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      29.01.2013 15:32
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      A cheap alternative, I personnaly would pay a bit more for better quality

      My mother lives in Spain and although I know it isn't that far away, we do not have a Waltons type of relationship. Ours is more like, no actually I won't go there, needless to say, we see each other in person once a year maybe, and talk over the internet on MSN in-between. (I know it isn't called MSN anymore but it will always be called that in my world).

      My mother bought a webcam so she could speak to her sister who lives in the UK and also her friends, she kept on at me to buy one so we could talk via MSN and see each other> Due to the frequency we actually speak to each other on MSN, I was not about to spend a fortune on a webcam, I looked around a few shops but after a weekly shop round Tescos, I found this and decided this would do an adequate job.

      It is black and silver, looks smart enough and for £5 you get what you pay for. I wasn't going to pay anymore for this, and I was more than aware this wasn't going to be video film standard by any stretch of the imagination. It was easy enough to set up and although it is meant to fit on top of a monitor because of the Dell model I have, it didn't fit at all. I ended up celotaping it on, not technically the best route but it worked.

      There is an option on this to take a still/photograph of what it is looking at but I have so far passed on this. The camera quality is quite poor, there is no easy way to say that really, the picture is grainy and it does look like you are in some kind of a sand storm but due to the fact that I know what my mother looks like, I really bought it to see whether when I was telling her about my day, I could make sure that she was actually there and not off making a cup of tea. It is also nice to see whether she is actually lol-ing when she says she is!!

      If you want anything clear, photograph worthy then avoid this. If you want a vaguely recognisable outline of something then this is great. It is suitable for what I needed it for, I use it maybe once every two months and it is perfect for me. If it breaks, it doesn't cost the earth to replace either.

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        26.08.2012 12:32

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        Works perfectly well just don't expect too much

        ~Technical Info~

        400x500 Still Image Resolution
        Compatible With All Instant Messaging Programmes
        Digital Zoom
        30 Frames/second
        Snapshot Button

        ~Review~

        I bought this webcam to keep in contact with friends who had gone travelling abroad. I was only using it at most a couple of times a week so I only wanted to pay for a basic model. At £5 you can't get much cheaper!

        This sits nicely on your desk or on a shelf and the camera can be turned in any direction so you can get whatever angle you need. If not touched it will stay where you put it but a slight touch or tug on the cable and you have to fiddle about to get it back in position. The quality is fine if you keep the camorra in one position and you sit nice and still. However if you move about the picture quickly becomes blurry and juddery. The zoom is also not the best quality, lowering the picture quality when you use it. It has a snapshot button so you can take a quick picture. Again this is fine if you or your object you take a picture of is very still. It is very easy to install. Just follow a few steps on your computer and it is ready to go.

        For me this webcam does everything I want it to. Using it every now and then to have a quick chat with a friend while at my computer it works fine. At £5 you can't go wrong but don't expect anything special.

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        23.05.2012 17:44
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        A good piece of kit, worth a try if your in the market for a new webcam!

        I have a laptop with an inbuilt webcam which I really like using for skype, I don't however like sitting with the laptop and talking as it gets hot and uncomfrotable! I have a computer and a monitor in my study which I use for my work, I decided that I should get a webcam so that I don't always have to use my laptop to connect with friends and family! I was put off buying a webcam as they were all very expensive. I at first wanted a logic one as I have had them before and had no problems with them. I saw this on tesco direct and thought it was worth a try for the price, I will now go into more detail on the product and explain my difficulties and advantages I have found!

        Price:

        I got mine for £4.97, I had a look on tesco direct before writing the review and they are currently £6.97, Im not sure why the price has gone up since I bought mine a few months back. Which ever price you pay it is going to be good value! I was shocked at how cheap these were as others were around £15-£35! This however has limited functions which I will speak about now.

        Functions:

        Its a very basic camera, as you can see from the image provided by dooyoo. It is supposed to clip onto the top of your monitor and be easy to move to get you within its picture (Mine will not stay up and its taped up there as it kept falling down mid use). There is a button on top which is used to take a snap shot picture and is useful sometimes. There is no microphone built in, so If you want to have video conversations you will need some form of microphone to speak into. It is basically a very basic webcam.

        My experience:

        I have had no real problems with it, I found it easy to install onto my computer and got it working pretty instantly. It doesnt lag too much when on a video call and the image is clear, its not a perfect image by far, but it works and that made me happy. It has worked for over 3 months and hasn't suffered any issues. I also like the look of it, its not tacky like the price may suggest, its also built well and has with stood a few falls from the top of the monitor to the laminate flooring!!

