Aimed at creative professionals, HP’s upcoming 23.8-inch Z24m monitor features a webcam that tracks your movements to keep you in the picture during video calls, similar to Apple’s center stage feature in its Studio Display and some iPads (via Ars Technica). The Z24m’s 5-megapixel swiveling webcam is located on top of the monitor, which serves as a Ars Technica indicates that you should be in focus even if there are other people in the background of the shot.
This was also announced by an HP spokesman Ars Technica that you can adjust the webcam’s settings so that it follows you faster. And while you can’t remove the webcam from the monitor, you can press it down to hide it. The Z24m also features dual noise-cancelling microphones and dual speakers, which could eliminate the need for external headphones and a microphone. As for the display itself, the Z24m has an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, a fairly fast refresh rate of 90 Hz, a response time of 5 ms, and support for HDR.
The monitor also supports HP’s Auto Lock & Awake feature. This feature uses a built-in proximity sensor – not the webcam – to detect when you are in front of the screen. If you enable the feature, the monitor should automatically lock itself when you walk away and turn itself back on when you come back.
It’s unclear how HP’s webcam tracking feature compares to Apple’s Center Stage, which uses machine learning technology to keep you (and everyone else in the picture with you) in the center of the screen. The 27-inch studio display is equipped with the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic chip to support, among other things, the center stage functionality of the 12-megapixel webcam. However, there were some issues with the webcam image quality – Apple rolled out a software update to fix this, but it still hasn’t been fully fixed.
The Z24m is due out in July and no pricing information is available yet. HP is also launching the Z24q this month for $347, a monitor with very similar specs but no video conferencing capabilities. If that’s any indication of the Z24m’s price, it will likely be well below the Studio Display’s $1,599 price tag and potentially exist as a cheaper alternative.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/14/23072682/hp-center-stage-clone-monitors-z24m-video-conferencing HP has a Center Stage clone in one of their monitors