I purchased this a few years ago while on a hunt for a simple webcam that would enable me to do Skype with family and friends and also to take quick snap shots. I purchased this for around £25 from eBay, however looking around on the internet the price has gone down considerably considering there are a lot more advanced webcam options available, and not to mention a lot of new laptops have a webcam already installed. The price ranges from around £10-20, however of course there would be some cheaper options on eBay depending on whether you prefer a brand new one or a used/seller refurbished.
Installation and set up is very easy thanks to the installation software that comes with the webcam. The software consists of one CD that contains all the software needed to use the camera. It has handy camera drivers, Netmeeting, Quickcam tools many other bits and bobs to make the camera run smoothly and effortlessly. The installation process takes literally a few minutes and all you have to do is make a cup of tea while the software installs all the necessary tools automatically. I was very pleased with how easy it was to install and setup as I was a little dreading having deal with the technical aspects considering I am not the savviest person when it comes to technology.
It is easy and stress free to connect due to its USB connection cable that comes with the webcam. I personally prefer USB connection when it comes to devices as they are a lot more stress free and easy to remove.
~~ Experience ~~
I personally found this webcam to be great, and was more than happy with it. The picture quality is good, it is not HD quality however but it is still very visible and clear. The size of the screen picture is small in size but for me personally it is fit for its purpose which is for home use and just for fun. It does have a useful focus tools installed in the software so you can easily adjust the clarity and focus during use, and alternatively you can use the focus adjustment lens that can be done easily by hand. I like that it allows the focus to be adjusted by hand as it found it to be quicker and a good little tool for us less technical people!
The webcam is nice small in size and very compact making it portable which is even better when it comes to travelling abroad and needing a little camera to keep in touch with friends and family at home.
I use this webcam camera to take pictures and also do some Skyping and sometimes end short video messages to friends and family abroad. I was pleased with the standard of the pictures and video. Therefore it is great for home use only and would not recommend this for work purposes and would suggest spending the extra money for a more advanced and higher quality camera.
The standard of video emails are surprisingly great and the process and usability is also really well designed and easy to do and even contains instructions in the email for the receiver to follow if they get stuck on how to view the video. The software includes the video email software and does all the compressing and fiddling with the finished video so that is ready to send.
The downside is that the webcam does not have a integrated speaker or mic so therefore I had to buy one separately, which was not a huge problem as they are quite cheap in price.
~~ Conclusion ~~
Would I recommend this: YES
Why? Easy to install, simple to use and for the price it is perfect for home use and taking along with you during your travels.
Webcams are the way forward when it comes to communicating online, or at least thts what the manufacturers would have you believe.
the truth is we are only really looking at it becoming a current technology now with the advent of broadband.
Braodband actually gives much higher transfer rates of data so your camera wont be jumping and jerking.
But still, I went out and bought myself a logitech camera about a year ago to communicate online with my friends in America.
I wanted a cheap way to show and view my friends in New York rather than pay international phone calls.
I did not spend enough time evaluating products and went for the cheapest camera I could find.
I decided to purchase a Logitech Quick Cam for £24.99.
Instaling was fine as it was a USB connection. This allows for faster data transfer than a parallel connecting camera.
The PC automatically detected it and installed the necessary drivers and applications direct form the CD.
How dissapointing it was to see the quality of picture after I had installed in on my PC.
The grain of the picture can be likened to golfballs with contrast extremely bad. The images have a very fuzzy appearance and very brown in colour.
It is extremely hard to focus precisely and is focused using a manual adjustment. The picture is very blue in appearance and very grainy.
You can alter the picture set up by changing the RGB setup but I find that then the brightness is affected and its hard to get a true balance.
Egonomically, its hard to get it to sit right. Its a badly designed ball that sits in a tripod cradle.
The cable on the camera is very rigid and keeps forcing the camera to move in its tripod and not stay still.
With the applications that you get with the camera, oyu can take still pictures of your self to send to people, put together little video clips or communicate online with your friends.
I find linking it up through Microsoft Netmeeting gives the best results as it is a compatible camera for that.However for the quality of image that you can get from a more expensive camera, it is worth paying an extra 20 pounds to get a decent camera with a microphone on it too. £25 for this as its really not worth its money and not the normal standard of product that I have come to expect of Logitech.
Come on Logitech, lets see an improvement.
