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      05.03.2003 23:01
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      I have always regarded create products to be of the highest standard and quality, ever since I bought my first computer back in 96, I always had a preference for creative products not only for the above reasons but also their service and price. However when I bought this camera a year ago, my view of creative was let down. The webcam go plus, IS one of the best web cams I have used, but in no way is this a digital camera, in fact its usefulness as a digital camera goes about only as far as being able to take a picture in the best conditions possible. The slightest hint of a cloud in the sky and you can forget it, the quality is seriously poor and close ups are nothing more than a blur. Pretty much the same can be said for the voice recorder feature of the camera, its a nice touch, being about the same size as a Dictaphone you might think useful, well you think wrong, the microphone is weak and you literally have to hold it to you mouth to get any form of clarity from it. ( I my self use a Dictaphone for recording interviews/conversations so recording a two way conversation with this is useless ). The software that is bundled with the camera is adequate and not much can be said for it, it does the job but is rather fiddly, and much more could have been done, such as the format that the files are transferred to your pc as, where they are downloaded to etc... On top of all this the web cam go has a few problems, in the year I have used mine I have had to format the memory of the camera due to corrupted files, being as the memory of this camera is static and non removable I'm already worried that its on its way out. The other major problem appears to be compatibility, I have used my camera on several machines and found that it doesn?t like 98SE and Xp very much but appears ok on 2000 and 98 ( non SE ). In short if your looking for a web cam that you could also use as a digital camera ( in a dire emergency ) look no futher
      , if you are looking for a cheap digital camera you can also use as a web cam, steer well away from this product. One last note the manuals that come with this product are incomplete, the full documentation is actualy available at the creative website.

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        01.11.2001 23:33

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        29.09.2001 17:18

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        excellent onthe whole i think that the camera could be betterbut for that price it was really good - Advantages: web cam, camera, no need for a film - Disadvantages: poor camera

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        12.08.2001 20:00
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        Well, after installing the Mac drivers on my iMac which in itself was a bad experience and being a Mac user Creative labs have only got round to producing an unsupported beta version, which seems a bit strange considering the niche that Mac's have in the graphics market. I was very dissapointed by the quality of the pictures taken when its being used as a digital camera. The colours are appualing (some weird green skies and pink grass pictures were taken with my camera) in all but the best light. When in slideshow mode colour is OK, but hte quality is nothing to shout about. I found that photos taken outside in standard camera mode were only really usable when converted into grayscale in Photoshop, and some adjustment made. As far as the webcam side of it goes, its actually quite reasonable - with decent colour even in poor light. Different sizes and refresh rates can be chosen, and the colour adjusted in great detail - which for such a cheap webcam was impressive. The webcam Go package that came with it seemed to me to be very unproffesionally put together (probably as it is unfinished on the Mac). Overall I would find it hard to reccomend this to a friend - save your money and just get a separate webcam instead (thats all this is useful for!) the quicken webcam is what one of my freinds has got - he seems to get the same webcam quality for about £80 less!

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          12.06.2001 20:39
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          I picked up my Webcam Go Plus and set it up in a few minutes one morning before going to work. At first there were problems with installing the drivers - my PC didn't want to know about the drivers on the CD ROM and said they were not connected to the USB component I had attached (the Webcam). Undeterred I installed the software, powered down my machine, started up again and away I went - 'New Hardware Found', drivers found on the CD ROM, easy to install !! OK so its not cutting edge, it doesn't have all the whisles, bangs and flashes but for what I id (£86 incl vat) it is a great bargain - I couldn't believe what I was getting for my money !! (Tip - if you haven't used Buy.Com they often give £20 or £30 off a first order over a certain amount - so their list price comes down by £20 or £30 - that's what I did !! If you have used them, think about getting someone else to buy it as a present for you !!) The camera is simple to use, the programs for downloading and manipulating images are intuitive to use (I haven't got round to the instructions yet - too much to keep my hands off the camera !!) If you are on a budget, aren't a serious camera buff and just want a WebCam that you can take with you the WebCam go Plus scores very highly. This isn't a camera for an expert or for running off those 'ever-so-important' photos of a lifetime. What it does and for what it is, it does it well - just don't expect miracles !!

