notebook all the time is fun and makes everyday use a lot easier.
The only not-so-positive part is the price, as there are very similar options on the market, such as the Logitech Brio 4K. In addition to offering very similar image quality, this competitor also costs about R$600 less.
In conclusion, Ultrasharp is only worth it if it is priced equal to or cheaper than the competition, as it has no real difference to give it an edge.