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The Logitech E1000 webcam was the first webcam I'd ever used, in conjunction with my first laptop. To be frank, I didn't really need a webcam, as I dislike video calls. However, a webcam is a simple way to take pictures sans a digital camera (all the faff of SD cards) or phone (all the faff of emailing it to yourself). I was not expecting too much of the Logitech E1000: just to be user-friendly and take pictures to an acceptable standard.
The E1000 is a typical non-integrated webcam, being of spherical design for the camera component and having a blade of plastic that comes down to affix to the top of the laptop lid/screen. It is around 5 inches tall and 7 inches wide, with a plastic blade of around 5 inches. It is made of black plastic. As webcams go, it's generic.
Likewise, the functions of the webcam are equally generic. To use, plug into a USB and the webcam's software automatically downloads and configures itself. There is a window that automatically opens to view the webcam's feed on your computer. You can adjust the brightness and saturation through this window, but for sharpness, you have to adjust the iris section on the webcam (the plastic ring on the outside of the camera's 'eye') by rotating it tighter or looser as needed. I found that the webcam's iris was extremely loose when I first set it up, but it was fine when tightened.
The picture quality was the first disappointment with the webcam. It had so much grain, it could feed a third-world nation. Despite many adjustments, both to the hardware and software, this never really abated. However, the picture quality is just about acceptable for everyday needs. I found that the picture was tinted heavily with blue, possibly due to the light quality of my room; this too was disappointing and pictures often needed to be edited.
The actual motion the webcam detected was very good, as it didn't freeze or stutter. Obviously the image of yourself (or anything else) the webcam detects is shown flipped, like a mirror. This may sound obvious, but this webcam picks up only motion, not sound, which you will need a microphone for as well. I do not rate down the E1000 for this, as it is very much a basic model.
The longevity of the webcam was reasonable. After a while, the blade of plastic that fixed the webcam steady started to weaken, and the webcam kept falling off my laptop more and more frequently - eventually to its death.
I found this webcam very user-friendly - simply fix it to your laptop, plug it into the USB, let it install itself and Robert is your uncle. Aesthetically speaking, it wasn't bad either, and it was easy to take off the laptop and store away in the box again. However, in our increasingly HD world, there isn't really room for a webcam with such poor video/picture quality. If I had bought this with the intent of video chatting, I would have been very disappointed.
The price reflects the quality, in this case, as it is currently selling for around £5 on Amazon. You could probably find it cheaper. This is a good webcam for beginners, especially for non-techies (for example, a grandparent) but don't expect any bargains for the price paid.
I purchased the Logitech Quickcam E 1000 back when computers were new for me. I didn't have my own computer and so I used my Grandad's computer. Now the computer was quite old, therefore i was worried that the camera wouldn't take the webcam and would crash the whole computer resulting in me paying for a brand new one. Thankfully this didn't happen! As soon as i got home from buying this wonderful product which at the time cost me the best part of £30... as I said, i bought it a while ago. I whipped it out of the box, plugged it into the computer, waited 5 minutes before the Computer began to recognize that I had plugged something into the USB port that hadn't been there before! Hurrah!
After the Computer recognised this I didn't need to insert the disk that came with the Webcam to make it work it worked automatically. It installed a programme on to my computer that didn't take up a huge load of space, i'm not sure of the actual figure but it was most definately under 500mb. After this i restarted my computer, which is best to do when you introduce any new peice of hardware to your computer system that it's not familiar with. The same thing applies to if there are any new peices of software on your computer.
Once the computer had booted up the Logitec screen poppped up asking what it was i wanted to do with the webcam. I could have make funny pictures using different sorts of styles such as Sepia or Black and White, i use the Black and white occasionally to take pictures, i look better in black in white than in colour. With the picture option you were then able to make birthday cards and all sorts, if you were connected to the internet it then gave you the option to send these cards. Very Clever Stuff.
I first tried out my new webcam by talking to a great friend via MSN, i automatically was able to see my friend and they were able to see me, the microphone on the camera also allowed for a video call, which is free and more personal than typing and seeing someone laugh at what it is you have said.
Video Calling is brilliant if you are away from loved ones for a long time and wish to see them and know that everyone is well and happy!
Overall i would most definaltely reccomend this product to anyone who is looking to buy a webcam with great quality and awesome added on features. Happy Video Calling!
the price reflects the quality of this webcam... very low.
however it is perfect for people who only use it every now and then and dont want to spend money on something flash. however i enjoy using skype and for that it is abismal.
the picture quality is not very good and for its price there are a few other webcams on the market that come a little bit better than these.
there are not many settings available for this webcam and it can take a while to connect. i was exremely disapointed with the colour quality and sharpness of the video images and also the still images were not much better.
my advice would be to look for one that is more expensive if you video call people because you can get a wider range of settings and also you will notice the massive difference in the picture and colour detail and quality. and you will also get very good headset.microphone with many of the higher priced products.
however for the basics this webcam is a very good buy and i would definately recommend it as it is compatible with many things.
also tends to freeze quite often where as more expensive models do not
I just bought the Logitech QuickCam E-1000 and it works great! i have had no problems and if you just want a webcam to talk with other people and dont want to spend over $50 for one, this is it. I got mine for only $20.