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            11.06.2001 20:38
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            This product is driving me mental. I bought this because of its portability and so I didn't have to buy an expensive digital camera. However, it has proved to give pretty poor results all round. The resolution is low, the colours are terrible, and it has great difficulty coping with shadows or too bright sunshine! I recently took it to Australia to snap some pics for my website & email, but it went 'stupid' on me and after 2 photos then said it's memory was full! - All this on day 3 of my holiday. I have also found that Creative's way of setting up & displaying their software is 'unique' (i.e. dodgy). Also, the 'Help' function is SO bad, it harks back to the days of Windows 3.1. All up, I would say do not buy this webcam. Invest your money in a more reputable product, especially when it is around 100 pounds.

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              10.06.2001 21:55
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              I bought my Webcam Go Plus last December, on Tottenham Court Road for £116 with all the usual guarantees. I remember it was pouring with rain, I had to wait hours for a bus home with the cam in its bag well under my coat. I had trouble with installing the drivers, Windows 98 didn't want to know. I had to reboot a couple of times and start again, but I eventually got there. There is quite a bit of software that comes with the cam. Some of it I don't bother with, but I have found Webcam photo editor very easy to use. Yes the big plus about this camera is that you can use it away from the PC as well. The quality of pics to put online is fine, but if you wanted quality prints then you would have to pay out a lot more for a digital camera. If you go to the homepage I have linked in my profile, and click on the link "Our Friends". there are four links to pictures of cats. (Alfie, Charlie, Cindy, Frodo, Grendel) These were all taken with my camera. I am very well travelled and have a lot of friends overseas, so this is an excellent, fun way of keeping in touch with those are online with a PC powerful enough to cope with conferencing. I use Net Meeting and my friends say that they can see me just fine, although sometimes they complain that the image is a little dark. This might be due to the fact that I have quite dim lighting in my flat, so I am considering getting a cheap desk lamp to put on when I am using the cam to conference. I have not tried making video clips but the ability to do this in my opinion makes this Webcam excellent value. I would recommend it to anyone considering buying a camera to take fun snaps and conference.

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                29.05.2001 02:38

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                I don't know why this combined webcam and digital camera gets such good reviews. I suppose it's OK as a (expensive) webcam but the quality of the digital pictures is very disappointing. In fact, they're almost useless unless you have third party software to touch them up (lighten, sharpen etc.). Product build is good and it connects easily to a PC. Its webcam functionality is good and it runs well under Windows 2000. But the still picture quality kills it as a digital camera. The pictures are grainy, and completely lacking in colour and vitality. The supplied software is very average - it works most of the time but occasionally decides not to play ball. I sold mine on QXL after a few disappointing months of use. Avoid - unless you want an expensive webcam.

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                05.05.2001 23:30

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                Great little web camera that has many faces. 1) Web Cam for video conference works with all major packages via standard Windows video interface, let down by no focus and poor tripod support. 2) Digital Camera very good for those little snaps but its let down my no flash, however if the lighting conditions are excellent then click away. 3) Voice memo recorder great for quick verbal description of those little snappy pictures. I could see this product being use by people like estate agents, valuers or anyone else that needs a quick solution to photographic proof. The price and advantages outway the disadvantages if you wish to use this camera in more than one way however if you just wish to use it in one way, such as video conference or just digital pictures then you would better off looking elsewhere.

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                12.03.2001 00:09
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                This piece of kit is a webcam and portable digital camera with voice annotation. It's main use is as awebcam, sitting on top of your computer, for video confrencing, takin pictures, and recrding videos to send to friends. The quality while docked is amazing, with full colour and high res quality. It automaticaly adjusts according to light, and even works quite well in low light. The images are stored on your HD, but can be put onto disk, and you can compile and burn your own CDROM photo albums (with a CD-RW drive) Now for the fun and hi-tech bit. All webcams are stuck on your PC, and stopped working when uynplugged right? Wrong! The CL WGP can ce detached and used a still camera. It can take upto 150 quality images, although quality can be turned up, reducing picture allowance. But even at low re, the pictures are very good quality, in or outdoors. It even comes with a carry case. There is no flash, and at low light it is pretty poor. You can take a few seconds of video too ( replacing the stills), and annotate certain photos with the 120 second digital voice recording. The LCD screen tells you the mode, it beeps when a photo is taken and shuts off after 1 min. There is also a self timer! Creative labs are renowned for this type of thing, and have learned from other companies mistakes. I cannot fault it! It needs a 200mhz or faster processor, 32MB RAM and a USB port. You need 128mb of HD space for all the extra software (which is not really required). This is not a real digital camera, as it has no screen, and the pics aren't as good, but for £100 it'll do!!!!

