A while ago I bought a webcam from Creative to use with my computer for video conferencing. As this was a USB camera installation couldn’t be simpler. I just connected it and any drivers were installed subsequently. My primary use was wih Microsoft Net meeting, so I ran it on that program. It guides you through all the optimisation procedures, and there you go, a video cam working. During all this time I did have a few problems with it, but I think it was my fault. It has always provided me with a clear picture, relatively fast (of course a lot of it depends on the connection speed too). It is an awesome way of taking stills too. A program included with the webcam allows you to even create albums of stills and live video. Definitly a good buy, however there are more recent ones that I am sure are better.
This camera makes a nice web-cam on its own, but add the extra feature of a digital camera and it's a superb value. I used to have a Connectix QuickCam VC (parallel port), and was always unhappy with the lag time when videoing, but lived with it. I used to work in a computer store, and when we tested out one of these little WebCamGo's, I was so surprised at how much faster the frames appear. I think the USB connection helps somewhat. Regardless, with 4 Mb of built in memory, this camera holds 90 images at 640x480 and 200 at 320x240, which is outstanding in my book. It has a timer so you can include yourself in the occasional shot, runs off of 2 AAA batteries, and will even take multiple frames, of which you can control the time sequencing! The bad things about it would be the lack of a flash or LCD screen to see what you are actually taking. It does have a viewfinder, but the kind on older film cameras that you have to simply look through (oh how nostalgic). But it still takes great pictures, and the USB connection is so easy to do. Comes with ArcSoft PhotoStudio as well as NetMeeting and a video-editing program to use those frame sequences. We've sold several in our shop with no unsatisfied customers. If you need a webcam and wouldn't mind having a simple digital camera thrown in, this is a good buy.
This camera is very easy to use, since as well as a software controller, it has a push-button on the top, so you can take quick snaps if you want to. It's also possible to record video clips on it. The camera can be focused, and provided you have bright enough light, takes reasonably sharp images. If you have it set up in front of a window, it'll be fine - it seems to have difficulty adjusting colours in dim light, since everything comes out blue-ish! Doesn't bother me, as I have blue hair anyway, but it may be a feature you don't appreciate :) The lead is quite long, so you can take pictures away from the computer, to a small extent. I bought the Creative webcam as a replacement for the dismal Logitech quickcam I'd bought previously. It's a vast improvement!
The Camera is easy to set up, and the software takes about 5 minutes to install. The camera is also very easy to use, since as well as a software controller, it has a push-button on the top, so you can take quick snaps if you want to. It's also possible to record video clips on it. The camera can be focused, and provided you have bright enough light, takes reasonably sharp images. If you have it set up in front of a window, it'll be fine - it seems to have difficulty adjusting colours in dim light, since everything comes out blue-ish! Doesn't bother me, as I have blue hair anyway, but it may be a feature you don't appreciate :) The lead is quite long, so you can take pictures away from the computer, to a small extent. I bought the Creative webcam as a replacement for the dismal Logitech quickcam I'd bought previously. It's a vast improvement!
I bought the WebCam Go! because of its dual-purpose nature - plug it in and it's a webcam; unplug it and it's a digital camera. As a webcam, it is more than satisfactory - I don't have any complaints at all. The software it is packaged with is intuitive and easy to operate. Having said this, if you *only* want a webcam, I would recommend you buy a different one, as the Go! is much more expensive than its webcam-only rivals. The beauty of this camera is that you can unplug it and take photos as though it was a digital camera. The 2xAAA batteries last for approx. 300 photos, and the camera will store up to 96 photos at a time. The maximum camera resolution is 640x480, which is adequate, but not great. The downsides I have found when using it as a camera are that the viewfinder is separate from the lens, so you have to guess whether you have focussed the picture correctly. It can be frustrating to connect it back up to the PC and then find that half your pictures are out of focus. Also, as it doesn't have a flash, the camera works best in bright daylight and can produce poor quality pictures in moderate to dim light. Overall, it is pretty good for what it is. It functions well as a webcam and adequately as a digital camera. If you just want a webcam, buy a dedicated webcam (it will be cheaper); if you just want a digital camera, this one is reasonably priced, but the lack of focussing and flash features may dissuade you. However, if you are after both webcam and camera, this is a pretty good multi-purpose solution.
Although this cam is a little expensive it offers a medium between sleek looks and scalability. The main selling point of this cam is the fact that it can be disconnected and using 4xAAA batteries it can have a memory of up to 90 pictures at a resolution of 640x480. Because this camera uses the fast USB interface it can achieve an acceptable framerate and if your processor is fast enough you can expect decent quality at 320x200 at 16fps which is more than adequate for videoconferencing. The camera's default output is JPEG but this can be changed to raw 16bit and 24bit images however due to the increase in filesize of these uncompressed formats the camera will slow down. The software which comes with the cam is adequate and it is easy to install. You will get by fine by using the default settings. Before if will let you use the camera it presents you with the question whether you are using flourescent lighting and depending on whether you tick yes or no it automatically adjusts the video capture lens frequency to compensate. This is a good camera for all round ease of use.