I bought the Logitech C250 webcam, to make some youtube videos and for speaking with a relative who was abroad. For under Twenty pounds I was able to pick up the Logitech camera.
The camera was well packaged, and came with the camera itself, an instruction leaflet, and a driver CD.
The camera is a small ball with a clip on the base that can be clipped to a desk, monitor or anywhere else you choose to get the best angle for the camera. The clip is pretty strong and stays in place well. I've had it on the monitor for a good few months now and it has never fallenoff once.
The camera is powered by the USB connector, which is a nice long lead that simply plugs into a USB port on the PC.
The driver CD installs all the necessary software to use the camera, and comes with video calling software that can be used to make contact with others once an account has been setup and registered. The good thing about the software is that there is no subscription fee or further charges if you have a Logitech camera.
It was simple to set the camera up, the software and camera itself are very user friendly. It will focus automatically for you, which can sometimes go a little bit off if It tries to read small text or detail, but usually the focus does not have a problem. You can manually focus the camera, but I have not used this function as I am quite happy with the automatic focus.
The microphone is clear too, and it will pick up a good level of voice from a distance of about one metre. It seems to pick up the noise closest to it, so there is not really a problem with it picking up background noises, as long as there is not a radio or something else making a noise in front of you the microphone picks up voice well.
The webcam can be used with most applications that require a webcam, and it is not limited to just the software that it came with, which is a really good feature as if you want to make calls using another service, or huse the camera in an interactive game, it leaves the options open.
The webcam can also take still photos, but these are not at a great resolution, so I would not substitute this for a regular camera, but if its all you had to hand then it will take a photo.
It's a good camera for the money, and does what it is supposed to do.
I use Skype quite a lot these days due to family being in different parts of the world. Its such an easy and cheap way to communicate. I felt the only thing that was letting me down was my equipment. I had a built in web cam and microphone in my laptop but found it to be of poor quality and wanting the best experience possible with my relatives I decided to treat myself to a new gadget.
Eventually after trawling through what seemed like hundreds or web cams I decided on this one because having used a lot of equipment from Logitech I knew I was getting a device that would work well with an attractive price tag too. It only cost me 13 euro in January sales but according to Amazon at the moment they are selling for about 18 pounds.
This webcam includes a microphone so you dont need to purchase any more equipment for video chats. It is designed so that it can clip onto the top of the monitor. I have used this with my HP flat screen monitor and my HP laptop and both have fit fine without any difficulties. It remains stable too and doesnt wobble when kids are jumping about in the distance! The video is very clear too and it boasts a resolution of 1.3 mega pixels. I tested it also by recording videos and watching them and the quality was really good. The sound came out perfectly. I did find though that when there are young kids making noise around the house that it seemed to echo about the room and reflected in the sound quality but I never expect it to be perfect with a toddler shouting the house down. Better off using this when little ones are gone to sleep!
It does come with software but I havent made much use of this. You can make videos and add in effects. This might be good for those of you who like to upload videos to youtube. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good webcam because my experience with it so far as been positive. The video is excellent and the sound is perfect. Or so I am told from the other side of the world!
We bought the Logitech C250 to use for a myriad of online applications such as Skype & MSN to be able to communicate with each other over the internet.
The webcam is relatively cheap and comes in at a typical price of around £20. Being Logitech, it is a somewhat average product as its price would indicate. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this webcam is a very long foot to grip the gadget onto your screen, shelf or any other spot you decide to attach it to. This part flexes at the back end and is a very practical accessory. Gripping onto a flat-screen monitor is very straight-forward and the camera is stable.
The downside of this webcam is its relative quality. While you can't compare a cheap webcam to a video camcorder or a device of that kind, it is nonetheless fairly poor at focussing and the picture quality is not on par with some other equally cheap webcams. Indeed, for half its price, you can pick up significantly better quality cameras on ebay that actually do a much better job in terms of picture quality.
The USB cable that runs out of the back of the camera is fairly long, which is useful if like me you have your desktop positioned far below your screen & keyboard.
In terms of actual operation, this webcam is very easy to use. The software allows you to take photos and short videos and the webcam works on a plug and play basis with all the standard communicating programs. All in all, this is a distinctly average product at an average price.
Bought this a couple weeks ago to use with Windows Live Messenger and am, so far, impressed. The picture produced is of surprisingly high quality as is the mic. It sets up incredibly easy, all you have to do is plug in the USB and run the CD (included).
I strongly recommend the C250 because it's cheaper than its competitors, and of similar quality. It works incredibly well with WLM, video calling and I haven't found any problem with it yet. As far as picture quality goes, it's 1.3 Mega Pixel so produced pretty nice pictures - no motion blur or pixilation to speak of.
