Kandao Meeting Ultra review: hands-on test of the 4K 360-degree conference cam

We tried the Kandao Meeting Ultra's 4K 360-degree display in our meeting room and this is what we think

Kandao Meeting Ultra in meeting room
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It's not for everyone, but if you need a semi-portable conference system that puts displays and cameras nearby – and dispenses with the need for a computer – this is a neat, if costly, all-in-one solution. Kandao's AI is solid, the connectivity is excellent and, aside from duller displays than we'd like, there isn't much to beat it.

Pros

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    Large meetings can be run without other devices

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    Sharp 4K camera feed, not blurry upscaling

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    As easy to set up as a phone or tablet

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    Ports for displays, mouse, and keyboard if desired

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    Combined 360-degree camera view engaging

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    Record to MicroSD option

Cons

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    Displays are not especially bright

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    Can't easily see either screen from the 'chairman' seat

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    AI face tracking has approx half-second delay

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The Kandao Meeting Ultra 4K is a portable conference room system in a single unit, based around a 360˚ camera and dual touchscreens. It sports a built-in Android OS so is able to run most conferencing software, while the screens mean you don't even need a monitor.

This is the ultimate extension of the still quite new product genre, a 360-degree camera to place in the middle of a huddle meeting. These devices typically incorporate speakers, microphones, and cameras, but depend on a screen and possibly a laptop to perform the last part of the equation. No longer.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


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