My webcam broke recently and my neighbour kindly lent me one of his old ones. It is a Logitech Quickcam express and is white in colour. I believe that the original price of this was somewhere around the £20.00 mark when he purchased his but this can now be found for just £7.00 or so on Amazon.co.uk, also in white.
This webcam comes with a stand that allows it to be stood on the top of my home computer monitor. This works well and it is very simple to manoeuvre in to position, however, I could not adjust this enough to connect it to the edge of my laptop which was a real shame. I found that the webcam was easy enough to adjust to ensure I was displaying just the right of me on the screen when talking to my Mum on Skype. There is a twist focus on the front of the camera, around the lens, that allows me to adjust the focus to ensure that the image looks as crisp or sharp as it can. This webcam is small and lightweight too which is usually always a positive with technology.
The image that this webcam emits is not too bad at all. My Mum can see me clear, can see my cat if I want to show her off and I feel that the picture of me that is shown is not too bad at all. When I take a still picture using this it comes across quite good also. I do find that the image can be a little 'sticky' at times on the screen but I have never found it to run perfectly with Skype, this is probably because I am using an older PC with Windows XP on it. I should point out that this works fine with Windows XP but I believe, from looking online, that it does not work at all with Windows 7 and I am not able to find if this works with Vista either. I would only really recommend it for an older computer in that respect.
This webcam was incredibly simple to use, I just plugged in, installed the software within 2 or 3 minutes and then this was ready to use. There was no problems during set up and I found it very simple to follow and set up. This just connects to my computer via a USB port which my computer has four of anyway. This can be used for taking photographs and videos also to send over e-mail and numerous different formats are supported including BMP, JPEG & TIFF. You can add voice when recording videos and I do this with a separate microphone.
Overall I would say that this is a very reasonable webcam, especially considering my neighbour used it for 3 or 4 years himself before putting it away for another year or two before he lent it to me. That is a sign of good value for money I believe and while this will be rendered useless soon with technology changing as much as it does it has certainly given a lot of entertainment for such a small amount of money.
Having a webcam allows me to get in contact with my Mum and while I have a mobile phone contract with lots of 'free' minutes this is a fantastic way for her to see me and I can see as she uses a webcam also! Its nice to check in with my Mum as I really miss her and what better way than via the internet!
So then, webcams in general are a fantastic way of keeping in touch with loved ones or friends when away from home for long periods of time. I really feel that they add something to a phone call, where you can obviously listen and speak, but you cannot see each other. With the new advent and popularity of skype and other internet based chatting services, the webcam has really become even more important. Skype allows you to make free phone calls, and with a webcam, you can see each other too, so it is a really good idea to buy one, and in my experience in this market, value is what you have to find, as their is little between the products really, so find one where the price is right for you.
As you can see from the photo, the webcam has a little seat which allows you to place it onto your desk or on your laptop, and then is a small circular ball with a wire out the back. The design is nice, its small, but big enough to operate without squinting, and really does not look like an eyesaw or anything nasty when it sits on your desk!
Setting it up
The USB cable makes this part of the webcam a really highlight. It is so simple to operate, simply using plug and play technology. Place the cable into the USB port on your camera, and hey presto, your face will soon emerge onto the screen. There is also some software that comes with it, which is good to install, as it gives you a few extra features like creating videos and adding effects to your picture, which can be good fun and enjoyable.
I see that a lot of other people on here have slated this aspect of the camera, which is a little harsh. Okay so the picture is not fantastic, it certainly isn't HD ready, but it does a job, and is perfectly serviceable for all your basic needs. What people don't realise is that sometimes picture quality is also determined by your internet speed, so if you don't have that, it really is irrelevant to spend mega bucks on one of these types of product.
The focus is operated by turning a small little bezel on the front of the camera. This is really easy to do, and won't take you long, and in my experience, one you have done it, you won't need to change it.
I believe this is available on the internet for a very reasonable £25, but shop around to ensure that you have the best deal.
So there you have it, its a good product, at a good price, so if you are hunting for this kind of product, i would certainly buy one of these.
This is a great little camera for a great little price! I Have had it for over a year now and it provides a great picture and is compatible with most computers! Its great for taking pictures, using on MSN Messenger and for recording videos for home movies! So whatever your needs are it pretty much fulfills all of them. This camera is available for as little as £10 and it doesn't go much higher. It can be bought from any good computer store such as Comet Or Currys. Its standard method of connection is USB and its a sturdy little thing too. Mine has fallen down the back of my desk plenty of times and it has still managed to provide the crystal clear image that it did on the first day of using it! So if you are looking for an all round camera... this may just be the one!
