What are the disadvantages of a webcam?


Here are 5 disadvantages of using a webcam:

  1. Cost – while you can find some very accessible options, they might not have very good quality. In order to have a good image and audio quality, you might want to invest a bit more – this depends on what you need it for. 
  2. Privacy – while you can write an email or make a phone call in your pj’s, using a webcam means you need to look presentable and have a tidy workspace behind you. Turning on the webcam means letting people into your personal space. 
  3. Security – webcams are known targets for hackers who can turn them on while you’re unaware of them. They can see and hear you if this happens, which may lead to security and privacy issues. You can protect yourself by keeping its software updated and unplugging it while you’re not using it. 
  4. Internet speed – transmitting video requires more bandwidth than sending an email or just making a phone call, so you’ll need a good connection. This is particularly true if you want to use your phone as a webcam.
  5. Expectations – once you have a webcam, some people might expect you to video chat for things you could have done with a simple email or voice call. This will take you more time and could lead to people wanting to video chat at inconvenient times or when you’re not looking good on Zoom.

Are the disadvantages of a webcam enough to keep you from having one? I don’t think so, but now that you know them you can decide for yourself. 

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Ana Mireles is a Mexican researcher that specializes in photography and communications for the arts and culture sector.

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