Jabra PanaCast Review – World’s First Intelligent 180⁰ Panoramic-4K plug-and-play Video Solution

Jabra PanaCast

$895.00
9

Built Quality

9.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Compatibility

10.0/10

User Experience

9.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Advantages

  • Supports multiple OS platforms
  • Microsoft Teams Certified
  • Dynamic real-time stitching technology
  • Plug-and-play operation
  • Wider viewing angle up to 180⁰

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Additional accessories needed to be bought
Jabra PanaCast Review - Introduction and feature walk-through of Jabra PanaCast
Image courtesy: Jabra PanaCast.

Jabra, the leader in audio and sound solutions introduced their all new Jabra PanaCast, engineered to be the world’s first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video conference solutions. In contrast, Jabra PanaCast features an intelligent vision system that offers up to 180⁰ of a wider panoramic view as a requirement of a premium video conferencing solution. According to Jabra further, the PanaCast can be used for small-office home-office that limited in terms of room space and requires more participants at a time.

Listing of Features

  • Plug-and-play operation
  • 180⁰ panoramic view
  • Crystal-clear sound with Jabra Speak series
  • Intelligent Vision (AI) product sense, anticipate and automatic image adjustment
  • Industry-first Intelligent Zoom
  • Jabra PanaCast Vivid 2.0 adjusts video properties
  • Open standard-based API support

According to Jabra, PanaCast receives certification from Microsoft Teams, thus making it one of the versatile video conferencing solution out there.

Specifications

The specification of Jabra PanaCast is as follows:

Video
Field of View Horizontal: 180⁰ / Vertical: 54⁰
Number of Cameras 3
Light Control Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness and White Balance
Stitching Technology Dynamic real-time stitching technology, running in the onboard PanaCast Vision Processor
Supported Resolutions Panaramic-4K: 3840 x 1080 @ 30fps

 

1080 Full HD: 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps

720p HD: 1280 x 720 @ 30fps

Audio
Microphones 2 built-in microphones
Ease of Use
Camera Controls Electronic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (ePTZ)
Adjustable Field of View Choose between 90⁰, 120⁰, 140⁰ and 180⁰ through Jabra Direct
Flexible Mount For easy placement on top of your monitor or laptop
Connectivity
USB plug-and-play USB-C port
Power Powered by USB 3.0 cable
System Requirements Windows 7 or above

 

macOS X 10.9 or above

Linux Ubuntu 16.x or above

USB 3.0 (supports USB 2.0 through the Jabra USB hub)

Certifications Microsoft Teams
Comptability Zoom, Cisco Webex, Slack, Google Hangouts and more. **
General
Packaging dimensions (L x W x H) 155 x 90 x 45 mm / 6.1 x 3.5 x 1.8 inches
Main unit dimension (L x W x H) 102 x 67 x 20 mm / 4 x 2.6 x 0.8 inches
Box contents Camera, USB-C to USB-A cable (1 m/3 ft)
Weight 100g
Warranty 2 years
Optional accessories Table stand (adjustable height: 152-317 mm / 6 – 12.5 inches), wall mount, 1.8m cable and USB hub
Operating temperature 0⁰ C to 30⁰ C
Operating humidity 15% to 85% (non-condensing)

Jabra also provides their own offline version of technical specifications and datasheet of PanaCast.

Pricing and Accessories

Below are the standard retail price of Jabra PanaCast and other additional accessories (optional):

Jabra PanaCast ComponentPrice (including 6% SST)
Jabra PanaCast 4k CameraRM4,599.00
Jabra PanaCast Table StandRM269.00
Jabra PanaCast Wall MountRM189.00
Jabra PanaCast USB CableRM89.00

Walkthrough

Jabra PanaCast Review - Front camera view
Jabra PanaCast – Front View.

Jabra PanaCast is uniquely engineered to fit the on-demand requirement for a professional video conferencing solution. Looking at the design of the PanaCast, it offers 180⁰ panoramic view thanks to well mapped triple camera. Also, there is an LED indicator located on the top of the unit to indicate the activity that is going on. At the bottom of the unit, a standard-sized mounting hole is given to be used all-together with Jabra PanaCast’s Table Stand or Wall Mount. Both of this ad-ons were sold separately. The Jabra PanaCast also has its standard monitor mount to be placed on top of your display monitor, however, I find that, it doesn’t suit for all monitor types.

Jabra PanaCast Review - Rear View
Jabra PanaCast – Rear View.

Moving to the rear of the unit, a USB port type C present that can be used to physically linked to your device and the PanaCast, is backward compatible, thanks to its Jabra’s USB Hub that allows client device with USB 2.0 limitations able to access the PanaCast.