Logitech Quickcam Express
I got a webcam 2 years ago as I was moving to the UK and it would enable me to keep in contact with my dad who also has the same webcam.
Logitech Quickcam Express is like a mini digital video camera. Quickcam Express can bought starting from £10 at www.novatech.co.uk up to around £30 from www.dell.co.uk. I bought mine on promotion 2 webcams for £30. Or on Ebay starting at 99p to about £10. Just shop around to find the cheapest deal for you.
The webcam is a ball shape with a small bit at the bottom that fits into the stand that comes with it. The stand acts like a small tripod so it doesn't fall off the top of your computer. Although, you have to move it around a lot to get the position you want so it doesn't chop half your head off.
The colour of the webcam is off white and the lens of the webcam is trimmed in a pale blue. There's the Logitech logo on the top of the webcam and also has a blue button. This button is for taking quick and easy pictures or to start recording with the webcam. The webcam is 4cm x 3cm x 4cm and weighs about 200 grams.
The digital capture speed is 30 frames per second so the motion on the webcam is quite fluid and doesn't stick too much unless you're running a lot of programs on your PC. You can put it in black & white or colour. The colour is in 24-bit (16.7 million colours). There's hardly any colour bleeding when you look at the picture.
The video resolution has three options
160 x 120 - Gives the best quality picture but is the smallest in size
320 x 240 - Gives good quality picture and is a good size of image
640 x 480 - The biggest in size, slightly less in the quality
I like to use 160 x 120 if I'm sending anything to my boyfriend as it makes me look better and I use 320 x 240 for talking to people. I rarely use the 640 x 480 setting as I feel like it washes me out and shows all the imperfections in my skin.
The image resolution is 640 x 480 and several different image formats can be chosen. JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PCX, PSD, PNG, TGA.
You can link audio to your webcam so when you are using the video options, you can have picture as well as audio. You will have to have a microphone for this.
The focus on the webcam can be changed by turning the blue rim on the lens of the webcam. Do this when you're using the software so you can judge what the correct setting is for you.
This webcam can be used with
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows ME
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows XP Home and Professional Edition
The system requirements are
PC with minimum of 266 MHz, 32mb of RAM and has 100mb of hard disk space for the drivers and the software that goes with it.
You connect the webcam through the USB port and it comes with software to manage everything from the colour sharpness of the webcam to the taking still images with your webcam. It's designed to be plug and play and is quite easy to set-up. Just follow the instructions in the manual that comes in the box. Then just pop the CD in and install the software, which is called Image Studio.
The software - Image Studio
You have four options when you start this program
The light blue tab - Create pictures and videos - This is where you can make still images and record videos of yourself, the family pet or whoever. Also this is the best place to change the webcam's settings for example to sharpness of the video picture or turn on autobalance. Go to basic setting. The button is next to the button with 160 x 320 in it underneath the picture of the webcam. From there, you can also go to advanced settings and change it to suit you but be careful as it's very easy to mess up the settings on the colour and sometimes, it takes awhile to get the right again.
The yellow tab - Create a webcam - You can setup a website that takes continuously pictures from your camera and displays them on that webpage for your family and friends.
The dark blue tab - Broadcast Live Video - You can turn your home into a TV station and you can record yourself 24/7 and broadcast yourself to the world using this option.
The grey tab - Look at my gallery - This is an archive for all your videos and images. You can edit the pictures and videos, set the picture as Windows wallpaper or send the pictures to your friend by email.
At the bottom, there's buttons for settings, web links, Help and Close ImageStudio
This settings is different to the settings in Create pictures and videos. This setting is where you can test your microphone to work alongside your webcam also options about the programme starting up when Windows starts up and emails options.
Also on the CD comes, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Logitech IM Video companion and SpotLife VideoSnap. Imagestudio comes in different languages and so does the Logitech IM Video companion but Yahoo Instant Messenger and SpotLife VideoSnap only in English on my CD.
So now you have the webcam setup and working what are you going to use it for.
Through the internet, you can talk to your loved ones and family members' faces to faces using AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM), Microsoft Messenger (MSN) and varies other programs to but also you can take still images of yourself to send to them when they're offline or when they just want a picture of you. It's cheaper than owning a digital camera but the quality isn't as good.
