Opal’s small Tadpole shows how webcams can be anything but dull

The humble webcam typically doesn’t receive much attention; however, new company Opal aims to elevate this product category with its Tadpole webcam. The Tadpole is specially designed for laptop users and features a small form-factor. The webcam is equipped with a high quality sensor and a slick design that stands out from other webcams on the market. To ensure maximum portability, the Tadpole comes with a built-in cable that hides a capacitive mute button in the USB-C connector. Additionally, it has its own hard carry case, making it convenient for users to take it on the go.

The Tadpole boasts a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 Exmor RS sensor that delivers 1080p video with an f/1.8 aperture. The camera can also shoot in 4K, but currently scales down to 1080p for compatibility with most video calling software. The webcam’s companion software offers controls to adjust image settings and other preferences, creating a seamless user experience.

Compared to other webcams, the Tadpole provides visibly clearer and more detailed images. It also features a directional microphone, which effectively minimizes ambient noise. Opal claims that the Tadpole’s microphone is so focused that it reduces environmental reverb, providing crisp and centered audio.

The Opal Tadpole is a refreshing and innovative option in a market dominated by uninspiring designs. The webcam is offered in both white and black, with a sleek design and smart features. Despite its advanced features, the Tadpole is priced at $175, making it an attractive and affordable choice for users seeking high-quality video and audio capabilities.