        Overall:

        I have had a good experience with this, the only thing that frustrated me was the fact that it needed tape to stay up! It fell down so many times without it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a cheap webcam for there computer or laptop. it works well and produces a clear enough image. Perfect for kids too, make sure you get a microphone or nobody will hear you! It also looks nice. This gets a happy 3 stars from me, you can buy much better, but why would you when this is on the market. Im happy!

        Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped :)

        Josh

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        18.05.2012 01:12
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        A very cheap webcam that does the job.

        I bought the Tesco Value webcam about a year ago as I have quite a few long distance friends who I regularly Skype with, and my previous webcam stopped working. I didn't want to spend too much on a new one and when I saw this one in Tesco for just under a fiver I thought it was worth a try.

        The webcam came in a small box with some basic instructions telling me how to use it. The cam has a hinged clamp which enables it to be attached to the top of the computer screen and it stays there rather well. I don't think it has ever fallen off, which is good.

        There are a few different settings on the cam including effects such as black and white, and decorative frames you can apply to the screen. I wasn't expecting much from this basic model so it was nice to have the option of a few different effects.

        The picture quality of the webcam is fairly good, not amazing, but again i didn't expect it to be. It's certainly good enough for Skyping with friends. The screen does freeze occasionaly but not very often.

        Overall I was pretty pleased with the purchase and think it's excellent value at just under £5.

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          19.04.2012 20:22
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          The tesco value range doesnt just extend to food, but also electronics, as with their webcam they have on the market. This is an ideal webcam if you are on a budget costly only £5, and so far, it has worked perfectly for me, no problems want so ever. When you buy it, you will get it in a box, with an instruction manual included, which explains how to install the software and how to generally use the cam. It is quite small but for me that is an advantage as you can place on desk without taking up too much room.

          You can buy it in either black or silver, myself having the silver cam, and is made out of plastic. That is the downside, although mine has been in full working order for months now, I imagine this product would break quite easily, if it was stood on for example. All the components appear tobe fitted loosely with screws, but if looked after properly, still a brilliant cam from Tesco.

          The camera, using the software, can be adjusted to change some many settings, in order to create the image on screen of your choice, such as colour, contract, brightness and the like. It doesnt have the greatest quality of picture in the world, but what do you expect for a fiver. It does what you pay for. You can still see images clearly although a little fuzzy, but nothing major, and doesnt really impact on the use, as I imagine if you were to be using it for things like video calls, you ould purchase a more advanced cam.

          In all, a definite recommendation from me, a great product, simple, easy to use and more importantly cheap. You can buy online at Tesco's website, or in some stores. Thanks for reading.

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          29.11.2011 18:02
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          Very affordable price for a very high tech experience

          With services for Internet based video chat being the norm nowadays rather than some futuristic idea, web cams have become a necessity for any PC owner that wants to use these wonderful servicers. Most if not all laptops, notebooks and tablet devices have a camera built into the system. But if you have a PC that's not always the case. My sister studied in France for two years and our web chats made the time seem more bearable for my parents.

          Web cams vary in price dramatically, this can be because of the brand your buying but most of the time it's an indication of the resolution of the camera. The higher the resolution the higher the price.
          So when my mother arrived back from Tesco one day with this web cam I was a little bit dubious to say the least. Then when she told me it only cost her five pounds, I thought to myself this is going to be rubbish.


          It looked quite good when I first removed it from it's packaging. It's an eyeball style design with an entirely black body and pedestal, the camera lens is surrounded by a stainless steel effect circular frame. The stand that the camera is attached to doesn't feel very sturdy, it feels like it would snap off if too much force was used to adjust the viewing angle. This little plastic stand is used for balancing the camera on the top of your PC or if you want to show a few people sitting on the sofa for example like my parents always did; then you can simply place it sitting on a table or shelf near the PC and this will give a wider shot. The eyeball camera swivels on this stand making it very easy to adjust it's angel. Simply watch the screen and move the camera until you get the desired shot. As I said you are limited to how far away from the PC you can go as the camera is connected to the computer via the supplied USB cable.

