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The Logitech Quickcam Pro 5000 is a very good quality webcamera, suitable for far more than just video chat on MSN or on Skype.
It is quite bulky compared to other similar models on the market - it's not really suitable for carrying with a laptop, for example. The stand for this camera is particularly designed to sit on the top of flat screen monitors; unfortunately, this makes it a bit of a pain on old fashioned CRT monitors...
The lens on this camera is good quality - all photos and videos come out very well from this camera. It also has a very good quality microphone, better quality than a lot of sound-card ones, with good filtering of ambient noise, making it prefect for gaming or voice calls on your PC.
The software that comes with this camera is very good, allowing digital "enhancement" to your calls - like replacing your head with an alien - but this gets old very quickly. More useful is the "RightLight" technology, which fixes problems with over-bright and over-dark rooms.
I snapped up the Logitech Quickcam when I saw It on sale from £50 to a more reasonable £25 not even 2 week's ago and am pleased to say It Is an excellent web cam. It Is extremely well designed, Has many features and for the £50 it was in the first place Its well worth It.
It has built-In microphone, 1.3 mega pixels, Video effect's where you can actually change the image's and your face (Much to my little girl's amusement) There are quite a few and if you wish for more they are free to download. Very clever face tracking, Live video, Still image capture for picture's, And the base can fit on any laptop or computer. There is also a snapshot button on the very top of the Web-cam for picture's and so on, With a privacy shade that cleverly flips down, Although i find this quite useless as it tends to just click off of the Web-cam very easily.
The camera has a green light which let's you no when the Web-cam Is on and also has something called Right-light 2 which is basically a clever bit of Technology that detects when the lighting your In Is dull or shaded and corrects this problem so that your pictures and video's are clearer and more manageable.
The Logitech Web-cam Pro Is very easy to install on your computer, It's a simple case of downloading the correct software on to the computer, With the disc that is supplied with the actual web-cam Itself. After this everything else is quite easy to understand.
The Logitech Web-cam is an extremely clever product and for the £25 I payed I definitely received a bargain It Is the best web-cam I have had so far.
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 is a well designed, compact and easy to use webcam. It comes equipped with an in-built microphone, the ability of recording high-quality videos with sound, as well as being able take still pictures and, of course, to send live videos and sound allowing you to have online video conversations.
Included in the package is a USB 2.0 cable, the CD providing the drivers and software required, as well as a headset (with microphone) should you prefer not to use the PC speakers and webcam's in-built microphone.
I found the 'Pro 5000' was both easy to install and use. Having installed the drivers and QuickCam software provided, it was simply a matter of plugging the webcam in, ensuring my MSN Messenger was configured and then I was able to hold video conversations with friends and family.
Logitech have clearly thought carefully about designing this camera. A green LED shows when the camera is active; there is 'Capture' button on the top, allowing you to take pictures without having to enter the software; the base is flexible, allowing you to sit it on both CRT monitors and TFT's (or "flat-screens"); also, they've included a "privacy-device", (which is actually just a piece of plastic that rotates around the camera, allowing you to cover the lens). Whilst this is very simple, it is very effective and to me demonstrates that some thought has gone into the design and layout of the 'Pro 5000'.
The software provided is easy enough to use and also surprisingly powerful. Some features include: Being able to adjust light levels manually, (though I have to admit the automatic feature is very good), flip the display image and adjust the microphone level. There is also a "Track Face" feature which allows you to keep your face centred as you move around, (although there are obviously limits to how far you can move).
Another interesting feature with regards to the software is the ability to super-impose 'avatars' on top of your image. This includes static pictures, (such as moustaches, crowns, etc.) which try and keep up with your movements, (though you have to be careful not to move to quickly) and also animated characters, (an alien, a wizard, etc.) that, once configured, will move their lips, eyelids, etc. based on your movements. This, however, can take some practise to configure probably and, whilst it is entertaining, its appeal does run the risk of wearing off after a while. I think this feature would appeal more to parents who wish to keep their children entertained or distracted.
My biggest gripe with the 'Pro 5000' so far is to do with the recorded videos. After recording for about 45 seconds or so, the audio track goes out of synch with the video. There is a possibility this could be related to my PC; however, given that it is almost as new as the webcam, I sincerely doubt that to be the case. I have yet to do any playing around to see if I can correct this, so it may be possible that there is a way around this, but I personal believe it simply shouldn't be the case in the first place.
Overall, I think this is a very good webcam. Some people may be a little put off by the price, as there are cheaper webcams available; however, I have seen other, less expensive Logitech cameras which do not have quite as good an image as the 'Pro 5000' and certainly don't have the level of features available.
I would say the decision to purchase this webcam over others should be based on ultimately what you would like to be able to do. If all you're interested in is live conversations, than perhaps a cheaper webcam would be more suited; however, if you'd like to produce decent quality videos and still pictures, I think the 'Pro 5000' is well worth the money.