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When I first got this laptop I was excited because it had a webcam but I have problems in house with lighting being too bright wherever I sit and as the camera is built in and stationary to one place, I needed to buy one which would allow me to move it around to find a good place on the laptop for it to sit without a glare.
I popped into Tesco and stumbled across this Logitech webcam for around £65 My friend came along with me as she gets 10% discount in-store which knocked off around £6.50 off the price which I was happy with. I have bought cheap webcams in the past as they have always been a waste of money with a blurred poorly lit camera. I use the webcam because some of my family live in the Czech Republic along with some in America, so when we talk on Skype, It's nice to have a clear picture.
It comes with an instruction booklet and just plugs straight into your USB slot. It will load up a webcam centre from which you can take photos or videos and mess around with the settings. As I have a Dell laptop, I have a dell webcam centre which I can connect up with this webcam which I prefer as there are more features to it.
It Is a great size for a webcam too. It's perfect for laptops as it's compact and doesn't weigh the lid down at all. The design is sleek black with the webcam face one end and the microphone the other and red light in the middle which lights up to let you know it is in use.
How it worked:
Upon getting home, I tried it out. It has a clip at the back to move around depending on the width of your screen to sit it on. I used the webcam centre on my computer to try it out with Hollie. The quality is excellent. We took some silly photos and tried out a few videos and the sound was excellent too. The camera is actually only 2 mpx but it doesn't seem this way when taking photos with it.
Next step was to use it with Skype to see how well it would work. I called my mum to hop online in the Czech Republic and she could tell me how well it's receiving the other end. She immediately noticed the change and said how better it was than the previous camera. She was much happier that she could see Hollie properly and speak to her without glaring lights or it being too fuzzy.
I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone looking to get a new one. The quality of it is brilliant and will do us well for a while. You can now purchase this on Amazon for a £59.99 price tag through a seller. I haven't seen it available elsewhere for a while but Tesco on-line are also selling it.
I am giving this 5/5 stars for being an excellent webcam which is also easy on the eye.
Thanks for reading my review
I purchased a webcam so that I could video call my family and friends when I left for university. Unfortunatley pretty much every aspect of it plays up at some point. The microphone built into it sometimes makes my voice come out high pitched and sqeaky, and so the people at the other end are unable to understand me. The picture freezes at some point during each video call, and the only way I can find to fix this is to turn the video off and then back on again during the call. The video feed is often blurry and this doesnt change no matter how much light I add to the call. It seems to also fail to focus and you have to move right up close to the lense and then back to force it to focus. However there is a very long cable, and so you can move it around the room, which I do find handy.
Seen as my cam is staring back at me,I thought I would write a review on this item,the logitech quickcam pro 9000.Probably the best webcam I have encountered by far,and believe me I've been through a good few.This webcam boasts great features,all of which are easy to use.It isn't your typical boring ,only when necessary webcam.Its actually alot of fun to use! You can play around by adding strange facial features,like a pig snout to ones nose(the camera detects ones face and follows you around).You can also download other facial features from the logitech website,like tiaras and strange looking animals.Sure I'm an adult but we're never too old to have some fun.Its great entertainment for the kids too.If they know how to use a computer they can make some great slide shows with this product.Theres so much you can do with this cam,I haven't even got through all of it myself.Definately recommended.Oh and most importantly picture quality is great(almost forgot to mention that !)
I have a boyfriend who lives a long coach journey away, so we like to keep in touch via webcam . The only problem with that is that my bedrooms pretty poorly lit, and the position of the light in relation to my PC meant that generally, I just showed up as a blur.
So, as a gift, my boyfriend decided to surprise me with a new webcam in the post - The Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000. Installing the camera was easy - run the disk that comes with the camera, plug into your USB slot when prompted, follow the easy instuctions, a quick restart, and you've got yourself a shiny new webcam.
Immediately I could see many advantages with this webcam over my old one - starting with something relatively simple - a nice long wire, and a heavy weighted base that made positioning of the camera and moving it around very easy. This was really useful for me, as I like to turn the camera towards the bed when I get tired to I can chat away as I drift off (yes, me and the other half are still at that sickeningly soppy stage). Coupled with the fact that it has a built in microphone, so I no longer had to get tangled up in wires as I attempt to get comfortable, I was already impressed, and this was before I'd even taken any pictures or chatted on camera!
