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45 of 50 found the following review helpful:
High Price, Low QualityAug 15, 2011
By Philip R. Heath
"Gadgets, Music, & Books"
[[VIDEOID:mo2ZV874U49I3ZS]]They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think that the video much more telling than anything I could write. I am very disappointed in the quality of the video this webcam records, and I cannot recommend it - especially given its rather high cost. Give the Logitech Webcam C310 a try instead.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Poor quality, unjustified price, huge size....don't recommendJul 09, 2011
By Janis The Cook
"Vegan Cookies and other organic treats delivered!"
I bought this camera as a replacement for Logitech c910. It is rather expensive for a webcam, but i depend on this technology for my work, where I video conference a lot, so I thought an extra $80 or so, when compared to other webcams might be worth it. When it arrived I was immediately surprised by its HUGE size. it is easily 3 times bigger than the logitech. Since I use it with my desktop I really didn't care and it mounted on my 24" monitor fine. However it became instantly obvious that this camera is just not as good as the logitech - the angle of the lens is not as wide, so it really zooms in on my face, instead of showing the space around me. The quality seems low compared to the logitech, and even though this camera claims HD support in skype and logitech doesn't, all 3 skype callers I tested it with said that logitech was a clear winner when it came to quality of video and sound. So I am back to my old camera, which costs 1/2 the price, takes up 1/3 of the space, and work much better. I have always liked creative and used to own a number of sound cards made by them, but as far as I am concerned this product is a flop.
10 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Great sound -- TERRIBLE picture qualityJul 29, 2011
Overall, I must say I'm highly disappointed with this webcam, though it does have some good features that perform well. Perhaps I got a lemon, but all I can do is judge what I have received, and if this is representative of the quality level of this unit, Creative really needs to take it back to the drawing board.
The GOOD --
* The 4 noise-cancelling microphones (and integrated hardware and software to do this) perform admirably. I have NO complaints on sound quality.
* The bundled "Live! Central 3" software performs well, gives one a good preview of what one is going to see, or what the other person will see on Skype, offers a fair number of useful "tweaks" to the image and sound, and it has performed without any negative incidents on my computer (see bottom of review for my computer specs).
* The mount design is fairly stable and sits nicely and steadily on either my 23" or 19" monitor. Good configurability in the design.
* Seems to work seamlessly with Skype, though at a sub-par quality level for the optics (see below).
The BAD --
* This is a TERRIBLY noisy, grainy camera. Knowing a bit about optics (I'm a DSLR enthusiast with thousands of dollars of gear and about 3 years experience with two Nikon prosumer camera bodies and many pro-level lenses, I know and use Adobe Lightroom, DxO, and Photomatix, the latter for HDR work of course), I figured the problem was low-light noise on such a small camera since my current office for my business is in my basement -- I have two 75W lights just over my head, and I thought that might be too little illumination for that camera. So, I brought in a 300W halogen torchiere to place next to my desk, and, if anything, the noise is far worse. The optical noise is frankly nasty and completely unacceptable.
* Autofocus of poor quality as well. It never seems quite IN focus, so I switched over to manual focus, using the slider in the bundled software, and I can't EVER get the image in focus. And, no, I don't have "soft focus" turned on. The optics just seem to be of VERY low quality.
* Zoom -- this feature is nice, though it does hunt around a bit to center on one's face, but the problem is that even though it's 1080P HD, the camera can't zoom out enough to take advantage of that resolution. So, it's almost impossible to have the camera center on my face unless I place the camera way off-center on the monitor, and that's just silly because my face is a full 24-26 inches back from the camera. In optical terms, there's just an unacceptably narrow Field of View. I don't see how this camera could be of much use for home surveillance while away or for any videographic purpose.
* My testing even started out badly when I Plug-n-Prayed the camera, as instructed -- doing so disabled my keyboard drivers and made the keyboard inoperable. Upon restart, my computer straightened that out, but it wasn't an auspicious beginning.
* Even on optimal quality (largest file size), the hardware and software compression render a completely useless (to me at least) image/video stream that's best described as "smudgy."
My conclusion is that this camera is very poorly designed, with the exception of the audio quality, and I think there are MUCH better choices out there for much less money.
My system -- Dell XPS8300 with Intel CORE i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Turbo), 12GB RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, ATI Radeon HD 5700, THX TruStudio Certified Sound Card, ViewSonic VX1940w 19" Wide 2ms High-Res 1680x1050 LCD Monitor - DVI, and ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS LCD Monitor.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Big price. Mediocre video quality. Bloated software.Oct 15, 2011
Usually you get what you pay for, but in the case of the "Creative Live! Cam InPerson HD Webcam", you sure don't. My old Creative Cam is several years old. It cost less than $50, has just as good video quality if not better, and is a fraction of the size of this 9" webcam. Out of the box, the Creative Live! Cam InPerson HD Webcam was easy to install, although the included bloated software did take several minutes to install. Getting this huge webcam in an acceptable viewing angle on top of my 22" monitor was a chore. After installing the software, a "check for updates" came up with a driver update, and an update to the "Live! Central 3" software. To give you an idea how bloated the software is, the update was over 400MB. Once everything was installed and updated, I put the camera to the test. What a disappointment. Even in my well lit office, video was grainy, and the camera had trouble maintaining focus. I tried manually changing the cam's settings in an attempt to improve the video quality. Nothing I could do made a major difference. PQ is just mediocre at best. At his price point, this is unacceptable. If this was a $30 webcam, it would be acceptable, but not at well over $100. If you're looking for a high quality webcam, this isn't it. It produces noisy mediocre video. For less than 1/2 the price, you can find cam's that will outperform the "Creative Live! Cam InPerson HD Webcam". Look elsewhere.
The current price of the Creative Live! Cam InPerson HD Webcam has dropped from $140, to $79.99. This price point is much more acceptable, but it still does not diminish the cam's mediocre performance.
Average video, great audio, mixed software (great for kids)Oct 17, 2011
I found the video quality on this camera to be quite average. The audio quality is great though. I was previously using a 2 year old Microsoft webcam, and I have been told by people that I Skype with that there definitely is an improvement in the video and audio they are experiencing from my end since switching to this camera. I don't know how the quality compares to other webcams that are out there right now, but I suspect there are better ones at a lower price.
The included Live! Central 3 software is pretty expansive. There are a lot of options for adjusting the video lighting and coloring, as well as panning and zooming. There are also some great noise cancellation and audio focusing options that improve the audio quality even further, depending on your situation and environment. The software also includes lots of fun video affects for the kids, like putting yourself in dopey scenes, or putting glasses and hats on you that automatically track your face. You can also have an "avatar" that tracks your mouth movement and applies it to different characters, like an alien and a cat. Yaay.
There is a streaming video piece to the software that allows you to stream to a mobile device. However, it is developed by a third-party, and anything past their simple free version costs $50-ish (Android price). I couldn't even get it to work because the streamer side that is installed on your computer has a problem, at least when I try it. I go to add my camera, select a name for the camera, and enter a password. The next step is SUPPOSED TO allow you to associate it with your account, but it never shows the field that allows you to enter your account. So I could not even try the mobile streaming because of this. Which is fine, since I find the third-party free version of their software a little questionable when it comes to privacy, security, and encrypted data.
OK video, great audio, useful and fun software (except for the streaming). A bit high on price. Average score.
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