To use with the messengers, you have to follow the instructions of each messenger in the help guides as they do vary in setup. A program that will help you with that is Logitech IM Video companion. With that all setup, it's very easy to have a chat to anyone you want and is just as easy as picking up the phone and dialling a number. Also it's cheaper than using the phone especially if the people you're talking to are far away and if you use the audio chat and the webcam together, it's almost like you're in the same room as them.
My webcam came with a 2 year guarantee but if you do have any problems with your webcam before or after your guarantee is up, looking in your manual or check out Logitech's support at http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/support/home/GB/EN,crid=271&categoryid=127
There you will find, support for your webcam but also downloads and upgrades for the drivers. The site is easy to navigate and basic.
It's a great webcam and I've used it loads of time to save money on phone calls which is important to me as I'm a poor student (not that poor though). I think everyone likes to save money, I know there's a lot of cheap phone company out there that offer video calls but what company can beat FOR FREE.
There's hardly any delay on it. When you move, the webcam shows you moving. The quality is acceptable but can get a bit jerky when you're using a lot of programs or you don't have much RAM to spare. This webcam might not be top of the range but it does its job.
On word of advice though, not about you using your webcam but you accepting to see other people's webcams as sometimes guys that you think you know might flash more than you wanted to it.
That aside the Logitech Quickcam Express is a little gem.
I got Logitech webcam almost a year ago for $19. This is the most basic and cheap model of Logitech. I got this model because I only have to use it once in a while when I talk to my friends and family. I thought how bad it can be but guess what I was surprised to see what Logitech had to offer with this stupid webcam. There is not a good thing I can think about this webcam. First of all its shape there is just no elegance to this webcam. Plus not to mention the stupid design of the webcam. The cord is so heavy that it won?t let the webcam sit on the top of the monitor and every now and then you have to get up and make the angle right. The resolution is even worse. You can?t take a clear picture. To give you idea how pathetic the quality of he picture is I have to tell you tell you a little story. When I first used this webcam and talked to my mom she asked me ?what happened to your complexion. You were fair what happened to you my son. You look black.? It took me quite a bit of time to convince my mom that it is the webcam?s poor resolution and tat there is nothing wrong with me. The only thing I like is the software that comes with this webcam. This software gives you plenty of things to do. You can take pictures make movies and post them online to the website of Logitech. But what to do with the software if the pictures and movies are not good. This webcam is sitting on my computer desk for last six months and I have not used it. I would prefer to chat with my friends with a webcam than using this webcam. I would recommend avoiding this webcam and buying a little expensive one. ?Spend a little more pennies and get a good thing? that is what I have learnt after my experience with this webcam.
This is a good basic camera but it is a bit splotchy on the action. My girlfriend and her friends have an internet webiste utilizing web-cams. They have 6 of these cameras linked up in a special "web" room in my basement. We have all the windows taped up to keep out the voyuers looking for a free show. I am sure most of my neighbors know what is going on down there. I mean they see 3-4 hot chics each day coming over to my house at odd hours. Or they may think I am a hell of a lucky guy. Anyway to the camera. When the girls are moving at a relatively normal pace the camera seems to give out excellent pictures for the price. Even the closeups are very clear. Most of the guys watching the cams request close-ups anyway, so like I said they do a great job. My only complaint is when we have naked jump rope or topless pillow fights. This is when the camera just cant seem to keep up. The image gets a bit splotchy. Just last week we had an office of Japaneese business men requesting naked jump roping. I dont understand why the Japaneese love topless sports. So we had three girls taking turns and doing double dutch. Just imagine 3 chics with 36C to 38DD jumping rope while we are billing $5.99 american a minute to watch this glorious event. Well these damn guys kept sending messages that everything was all blurry and that they were not getting their money's worth. Fat chance they were going to get their money back but I am still concerned about the quality of the product we put out. At first I thought it might be the speed of input they were downloading the streaming image with but after checking with them, they had plenty of band width. They must have had damn near the whole company's server open to this webiste. Finally I checked with my local computer guru...he builds alot of cool websites...Check out SuckBangBlow.com....and no it is not a porno site....although there may be a few naked chics on this site. It is a Harley site in Myr
lte Beach, SC. Anyway he came over and checked things out and finally came up with the conclusion that we needed cameras with better lenses and something about the software not feeding enough bits or something like that. Anyway we are now only using the Logitech QuickCam express cams for masturbation stuff. To summarize it is great cam for average daily use.....but do not buy it for alot of action streaming video.
