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Sony CMU-BR100 Camera and Microphone for Skype

by Sony

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  • 1/4 inch CMOS1280x720 capable
  • 22fps at HD, 30fps at VGA
  • 4 Uni-directional microphonesUSB Audio device Class supported
  • USB 2.0 High speed. USB Bus-powered. Cable length: 1.5 meter
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Technical Details

  • Model: CMUBR100

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004UR4AGY
  • Item model number: CMUBR100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,372 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 8, 2011
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Product Description

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With a built in camera and microphone, the Sony CMU-BR100 Camera and Microphone for Skype is designed to work with Skype enabled Bravia TVs and allows you to call friends and family in crisp, clear detail on your HD TV screen. Whether it's free standing or attached to the TV, this simple and easy to use device has four uni-directional microphones that allow your voice to be picked up almost anywhere in the room.

    Additional Technical Features


  • Output Format: Max. 1280 X 720 (HD)

  • Frame Rate: 22 fps at HD, 30 fps at VGA

  • Image Device (Resolution): 1/4 inch CMOS Sensor (1280 × 720)

Product Description

CMU-BR100 Camera and Microphone for Skype

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great camera with Excellent image and microphone quality.
Adag
Anyways, this one is the best you can buy today and we are very happy with the purchase.
april
Having Skype for a group in my family room, using my smart TV is great!
VW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By april on July 15, 2011
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This is an awesome camera. The only thing that would make it better would be if it swiveled. Its on the top of a TV that is mounted on the wall so the view is a bit awkward, looking down to the floor. I think the ultimate Skype TV camera would have a swivel of some kind and a remote so we can pan back and forth across the whole room. Anyways, this one is the best you can buy today and we are very happy with the purchase.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2011
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This is your only choice for a webcam, for Skype, for your Sony Internet TV (check compatibility before ordering). It can also be used as a regular webcam on a computer.

This small cam/mic is about 6 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. The mounting instructions are pretty much incomprehensible. Once I ignored the helpful little pictures, I was able to get it stuck to the top of my TV. A product at this price point might be expected to have a better mounting system, e.g. a matching peg system that better mates the webcam to the TV. Once you have it stuck to the TV, plug it into the USB port on the TV and you're good to go. Just fire up the Skype app, found under "Internet Video" on your Sony TV remote. You will not be able to text message nor will you be able to send files using the internal TV app, but you may not need to do either. In a typical family room/entertainment room setup, you won't.

If you are using the TV as a computer monitor, as I am, you can plug the Sony webcam into a USB slot on your computer and use the regular Skype app in Windows or iOS (where you are able to select the microphone array under Tools/Options/Audio Settings).

This is a good product for its intended use, and I see that it is approaching a reasonable price after a number of price reductions. If you are looking to maintain the look and feel of your TV, it does the trick. Picture quality and the microphone array are very good, although I would wish for a less wide-angle view. It's great to have Skype video on the "big screen."

I sit about 4 feet from the screen and I find myself to appear on the smallish side due to the wide angle lens. If you were 15 feet away, I fear you might be a mere speck, but that is not my setup and you should look to other reviews on this point.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M on December 18, 2011
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The camera itself may be high definition, but...

All Bravia TVs are limited to 640x480 resolution ([...]), which is standard definition. Confirmed with Sony support staff.

Furthermore, even though Skype debug consoles indeed show 640x480, the picture quality on the other side will be of 320x240 quality. Terribly upscaled.

Checked with ideal network conditions (same room), and confirmed through Skype own debug consoles.

Actually if you go into "see myself" function on the TV, the picture will be suspiciously small... Measured heigh shows a little bit less than 1/4 of the screen height, 320x240, indeed!!!

To sum up, the cam itself may be high definition, but what your Skype counterparts will see will be of very low quality. Regardless of network and TV model year (my is 2011).

Beware.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Helper on November 21, 2011
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This is what you'd expect. It's a webcam. It works fine with my Bravia TV. The downside is that with Skype the image quality isnt super great in general. This uses a wide fov camera to capture the room since it doesnt know where your face is. So unlike with a laptop webcam where your face is really big fillign up the screen with this you appear really small in it. Could be good if a crowd wants to skype, but not so good if it's a single person to a single person. It is fun to be able to see the other person on the big TV though. What it really needs is some kind of zoom/tracking option but that would be more expensive...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shortis on September 25, 2011
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At first I was quite annoyed at Sony for restricting the type of cam you could plug in using propriety firmware to prevent third party products but the quality of this cam and its sound system combined with the quality of Sony's TV made up for the, seemingly, inflated price tag. We have had wonderful hours of quality reception from all over the world and a noticeable difference from other cams used through the computer, the quality would, I think, match that of any top-line computer cam available and surpassed that of the Logitech cam I previously used on my Mac through the same TV, which is a Bravia LED, another superior product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manjit on October 16, 2011
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I waited for this for a long time and invested 120$ on this web cam. Every time I use it, I can hear my own voice (it echo's). It gets very annoying. I dont know why this is happening. Don't waste 120$ on this. You are better off trying to use your laptop for skype. If Sony/skype can fix this issue i'll strongly recomend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam C Krouskop on November 24, 2012
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I purchased this to use with the Skype app on my Sony Blu-ray Player, where it (apparently) doesn't/won't work.

When I try to use the Sony CMU-BR100 webcam with my Sony Blu-ray player, the Skype app detects there is a camera attached, but video calls fail, the video preview screen comes up entirely black, and the Blu-ray player will freeze until you unplug the webcam.

It's not the webcam itself -- which works just fine with my PC -- but the combination of this webcam with the Sony Blu-ray player that seems problematic.

And, by contrast, Microsoft's LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam (Q2F-00001) works just great with my Sony Blu-ray player (and is half the price). So, if you're thinking about using this with a Sony Blu-ray player, I'd strongly suggest getting the LifeCam Studio webcam instead, since it actually works whereas this Sony webcam does not. (And, this drives me a little bit nuts, because the thing I thought I was "over-paying" for in buying this otherwise-way-too-expensive Sony webcam was for Sony-to-Sony compatibility.)
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