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109 of 116 found the following review helpful:
No Manual focus, Bad trackingOct 21, 2009
[[VIDEOID:38829591]]See the webcam in action. The hd lag was bad and the lack of manual focus was annoying.
38 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Quality camera with great featuresDec 21, 2009
First off, let me say I have used many webcams over the years, and this one would be my 5th one I've owned.
Currently I own Logitech's flagship Orbit AF webcam, which is a superb camera in terms of video quality. Knowing that, I could have gone with the Logitech WebCam Pro 9000, but I didn't want to spend $99 for a secondary camera. I wanted to spend as little as possible and still have a camera good enough for low light.
After having test driven three other cheaper models which I bought and returned from Fry's, I fortunately had to opportunity to get this one on Amazon Vine. While I have to admit the video quality isn't as crisp as good as my Logitech, it's still heads and shoulders above the sub $50 cameras that I tried. It is sensitive enough to be adequate for low light environments like my office at work, which was the most important feature in a webcam. The software package is decent, comparable to Logitech's.
In the webcam department, you really do get what you pay for. If you absolutely must have the best video quality, I recommend the Logitech Orbit AF or Webcam 9000 that use Carl Zeiss lenses. But if you want a decent compromise, this one isn't bad.
22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Outstanding out-of-the-box experienceOct 19, 2009
By Cam Soper
I plugged this camera into my Windows 7 64-bit PC, and it instantly recognized and configured it with no extra drivers required. I could immediately use it without any issues in Gmail and Windows Live Messenger.
The stand feels a little flimsy, but it has nice functionality, having configurations for both your desktop and the top of your monitor. It has rubber anti-skid feet to ensure it stays put.
The cord is pretty long, at about 5 feet. I could have used another foot, but it was still long enough for my purposes.
The camera has a very soft white glow around the lens housing to indicate when it's active. This is a very nice subtle touch, far more pleasing to the eye than a green or white LED, as I've seen on other cameras.
Finally, the picture and sound quality are outstanding. I'm hard pressed to think of a situation where I would want/use 720p resolution in a web cam, but it's nice to know it's there if I need it.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Doesn't work with Windows 7Mar 24, 2010
I've tried installing and re-installing the software for this maybe a dozen times on a brand new (one month old as of March 2010) HP Pavilion Elite (with Windows 7) and it simply doesn't work. If you trawl around on the web you'll find other people with the same problem - and general amazement that neither Creative nor Microsoft have offered (as of this writing) a patch. The camera worked for about five seconds before crashing Windows 7. It crashed Windows every time I tried to turn it on -- and *nothing* else has crashed Windows 7 since I've owned it. I'm pretty comfortable with technology and haven't had any luck at all with the software that came with this software. Right now, the camera is a $40 paper weight. Don't waste your money on this if you have a new system. Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with you. Buyer beware.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Good webcam for MAC MiniJan 05, 2011
By J D Phelps
Just plug it in and go.... Mac has all the drivers and it works great. Nice and small, unobtrusive, yet good quality video.
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