~Remember thinking about how great it would be to own a webcam? Remember imagining how great it would be to have a video chat with a friend over the Internet? I do. I remember thinking about the ease of use and the TV like picture quality that we can get from our webcam.~ Waking up and seeing video footage from NASA TV and the like I soon realized that a webcam was not really going to be the quality that I had hoped for. I thought that getting Broadband internet would solve the problem, and the oodles of bandwidth would allow me to send and receive good quality live video. So when I got the Broadband last September, a webcam soon went first place on my wish list. I would have bought one, if I had loads of money to buy one. The problem was that I didn?t. Who has eh? So like most people, I had a low budget. By this time Christmas was well on its way, so when Argos had a buy on get one free deal on the Quickcam express how could I turn it down? I could give the free one to my dad and I could chat with my family over the net for less money than the cost of a phone call. So I bought it. Them, whatever. The USB connection Sounded like it would prove easy connection. It was. I am running Windows XP Home, and without the installation CD, Windows was showing me looking at, erm, me. After getting over the initial shock of seeing myself (I?m sure I?m not that ugly really?!?!) I thought a good idea would be to install the provided software. After that was done, I had a little play around with the photo / video etc software. I made a 5 minute video consisting of myself going cross eyed (well you have to don?t you?) I thought very highly of the camera. The picture quality was as I had expected for a camera of this price, and for all general purposes would do me just fine. The next major test would be to see how it did performed with my broadband internet. I had yahoo messenger installed, so that was my first port of call. All I can say is how
impressed I was with the way it just worked. I was broadcasting my ugly mug over the net on my first attempt. Yahoo has a thing called ?super mode? which allows you to broadcast lots of video detail. The quality that yahoo sent certainly was good enough for me, and probably would be adequate for most users. I then tried using MSN Messenger to do the same thing. Ha, what a laugh that was. I could get it to work then, and I cant get it to work now. To be honest, I know nobody that has their webcam working on MSN. (Let me know if you have!) So I continue to use yahoo, despite the lack of contacts compared to my MSN. Lots of people here at dooyoo have slated the quality of this cam, but its only a webcam. Its not designed for dvd quality home movies. Broadcasting over the internet, many more expensive cams can?t show any better quality, especially if you are on 56k. Video quality out of the way, And the zero audio providing a rubbish read, the next main issue is the physical layout of the camera. You know the shape. A cute ball sat atop a triangular base. Looks simple enough, but trying to position the cam so that your face is in the center can be quite tricky. The vertical adjustment can be a pain, as you need two hands, one on the ball part, the other on the base. Once positioned, the camera is very likely to move again afterwards. This is due to the weight and stiffness of the lead. I have solved the problem by blue tacking a bulldog clip to the back of my monitor, clipping the cable in a position, which allows the best movement of the camera. You might find this sounds a bit annoying, and it you?d be right. It is! The focus is done by turning the bezel on the front. I set the focus when I first got the cam. I haven?t needed to since. The focus range its at now is fairly broad, so I can half the distance between me and the camera, and the focus is still good. The colour does sometimes go a little wacky when you turn
on a light in the room, but it auto adjusts. It takes a bit of time, but it doesn?t really ruin the webcam experience. So there you have it. That?s what I think of the camera. Read some more reviews, then make your choice. Just make sure you tidy your room before you show it to the world!!! Hope you enjoyed my review, thanks for taking the time to read it.
The camera itself is a odd little ball fellow, very 'Prisoner' esque. I perched it atop my monitor, plugged in the connector, installed and software and everything pretty much took care of itself. The supplied software is the usual fair of video-conferencing and video e-mail drivel. Your best bet is to download the updated version of netmeeting and let it go at that. No frills, good software and a nice little camera to back it up. The picture quality is good at low-resolution, with high-res (640x480) letting is down as these cheaper cameras usually do. The audio quality is average and a little echo-ey in comparison to other webcams I've used. Another nice buy on eBay or if you're getting it as a freebie. I wouldn't want to invest my hard earned cash in one, there's just not enough features for the money you spend. On the subject? I've had hell getting it to work consistently on Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Windows 98 SE is 100% cool with it though, after all it's only the USB version of the earlier parallel camera.