What is PanaCast Vision Processing?

Before moving into the review, allow me to explain in simple terms, TL: DR: Jabra PanaCast 4th generation stitching creates pixel-accurate stitching video from the triple cameras in real-time, providing an ultra-low latency of 5ms only to be achieved via PanaCast’s Vision Processor. Elaborating further, Vision Processing mathematically renders each captured pixel into a cylindrical surface to produce a crisp visual, thanks to its eight processors that smooths the pipeline tasks in PanaCast system. According to Jabra further, there are over 30 patents were filed for the stitching algorithm and the PanaCast camera technology.

User Experience

The installation process is hassle free. Thanks to its plug-and-play mechanism, the camera can be directly plugged into the PC or laptop’s USB port. An additional driver is needed to operate the PanaCast and other peripherals required for video conferencing such as Jabra Speak series under one management software, called Jabra Direct. The driver was needed in order to update the firmware of the unit and other additional Jabra accessories to their latest version. In order to ensure the driver is free from any hidden malware, I’ve run a test on a reputable site and the outcome of the test comes, clean. Also, as per the current time, the driver is operable from both Windows and Mac. Jabra said that, they’re currently working with their software partners to extend the support to Linux-based environment.

Jabra PanaCast Review - Jabra Direct driver walkthrough
Jabra PanaCast: Jabra Direct driver and PanaCast settings panel.

On paper, Jabra PanaCast supports video resolution from 720p up to 4K video resolution. Even with the ability to support video resolution up to 4K, it is still clocked at 30fps, even for the 1080p resolution, although I prefer 4K60fps or worse come to worst, 1080p60 resolution. If you’re using a good monitor, you can’t fully utilize the performance of your monitor with such frames-per-second during a video conference. I won’t call this as a huge disadvantage, perhaps for the price, at least a 60fps resolution options should be given. Another advantage of PanaCast is its 180⁰ coverage and this will be an additional security measure can be done by practicing social distancing in a huddle room and allowing the maximum amount of participant in the room can join the conference together.

Next, the minimum bandwidth requirement to operate the PanaCast over the internet are 25 to 40 Mbps for 4K quality. This means that you should be having a minimum of 50 Mbps on the upload site. If you’re having less upload speed than that, then the video quality performance will degrade.

Another interesting feature I would like to brag about the PanaCast is the Jabra’s Intelligent Vision. The PanaCast features a feature called ePTZ App. Basically, what does this do is, it allows the users to program over a specific camera frame to capture as much as participants in a meeting room as possible with a single click without even needing to manually to pan and zoom each time the number of participants, changes. It doesn’t stop there, Color Controls allows the user to manipulate the image characteristic to fit the scenario during a conference call, such as in daytime or nighttime.

The PanaCast not only designed for entrepreneurs, it is also can be used by school teachers and lecturers. Why? Because, the PanaCast features whiteboard program bundled under the Intelligent Vision. This is quite easy to set up where all you have to do is to drag the edge of the boxes to fit your whiteboard sizes and the PanaCast will intelligently capture the surface of the board and telecast it in real-time. This will be further helpful for the teachers to join any conference, remotely from their house or engage in a discussion activity among the students or even conducting a lecturing session.

Jabra PanaCast Review - PanaCast Image quality testing
Jabra PanaCast: Image quality testing under a standard room lightning exposure.

Unlike other consumer-based webcam, the PanaCast’s image quality is one of the best out there. The image further made better thanks to its customization color controls that further enhance the image quality to fit the usage scenario of the user. The image taken is purely from the camera itself and it has not undergone any image tweaking process, i.e. default settings. I do realize the camera gets hot when used for a long period of time, however, the heat doesn’t affect the quality of the visual captured, so it is a decent draw there.

Conclusion

To conclude the review, Jabra still retain their status as one of the best conference solutions providers. There are a few reasons why Jabra PanaCast recommended by me. First of all, its professionally designed for small meeting rooms that limits the amount of participants that can join the conversations. Thanks to its compatibility with most video conference software such as from Microsoft Teams, it is really easy setup within a few minutes. It is also, multi-platform compatible. In other word, you can use any operating system to operate the PanaCast.

Jabra PanaCast Review - Conclusion of Jabra PanaCast review
Jabra PanaCast with table stand.

The Jabra PanaCast is highly recommended for entrepreneurs whose working from home, or having an office at home or even large organizations. If you’re planning to buy a unit of PanaCast, head to certified IT-retail stores by Jabra. Do note that, the PanaCast comes with a two-year standard warranty and when it comes to after-sales service, Jabra is one of the best. The PanaCast, most probably, if not the best, it is one of the best video conference solution available in the market.

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