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webcam, which is best?

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March 31, 2003 11:47:21 PM

hey i ant to buy a web cam, after a little research i've concluded that either "3com homeconnect webcam" or the logitech 4000 pro is best. my main concern is which can get 60fps at higher res, and who can get 30fps at higher res. any info would be great! thanks

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March 31, 2003 11:55:43 PM

Ok, this is kinda synical but... webcams suck.

Unless you are going to hook your home video camera up to your computer, it's very unlikely you will get anything resembling a spectacular image.

Frame rates are limited by many things... USB traffic, network bandwidth, camera limitations, resolution, etc. You may get 40 or 50 fps in self-view but the minute you put it on line it's likely to drop to 10 or even 5 depending on your bandwidth and server traffic.

My suggestion? Buy a cheapy and don't worry too much about specs. The in-use difference between a $30.00 cam and a $150.00 cam is $120.00, and that's about all.




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March 31, 2003 11:59:16 PM

thanks for the advice, i'll probably buy a $30 one.
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April 1, 2003 12:09:13 AM

What you should probably do, is find a couple on display and get a better look before you buy. You might want the $35.00 one because it has better drivers :smile: .


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April 1, 2003 5:37:43 AM

look for the one saying CCD in the specs, the others are lower quality.
the ones with CCD give you a pretty good picture quality for a webcam, the non CCD's have problems giving decent picture quality, colors, also have problems with proper lighting.

not a bad idea looking up people with webcams and see, if you see some with the quality you like then ask which brand/model they use. nothing beats looking it up to know what you can expect and make a decision on which brand/model to buy.

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April 1, 2003 5:57:54 AM

Ummm... all solid state cameras use Charge Coupled Devices now. Even the $30.00 ones.





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April 1, 2003 2:32:47 PM

cheaper cameras use CMOS sensor not CCD

With CMOS sensor:
Creative Labs: PC-Cam 350, 550, Webcam Pro, WebCam, CardCam, CardCam Value
Logitech: QuickCam Cordless, QuickCam Notebooks, ClickSmart 310, 420, QuickCam Express, QuickCam Web
D-Link: DSB C100, C110, C300, C310, DSC-350F


With CCD Sensor:
Creative Labs: PC-Cam 750, 600, Webcam Pro eX
Logitech: QuickCam Pro 3000, 4000, QuickCam Notebooks Pro, ClickSmart 510
ADS: Pyro 1394

and the list goes on...
Some others are a guess since they don't tell you what type of sensor it comes with.

As you see NOT ALL webcams come with CCD sensor!

Missleading information is worse than no information at all



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April 2, 2003 3:46:41 AM

thanks, for that info man. I'll look around more before i purchase.
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