Cheap, does what it says on the box, never given me any problems, used it for over a year now and I am happy with my purchase. When you are looking to buy a new product I think, as a consumer, what you really need to look at is 'Does it do what it says on the box?'. The answer to this question in relation to the Logitech Quickcam Express is.... YES IT DOES!! Lets have a look at the evidence. On the box it says as a title for the product: 'The simple way to get closer, capture stills and video, email them anywhere, meet face-to-face online'. Well I have used my camera to indeed - take pictures, of which the quality and so size of the file is easily adjustable - record video of my baby cousin so that they might see it when they grow up - emailed the video and picture files to people, altering the size of the file with the ample software provided with the cam - met face-to-face with friends and colleagues online. I think that those people who are complaining about blurry pictures, dont breathe or the quality is awful etc need to reassess what they are using here. It is a small camera which has been bought to use with your computer, not to do a shoot of the lastest Star Wars film, and not to do extreme close ups...why you want to do those I am still not sure, but I will NOT ask!! My advice is to def get hold of this cheap and cheerful package, but if you want something which does a little bit more, then read my review on the L'Espion digital camera which also doubles up as a webcam.
I purchased this web cam some months ago. I rushed home, installed the software and I plugged it in and I was pretty impressed with what I seen. The image was clear and it looked great until.....I moved! The cam was set at maximum resulution (640 x 480) and couldn't handle quick movements. I moved my arm and two years later it moved on screen (slight exageration but it was pretty slow!) At 320 x 240 res the cam offers "real time" movement but the picture quality leaves something to be desired. The lowest res is 160 x 120 which displays a ridiculous small blocky image. Before you judge this camera by the above comments, please take into consideration that this cam is very cheap! Expect to pay around £35.00 from a good computer dealer. The camera is mounted on a small pyramid shaped stand and is easy to point in the desired direction. The weight of the thick cable sometimes causes the camera to move, which can be very annoying especially at times of intimate cyber activities (just joking ;-)) The installation of the software is reasonably quick and the bundled games are a great laugh! One particular game (shoop) invloves a basketball which you must hit into the basket with you hand or head!! These interactive games are great and I would reccomend this cam soley to play these games! Overall this cam offers high quality still images but is pretty poor for video on a high resulution.
Even if you only intend to use a cam every now and then, go for a cam at least £10 more expensive. - Advantages: Cheap, Easy to set up, Small - Disadvantages: Doesn't appear to focus properly, Image always grainy, esecially bad in low light, Give a blurry image if you so much as breathe
~~WHAT IS IT?~~ The Logitech QuickCam Express is a camera designed for video conferencing over the Internet. ~~HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?~~ It costs £30 - £40 from high street PC retailers. ~~MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS~~ Win 98 32Mb RAM USB Port Although this camera can run on these specs, the software refuses to load if there is insufficient RAM. ~~PICTURE QUALITY~~ The picture quality is very reasonable for a budget camera. Naturally, the more light, the better the quality. In dark conditions, i.e. night time with artificial light, the picture is grainy. ~~DESIGN~~ The design of this model is fairly attractive, though could be better as it looks fairly out dated. The wire on the back makes it slip over, usually when it is in an ideal position! This could have been rectified if they put the wire slightly further down. ~~SOFTWARE~~ The software supplied is adequate, although I recommend downloading the latest version from their web site as it is more stable, and offers higher resolutions. It seems to like helping itself to RAM, but this is understandable as the image constantly refreshes, even if the window isn't active. ~~USABILITY~~ The Logitech QuickCam can be used with other applications with ease, and it's easier than using the supplied software. It comes with NetMeeting. I have used it successfully with Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Messenger (Soon to be launched with WinXP). ~~FIDDLEABOUTABILITY~~ The settings are quite good, although the flicker control doesn't seem to do much. The autobalance is useful, but not always perfect if you are trying to record a video e-mail or a photo, as it doesn't enhance the photo enough. ~~CONCLUSION~~ Buy it! It's a bargain, and with the supplied software you can video conference with people all over the world, or the people next door! <
br>~~PROMOTION!~~ At a leading high street electronics shop, they are £39,99 for 2!
I purchased this webcam to mainly use to video chat with my girlfriend. After its quick and easy USB install I was away. The picture may not be brilliant but what do you expect for £30. I was also told that you can pay much more for a camera, but over a standard phone line the picture doesn't get much better than from a cheap camera like this one. I was very pleased with my purchase. Not only is it good for video chat it also can take stills which although are not as good as digital camera photos its still a great way of sharing photos over the internet. All-in-All a supurb, great value for money product.