          As I said the price is normally in relation to the quality of the picture and the five pound price tag did show up in the resolution of the camera. It had a poor resolution of 160 x 120 and was capable of recording thirty frames per second. It did however have a few little features, such as digital zoom, which I was surprised to see for such a low price web cam. I was also able to adjust the brightness level and most importantly I could manually adjust the focus by slowly twisting the silver lens frame at the front while again watching the PC screen. There is a button on the very top of the camera that is used to take photographs. The resolution is again quite low on this feature at only 400 x 500 but they are okay and it's nice to capture the moment.

          For only five pounds this gave me and my family the opportunity to see and speak to my sister while she was away. I have since bought my parents a more expensive web cam as my mother has gone Skype crazy. But if your looking for a reasonable web cam at a very reasonable price, then you can't go wrong with this.

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          24.10.2011 13:19
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          Not worth the money

          Due to a recent family move away to lands abroad, my mother was asking me about how she could possibly buy a webcam to fit on our desktop pc that she could use in conjunction with messenger services such as skype to enable her to see our relatives and talk to them. Already possessing a new headset for her PC I explained all she needed was a camera but being low on funds we had little choice but to seek one from a value range. When shopping in Tesco I bought this for us to use on our PC costing only £4.99.

          The first impression of the camera were not so great, out of the box it just felt very very flimsy and cheaply made which to be fair is what you would expect. It felt like any slight drop would break it and I felt dangerous handling it as I felt any tight grip would smash it. Even the lens feels weak and the plastic is not tough at all so if you are buying one of these great care will be needed to prevent a breakage!

          The device clips onto the top of the monitor with some secure clips but with a thin monitor as we have got it proved a hard balancing act. This will be tough to use with laptops with the way it is set up and all round the clipping device is not very sturdy and not very safe. It hardly inspires confidence and the fear is always that it will slip off mid session!

          It plugs in via a, I must say, very short usb cable. If using a desktop pc and your monitor is some distance from your usb sockets this may be an issue! Nevertheless it plugs in securely and is ready to use straight away. It installs itself and is ready to use within minutes.

          The first thing that let me down was the picture quality which you can expect to be below par for a fiver but this is just bad. Grainy, breaking up, weak colouring and damn right poor. Looks like a bad video phone call and certainly in the day of HD this is unacceptably bad. Barely worth the fiver....the folks we used it with complained it kept breaking up (on a connection which my laptop works perfectly with on cam) and the fuzzy hazy image ruined things. Of course we could see them fine but showing them things was impossible. The camera lost focus and due to being wobbily fell off three times.

          In essence this is what you pay for...a cheap camera that barely works, and when it does work it is hardly the best thing since sliced bread. I would have rather saved the fiver towards a better camera!

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          15.10.2011 11:49
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          Cheap and functional only

          Webcam's have become an essential component of computers in this day and age with web conferencing, study and skype, it is vital to have a decent piece of kit to use when communicating with others. We currently own three webcams, one for contacting family and friends overseas, which is our most expensive one, one for work conferencing on one of the laptops and the other for using with distance learning on our other computer.

          For the distance learning course, the idea of spending another £30 on a webcam didn't appeal so on one of those unproductive Trips to tescos when you are bored and end up buying something you didn't want, I saw a little webcam in the computer section for £4.92 which was Tesco Value brand and having had some joy with some other Tesco value products thought at the price it was definitely worth checking out.

          Appearance:

          A small black, round webcam with a silver adjustable focus, it comes with a stand to place on top of your laptop/computer, but we found this was useless and it kept falling off so removed it completely and then taped it to the top of the computer as it needed to be flat, not convenient and not pretty but not unexpected due to the price. The webcam looks fine, its not one of the cooler products on the market, but if you were expecting that from a Tesco value product I think your over-anticipating things.

          Installation:

          We have Vista on the computer and found the whole thing painless, plug the webcam into your USB read the installation instructions and put the installation CD in your computer, follow the screen prompts and within 10 minutes you will have this installed and have had the chance to test and refocus the camera if you need to using the silver adjustment area.

          Visuals:

          Being honest they are fine but not perfect, they aren't as strong as our other cameras and there is occasionally much too little contrast even when trying to change the lighting level, also you sometimes appear granular to others and the screen regularly freezes, with my studies I sometimes find this to be advantage if I am stalling on an answer so actually find this to be something of an advantage as it can be used as an excuse if conversation dies suddenly.