As expected with a webcam, the system requirements are minimal to operate and you shouldn't need to worry if you have an outdated or old system, provided you have Windows XP or later. One problem I found was that the video recorded has a maximum resolution of only 800 x 600 so on a big monitor the resolution looks a little out of place.
To sum up, the webcam is easy to set up, provides decent audio capture and picture output and most of all offers great value for money at only £14.99 in most stores. As with most Logitech product - it does what it says on the tin.
Logitech Webcam C250
I bought this webcam from Argos for £19.99 although the price does vary depending on where you buy it. I have seen it online for £14.99 and even more expensive at £39.99 so it really pays to shop around.
The webcam comes in a box with an instruction manuel which is easy to understand and it has a instalation CD in the pack with a USB lead. It is compatable for Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, you can get a choice of two colours, grey and balck or blue and black. I got the blue and black one as blue is my favorite colour but they are both the same model.
Once you have installed your webcam it works straight away, I thought it might be fiddly but you plug in the USB then install the disc and follow the instructions and your away.
The webcam has lots of features and can be used for video calling which is what I use it for mostly to keep in touch with family and friends living elsewhere.
You can take photo's or video's to save on your computer and you can hear people talking clearly on the built in speakers. The photo's are 1.3 mega pixel so they are good clear images.
The webcam isn't too big either and sits nicely on my computer desk without taking up too much room. I like the ball shaped design as its modern and not to intrusive. The stand and ball is adjustable so you can get it at the right height and in the right place for your video calling.
I find this webcam very convenient it works instantly and has a clear image its features are :-
*Enhanced VGA sensor.
*Video capture up to 800 x 600 pixels.
*Live video up to 30fps.
*Still image capture 640 x 480 (up to 1.3MP software enhanced).
*Built-in microphone with Logitech RightSound technology.
*Compatible with video instant messaging.
*Minimum system requirements:
*1 GHz processor.
*200Mb hard drive space.
For those of you who are technically minded. I don't really know what some of the things mean but just that the webcam works perfectly for what I want it for.
For someone like me who isn't to technically minded its an easy product to install, it comes at an affordable price and it works straight away which is the main thing, as I hate buying computer assesories that you have to ring customer care up and ask them how to instal and use the item, with this its plug in, install the cd and play.
I'd give this an 8 out of 10 for ease of use, price and clear pictures, it has been great for me to see my family who live up north and take photo's of them as we speak online. They also enjoy getting to see me more and my children who live down here in the midlands and now the webcam has brought us closer together at the click of a button. It's brilliant.
So..my birthday was coming up and i needed a new webcam to use on the computer.
I bought this one from the logitech website,since my parents ordered it for my birthday i didnt know when it arrived exactly but it was on time not long after and it was a good and easy service to order it from on the logitech website.
The price was not too expensive and good for the quality of the webcam and software compared to the other more expensive models.
When arrived the packaging was slightly difficult to open but i soon managed to get it open.
I set it up straight away and the set up was so simple.
Just plugged it into the USB and ran through the set up CD.
I use webcams mainly for Windows live messenger to chat to people through video calls,it worked great for the purpose and there was no errors.
The mic is of pretty good quality,if very loud sound is recorded you will sometimes get a bit of interferance but not often
The picture quality was good enough,having a pretty clear and non pixelated image.
Great for photos and videos that i upload to youtube using my webcam.
The software included features many different effects that can be used,and you can also download more from the logitech website.
I had abit of fun using these! :)
I could also change things like the brightness,constrast ect on the webcam and the volume and quality of sound produced.
For Everyday use and softwares i found this a rather decent and good quality webcam for the price i bought it for!
Im a happy bunny :)
This webcam is such a good webcam and its not too pricey!
The quality on this is very good and this webcam can be used for different things such as Windows Messenger! Also with the webcam comes the DVD to unstall the software for it! It is very good because you can do live video calls with other people who have logitech accounts! (if you don't have one you get to make your own)
the only down side with this webcam is that it doesnt have a built in speaker. this however isnt much of a problem tho because you could just use a headset!
it is also good because it autotunes to the light so when it gets too dark, it will brighten the screen, that way you always get a good image! You can also do things like flip the video around and do a couple of effects! This is a good webcam to use and one i recommend!
Dad recently got back in touch with an old friend Bernard from his National Service Days and Bernard had a webcam and so wanted to do a video call with Dad... Unfortunately, Dad hadn't got a webcam, so now that was the new toy he wanted to have. It's been a few years since I've had a webcam (I hate seeing myself on screen and would rather type away than talk to a computer screen... which is daft really), so I said I'd have a look at a few reviews and see what the best deal was I could find.