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                26.12.2000 13:47
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                This is a digital PC webcam, portable digital camera with digital voice annotation all rolled into one. Its main feature is as a webcam for videoconferencing, sending full-motion video email or creating multimedia web sites. The video picture quality when in this mode is excellent. Its default setting is 320x240 video size, RGB24 colour mode at 30 frames per second. It auto adjusts for brightness etc, although prefers some level of natural daylight in the room or a light positioned behind the camera. All videos and images are stored in the media directory on the pc and you can email them direct via the webcam software or manually via outlook etc. However perhaps its more advanced features become apparent via its ability to unplug and "Go" with you when you are out and about (it comes with a carry case which fits neatly into your top pocket). It takes 16.7 million colours up to 640x480 jpg type digital pictures (it can store 150 on its 8mb memory) which are actually of a very good quality, even when used indoor, considering there is no flash. It can also take rolling sequences (15 frames a second) and includes a time delay option and you can annotate each picture as you take them, with comments or general background sound. It has a LCD display where you can change its mode and see how many pictures are left. It emits a little "beep" each time it takes a picture. It also auto shuts off after about a minute to save battery life. Creative Labs appear to have thought of most things when they produced this camera. It really is an extention of lesser webcams in their range, so I reckon they should know what they are doing by now. The box states that system requirements are a genuine Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon family processor running at 200mhz or higher. Mine is an Intel Celeron 433 which seems to cope ok. It apparently needs 32mb of ram (although I would guess it prefers 64) and a USB port or a powered USB hub. W
                indows 98 will autodetect the webcam device and install the driver, although it required putting the windows 98 cd in to do this. You'll need 120 of hard disk space for all the software goodies that come with the webcam. I have managed to make the software "fall over" a couple of times, since it seems not to like the right mouse button clicking option, and when I've been trying to configure it for video compression. However I have only been using it a short while so far, so am hopeful that I will fathom it all out in due course. It should be remembered that uncompressed video clips that you make at its optimum resolution, and then save, will take great chunks out of your available hard disk space! So far I have been impressed with the results from this product, although you have to remember that it is not a "true" digital camera, but then I didn't want to shell out £300, so this will do me fine for now.

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                  07.08.2000 06:37
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                  Not got the money for all the fun things you need for a computer? Well who needs a scanner, digi-camera AND a video camera. Not you if you buy one of these. I was on the look out for something i could take pictures with and video conference with and this is it. They cost about £100 approx depending on where you go but they are worth it if you cannot be bothered with films and developing. This webcam is a camera aswell as a dictaphone plus video recorder. There are 3 versions at the moment of 2mb, 4mb and 8mb. This will not mean anything yet but it depends on how many pictures you want to take. The Go plus has sound recording mobility which helps for the business minded people out there. You can press record and talk as much as you like although there is a few minutes limit. The sizes of memory above are only important for the amounts of pictures you take. There are various resolutions to pic from 160x120 upto 640x480. The average monitor runs at 640x480 or 800x600, so this tells you how big pictures can be. Generally you would use 640x480 which you would get 94 pictures with an 8mb version. 320x240 can be about 250 images. All the settings can be altered and adjusted in the Web control in windows which is very easy to use although a little slow. From this control centre you can record videos and play them back instantly. There are compression tools in the software that limit a video file of 25mb to about 300k so you can e-mail them to friends or family. You can alter images, sound and video from in here to compress all files to very small. The camera when it is mobile can be used for taking pictures with ease, although no zoom function or good lighting conrol can bring the odd bad picture. I would definetely reccomend this piece of toolkit to anyone in search of saving photo albums on your computer or just printing them off. It is easy to use once you know how but it is advisable to install Adobe Reader and print the instructions ou
                  t. Otherwise you will struggle as it can be confusing and you may be able to do things easier. Got £100 and want a novelty item or a useful piece of kit once understood then get this but learn first otherwise you will not use its full potential.

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