          Other features:

          This webcam is compatible with all IM systems, so this is a big advantage, it has an instant photo facility although the picture quality is akin to one of those disposable cameras, it also has a Zoom and adjust feature using the silver outer ring. Video capture resolution is 160 x 120 which is often the reason for the slow feed. It doesn't have headsets and other options are limited.

          Final View:

          I think this is fine as a first webcam for rudimentary purposes, the picture quality is ok at best, the features are limited, the holder to place it on computers is annoying and easily breakable and doesn't help keep the webcam in place and it freezes often, on the plus side, it looks much more expensive than £5 worth of equipment, it is easy to install and available in most larger Tesco's throughout the UK. This is a stop-gap rather than long-term buy, it does what you would expect, nothing more, nothing less.

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          05.10.2011 01:46
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          Im just happy to see my boyfriend! Great for students away from home.

          This webcam was donated to me by a family friend who simply did not need it anymore, having had no problems with it and knowing my boyfriend was moving town for university she passed this onto me.

          The webcam is quite basic looking, it irritates me somewhat that it's silver and grey as I like these sort of gadgets to.blend in.nicely on.my shelves. It is suprisigly strong considering how light it is! It's fell of the shelf it is kept on several times and suprisingly considering how clumsy I am manages to stay in one peice! It's never failed me yet!

          Once I had plugged it into my laptop it was working within around 3 seconds, my laptop runs.on Windows 7 so it may take longer on older laptops. I had to do absolutley nothing else to set up wise unless I wanted to hanged any basic webcam setting which can be done through the programme the webcam is using. The processung speed seems quite quick but its a bit pixely when it is full screen.

          I mainly use my webcam on skype and msn for chatting to my boyfriend and other friends! I don't have a problem with the quality it does what I need it to do on a small screen but I suppose for.people who would.be making the.image larger.maybe for conferences or video calls to a large group of pellet the quality would not be adequate.

          There us also no mic,but then for a budget webcam I wouldn' expect one. I have a free standing Mic and one on my laptop so this does not bother me to much but is worth.other people knowing who might need one.

          I see this sells for a fiver in tesco, if your needs are like mine for a webcam I digger opting for this.if you don't mind average.quality!

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            26.09.2011 19:37
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            For lesss than £5, this is a fairly good webcam.

            My son started to discover the virtues of Skype a few months ago, and wanted a webcam for his laptop so that he could talk with us and his friends when he was away anywhere. Now knowing that he is perhaps not the most careful of kids with his electrical equipment, we decided that we would only buy him a cheap webcam so that if he did break it, it wouldn't be any great loss. Hence, whilst doing the grocery shopping in Tesco one day, I noticed this Tesco Value Webcam for £4.97, which we thought would be ideal for his first webcam.

            What do you get? Out of the box, it looks like any other golf ball sized webcam that you put on top of your computer screen. The bracket it is attached to is a little flimsy at best, but does the job of precariously balancing this webcam on the top of the screen, or just doubles as a convenient level stand if you decide to place it on the desk or table surface. The lens/golf ball bit is swivelable (is that a word?) in all directions to ensure that you get the correct angle for viewing. Connection to your PC is via a USB 2.0 cable/connection and the device comes complete with a CD to load up the drivers etc. For the techies amongst the readers, the camera is capable of a 30 frames per second capture rate, with a video resolution of 160 x 120. It comes complete with a snapshot capability and has a CMOS sensor. For such a low budget webcam, you also have a number of useful extra features such as a digital zoom, along with and adjustable brightness control. There is also a feature to allow you to put pretty frames around your pictures (if you really need that sort of thing).

            Now the important bit, how is it in use? Set-up is very straight forward - put the CD in and follow the instructions, where the full installation will take just under 10 minutes. Once loaded, Skype will recognise it and set it as your default webcam device for Skype, and of note, you can also use this camera for other programmes such as MSN Instant Messaging etc. Now, the video quality is interesting and worth a mention. In truth, it's not brilliant (having such a low resolution), but it is acceptable, but when you consider that you are paying less that £5 for this webcam, it becomes a bit of personal 'expectation management'. You're not going to get a top quality webcam for that price, but why pay more for something that gives you a perfectly acceptable video quality?

            Depending on where your computer is located and the surrounding lighting situation, you may need to use the brightness control to adjust the settings to give you a decent image. Too bright a light behind you, and the camera darkens you out the picture. Insufficient light will also give a darker image overall. So it is a bit of trial and error to get the right settings. You may also need to focus the camera to get a sharp picture, which is achieved by rotating the front round bit of the camera around the lens.

