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  • Decent Web-cam

    posted by zkinx6 on 07/09/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:

    -Driver-less, Plug and play

    *tested plug and play, compatible with

    -Windows 7 64bit, w/ skype

    -Ubuntu 9.10linux 32bit, w/ cheese web-cam booth

    -Mac OS X 10.5.8, w/ Photobooth & Skype

    -the flip open is a nice feature

    -looks stylish

    -mic has alright response

    -OK video and picture quality(like a cellphone camera)

    -video has good brightness

    -usb cable is 4ft 6in long

    -it swivels on its base(not smoothly)

    -base has a rubber non slip bottom

    Cons:

    -the mechanism to flip the camera open( it pivots on a small rod held together with a screw on one end and a nut attached to the rod on the other)sticks and is hard to open. when i loosened the screw it helped

    -it squeaks when you open and close it

    -when i shake it something rattles inside

    -video quality is less than advertised(more like 15-18fps and a resolution of 352 x 288, but it can take pictures at 640x480)

    -the "camera button" is just a piece of plastic and is connected to nothing but some hot glue.

    after opening the case i found what was rattling, it it had a small plastic cable tie that had fallen off the cables it was holding together. Also the circuit bored for the camera is held in place with a very generous amount of hot glue.

    OtherThoughts:

    I got this today and its an alright web-cam.

    It looks nice next to my speakers and monitor(both black with silver trim) and it is pretty small. i plan to use it mainly for surveillance and an occasional video chat. But i may buy another web-cam for video chat, the quality is OK but not great, or really even that good.

    Also the circuit bored for the camera is held in place with a very generous amount of hot glue. and the mic is right behind the camer and not where the 5 little holes are on the front panel.

    I would have liked it to have a flash.

    Bottomline:

    not sure i recommend this, its compatible with all my machines but the quality is not very good. (although acceptable for the price).

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