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6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Auto Focus drives me crazyMar 06, 2011
I believe the camera would be an amazing find if I could figure out a simple way to turn off the auto focus capability. This auto focus changes the image and makes things blurry on a regular basis. Overall, great camera and software, but the auto focus makes it frustrating to use.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Solving the Autofocus ProblemsJul 18, 2012
This camera is excellent once the autofocus is disabled. The sound quality is excellent.
In linux the autofocus is hopeless unless the lighting is perfect and the subject is exactly in the centre.
If you are using Debian or Ubuntu linux, the focus is fixed as follows :
First install the control software (only this step needs to be done as root)
# apt-get install uvcdynctrl
You can list the possible webcam controls with
# uvcdynctrl -c
Open the program that you want to use the webcam with, e.g. cheese
then turn off auto-focus with the command:
# uvcdynctrl -s 'Focus, Auto' 0
Next, manually set the focus distance - try a few values such as 5, 10, 15, 20, until it is in focus
# uvcdynctrl -s 'Focus (absolute)' 20
To make things quicker next time, you can make a shell script that disables auto-focus, and sets the correct absolute focus.:)
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Poor Sound QualityMay 07, 2011
By Ahmed Shakil
Very disappointed with this Creative brand web camera. The voice quality is really bad and I have to talk very close to the camera for other people to understand me, otherwise I think the noise cancellation feature is canceling out my own voice.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
The outdoor function doesn't work.Mar 18, 2011
By Minh Q. Nguyen
I bought this item and exchanged for another one, but both of them couldn't see anything when I took the webcam toward outside. My old Creative webcam VF0050 can do it.
I don't know why. What should I do?
13 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 is great.May 18, 2011
By Chris Groscost
I've not a single complaint with this webcam. Admittedly, I bought mine for half of the cost listed on Amazon from another etailer. I love Amazon, but no more than any of the other proved reliable etailers. It's an easy search, do so, it may not sting so bad when you get a better deal.
So with that in mind, I'm simply not too upset when the camera takes a bit to find it's focus. Should one day it get to me, I'll simply take the thirty seconds I would otherwise wait for the cam, and use the manual over-rides in the accompanying software. So for those who dislike the AF feature on this cam, try another tact...
This is not meant to supersede the new, rather amazing point and shoot and film in HD cameras currently available for not much more. It's a webcam, meant to do webcam things better than previous generations of webcams did, and it does by leaps and bounds in this price range! To carry it around tethered to a laptop outdoors, as one poster alluded to. If the auto-white balance didn't handle the sun, as stated, use the manual overrides. Just because one auto-white option is outdoors, I honestly do not think that was what this webcam was meant to be used for. Its not waterproof, no weather shielding. Gee, I wonder if it works underwater?... Really, this product was designed to sit in front of you, so you can photograph, make small files, or HD if you desire, but from a reasonable distance of two to five feet, and under lighting conditions expected in a typical office/home environment... It does focus on the background pretty well, but clarity is lost the further from it your subject becomes. So it should work fine for the typical application.
I honestly hesitated, after reading the reviews, just before I purchased this webcam. I then decided that I know better than to read the majority of these or any reviews and take them for more than what they are. I look at the language used, the problems encountered and the detail used to describe them... The users, who inevitably state "why can't I do this?", you can see their unfounded expectations jump out at you when reading the content and context of their disappointments. I then look over the specs and even RTFM myself. I then weight cost/value ratio... Does it do what I want, suit my needs?
I love to read reviews though, and always start with the worst first. The ones where the product simply doesn't work. These are the reviews that help estimate the chances of an RMA. Medium ranked reviews come from a mixed bag. They are written by the guys who setup their mom's email (as they should), and they are confident of their limitless knowledge and comprehensions of all things technical. However, there is gold in these same mid category reviews. Reviews in which the person actually read the marketing, who did RTFM, and who did read and understand the specs. These are the ones to pay attention too... The ones that will say, "They are off a little here, but make up for it over there." They give advice on any abnormal situations they've come across. Situations that simply exist in any new, and even a lot of old technology. Bugs don't exist, until they affect you. These bugs are not always known, but often times are. If they are known, they sold this item with the expectation that too few people will be affected. If it's you, we are happy to offer you an RMA...
Seriously though, overall, I find that the "Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080" performs as a quality, inexpensive webcam should. It pacts a good amount of camera features into a very small space (The actual cam/lense, not the mounting plastic). It has decent support software package, which is intuitive and easy to use. And most importantly, it worked right out of the box on my Win7-64bit PC, functioning as designed, not one problem in the month+ that I've owned it...
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