When I did get round to taking photos and video, I was impressed . The camera comes with something called 'automatic right light' which basically, if your image is dark, prompts you to click it, and it will adjust the settings so it can pick you up clearly . No longer was my boyfriend presented with a blurry blob in the evenings - he could actually see me in startling clarity, as well as being able to see everything in the room behind me , the camera seems to have a wide pick up range.
Still photos came out clearly and sharply focused, with every little freckle being picked up clearly, although one feature this camera doesn't have (or that I have yet to find) is a timer to take photos, which is a shame - no longer can I twirl in my new dress from across the room and know that the camera will take a photo every 30 seconds so i can pick a nice one. However, while it lacks that one feature, it does have some fun effects that can be applied to both stills and video - sepia , black and white, pop-art - all manner of fun stuff to make pictures and video interesting . You can even apply crowns to your head, or talk as an animated dinosaur!
Its a pretty nice looking camera too, a polished shiny black with silver detailing and the microphone built in at one end. The flexible weighted arm that supports the camera makes positioning it easy, and when its in use, a glowing red circle lights up the front of the camera.
It has autofocus and face tracking, both of which work well, and you can set it to prompt you whenever there are driver updates available. My fella wont tell me how much he paid for it (blah!) but its available from amazon for a little under £45 , which I think is excellent value for money . Definately an improvement on my old camera, and one I plan to stick with for a long time .
~What is it?
A powerful, high spec webcam for PC or laptop.
High quality Carl Zeiss lens
2mp webcam with auto focus
High definition videos
Automatic exposure levels for bright/dark conditions
"Express Yourself" software - gives you face accessories and avatars, for example see your expressions animated as a sharks face.
Built in microphone
Photo taking - very good quality 8MP - good clear image
Recording a video at 640x480 pixels is good. The frame rate drops a bit when you select the HD video option giving not such a smooth motion capture (on a quick PC).
~Ease of setup
Out of the box it was really easy to set up, just run the accompanying CD.
Looks good. Sleek black casing with silver bezel. I like the horizontal bar to the side of it and the placement of the microphone to the right hand end. The "in use" light is a cool red circle around the button.
As most Logitech products its well built. It has a good mechanism for cliping on top of lots of different kinds of monitor.
~Value for Money
Bought ours from PC World for £44.00 which seems particularly good value to us.
I have had a Logitech webcam pro 4000, but the Logitech webcam pro 9000 surpasses everything. The picture quality is absolutely perfect even when there is almost no light, it is very sharp and everything is automatically set, (picture, sharpness, and ambient). Installing was very easy. Keep in mind that you first install the software, and later on you can connect the webcam to your computer! The design is very modern and fits nicely with my Samsung 206bw. The software does not have any problems with vista, which is a big relief. If you want to have the latest version of the webcam, you better use the software on the Logitech website, because the software that was included is most of the times not up to date any more.
The microphone works fine and the sound through the boxes when I use MSN, too. I am very satisfied with this webcam 9000 pro. This webcam however does have face tracking! This does not stand in the information folder, but you can adjust the settings manually. Even though this webcam costs a lot, I can recommend if you want to pay the price for it.
Ever since I purchased this camera, almost everyone who I video chat with has commented on the great broadcast quality this camera has. I find it better than the creative labs' webcam which I used before. I use this camera mainly with Skype to chat with my long distance friends and family and I haven't had any problems, but the video quality is better when using Yahoo messenger. The software automatically detects the different messengers installed on your computer and you can directly launch the desired messenger through the software.
The moment you hold this camera, you can tell that it is not a cheaply made product. The build is sturdy and the stand is pretty versatile (it can be used for many different sizes of desktop monitors and laptops).
Next, the logitech software is pretty good. I would compare it to a stripped down version of Apple's photobooth, there are some cool effects with the software including animation such as making yourself look like a cartoon.
The mic quality is pretty good. Though I prefer using the mic attached to my headset. I am using this mic with a Windows XP machine so I can't comment on its compatibility with Vista and Mac.
If you are looking for excellent broadcast quality during video chatting and you own an XP machine, I would definitely recommend this product.