I shopping was in Tesco when I spotted the Logitech Webcam C250 on offer. I picked up the box and inspected it... The box said "For easy video calling that's crisp and clear" ("Easy" is a good word as it's my 70-something year old Dad who'd be using thewebcam !). It's got an enhanced VGA sensor (640 x 480 pixels) and takes video capture up to 800 x 600 pixels, and snapshot photos can be taken at 1.3 MP (which is fine if you just want to take a quick snapshot of yourself... after all, this camera is going to stay on your PC rather than be out & about with you). It promises to deliver crisp, colourful images too. The webcam also has a built-in microphone with Logitech Rightsound technology (which meant we wouldn't need to buy a separate microphone), a hi-speed USB 2.0 connection, a universal clip (for clipping to your monitor etc), a snapshot button (to take those snapshot photos mentioned before) and Logitech Video Effects Fun Filters (but I can't see Dad using these!). The box also contained Logitech Vid software for "free, fast and easy video calling".
The Logitech Webcam C250 sounded great. Logitech is a well established and trusted brand, and this camera had everything we wanted. I then clocked the price - £14.99 down from £24.99. A bargain! So in the trolley it went!
Once home, I set about setting up the camera for Dad. Inside the box was the webcam itself, a CD (containing the Logitech Vid software), a fold-out instruction leaflet (I hate these, I much prefer booklets!), an "Important Information" sheet (including the 2 year warranty) and a leaflet advertising other Logitech products.
The Logitech Webcam C250 is about the size of a squash ball or a golf ball, so it doesn't take up much room. It has a "universal clip" on it so you can either stand it on a flat surface or clip it to your monitor or something. I clipped it to Dad's LCD monitor as I thought that would be the best place. I haven't seen any instructions on how to use the clip, but I don't think it would come off Dad's monitor unless it was knocked. The attached USB cable is 1.8m (6ft) and so provides plenty of length to go from an available USB port to your monitor or where ever you want to situate the webcam.
The fold-out instruction sheet is in 12 languages, with English thankfully being the first. Step one is inserting the CD to install the software... This is where I left the instruction sheet as all you then need to do is follow the instructions on the screen (such as plugging in the camera at the appropriate time, which is step 2). Of course, as with most computer technology these days, you can simply "Plug & Play", in other words plug in the webcam and it will install the drivers itself, but I thought we'd try out Logitech Vid (video calling) software while we were at it.
The software & webcam are easy to install, in fact Dad could have done this himself (but I know he prefers me to do these things, especially as I can then be blamed if it doesn't work properly!) and it only took a few minutes to do too.
Once Logitech Vid was installed, we created an account and configured the webcam for video calling (basically making sure we were sat in frame and could be heard). Settings can be checked using a practice call and the practice call is always available in the contact list. We added a friend (Dad's friend Bernard) and waited for him to take up the invitation (as he hadn't already got Logitech Vid). As with other video call/messaging applications, Logitech Vid lets you know when a friend is online or trying to call you. On a side note: Logitech Vid is free for those with Logitech webcams and to those who are invited (by a Logitech user) to use it.
I got home from work the next day to find Dad already chatting away to Bernard on the webcam, he'd worked out how to use it himself! He was having fun, showing off his baby Granddaughter (my niece) and, of course, one of the cats had to get in on the action too.
I've had a play around on the webcam myself too. I find it easy to use (which shouldn't be surprising if my 70-something old Dad could use it without my help!) and the image quality and sound were great, certainly more than I expected for £14.99, but then this is a Logitech product (in other words, a quality product). The webcam uses auto-focus (though I believe you can use manual focus too, but we don't see a need for using that) and also functions well in low light. The Logitech Rightsound feature on the webcam ensures the sound is crisp and it's your voice that is heard rather than background noise.
The video effects fun filters can be fun, but aren't really aimed at Dad, and I can't think why I'd want to use them either. However, I do think they'd be quite fun for kids to play around with.
With the Logitech Webcam C250, you are not tied into the Logitech Vid software and so you can use whatever software you want. Of course, others might not want to install new software just to be able to do a video call with you. As we've got Windows Live Messenger installed on Dad's PC, I made sure we could use the camera on there too and we could, with no problems at all. Logitech's website says the webcam can also be used with Skype, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and other popular instant messaging applications.
All in all, the Logitech Webcam C250 is simple to use and easy to set-up, as is the Logitech Vid software that comes with it. It's a good quality webcam with a good image and sound, and I don't think you'd get this kind of quality with other webcams in this price range. At £14.99, I now wish I'd bought a couple more, maybe one for myself and another one or two for family/friends as gifts.
Would I recommend the Logitech Webcam C250? Well, as I'm sure you can tell from my review... Definitely!