            Whilst it does have a digital zoom feature, it is not something that we use. One of the problems with digital zoom is that if you have a fairly low resolution video to begin with (as you do with this webcam), a digital zoom will just electronically zoom in on that low resolution image, meaning that your resolution, and hence picture quality, just gets worse, as opposed to an optical zoom which uses the optical lenses to zoom in whilst maintaining the resolution and picture quality.

            The snapshot picture feature is taken by pushing the button on top of the camera, and is ok giving a fairly decent low resolution 400 x 500 picture. My kids find it to be perfectly acceptable for their needs, but again it's a balance of what you expect for the price.

            In summary, this has lasted my son for a few months now (surprisingly!!) and is still working fine, and for the price it was an absolute bargain. Many may complain about the low quality video and picture image, but then what do they expect for less than £5? For sitting in front of your computer and talking to someone over Skype, this is an ideal cheap webcam with an acceptable quality image. Hence, in my opinion, this deserves a 4 star recommendation.

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              24.09.2011 16:32
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              A cheap webcam that does the job

              I have recently bought a new webcam in order to use Skype, so that I can speak to some friends in Australia. I did not want an all singing, all dancing machine and my budget was fairly tight. I bought the Tesco webcam as on the packaging it looked quite funky and it was really reasonably priced.

              ==PRICE==

              I couldn't believe it when I found this webcam for less than £5.00! It is stocked in most of the larger Tesco stores and costs £4.97. You can also buy it online from Tesco Direct.

              ==AN EYE FOR AN EYE==

              The web cam looks like a beady little eye, it is simple in design and is made from a cheap black plastic. It comes mounted on a stand which does not look it can withstand any rough handling the legs look and feels a bit flimsy. The webcam looks very similar to others on the market and once in place, you would not be able to tell that it a supermarket own brand. The ball of the camera rotates so you can angle the camera in different directions and you can screw the lens in and out to focus it better.

              The webcam comes with a disc that needs loading on to the computer and once this is done, you can just plug it in and play. It uses a USB connection so you simply need to slot the wire into the USB port. This means no batteries or plugs! The wire does get in the way a little bit so I used a tiny bit of tape to run it down the side of my screen.

              The webcam has a couple of features that allow you to alter the brightness and colour on the screen and you can also have a decorative frame around the image the webcam creates. It is not a great feature and I do not tend to use it.

              The webcam records video and can take snap shot pictures. I find the image quality really poor but I never use the webcam for taking my picture, I have a camera for this. I mostly use it for webcaming and skyping. The video capture resolution is 160x120 so it is not fantastic but it is not worth complaining about.
              I bought the webcam for less than five pounds so there is no point going to town and moaning about the quality; it is in fact better than I expected. The image does lag behind and I often see myself with various coloured stripes running down my face but the person I am skyping with can see that it is me and that is really all I ask for it!

              ==OVERALL==

              I like the webcam and will continue to use it until it falls apart. It does the job I bought it for and I did not have to part with too much cash to pay for it! I probably wouldn't advise buying it if you wanted to use it help launch your modelling career (sometimes you may look a bit yellow) or if you were to use it to film children or animals (they will move too quick for it!) but for me, just sat at the computer talking, it works a treat and for this reason I award it three stars.

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                09.09.2011 22:15
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                I have a few family members over seas and keep in touch two or three times a month via the web cam and skype for keeping the price down. I am not great with technology so need things to be as simple as possible. I bought the Tesco value webcam as it cost only £5.00 that's alot cheaper than others that were on offer in Tesco at the time. On making the purchase i had no idea if the web cam was going to be good or not but for a fiver i took the chance.

                The webcam comes in a small cube shaped box with Tesco value written on it and the blue value stripes. Inside the box is the webcam, instruction booklet , installation cd. I chose to set the webcam up on our pc rather than my laptop as it sits on the desk beside the monitor.
                Setting up the webcam was easy as i read the instructions before hand, these were clearly laid out and simple to follow. I put the disc in my drive and followed the installation process on the screen. The webcam comes with a wire connected to the webcam and the other part is a usb connector and that plugs into the usb port on my pc.

                The webcam actually looks nice, its made from black plastic and ball shape with a small base stand with legs that steady the webcam, you can also clamp it to the pc or laptop but only if you have a flat screen but i don't. It has a small button on the top to change the settings of the webcam and a small silver rim around the lense.
                There are a few different things can be done with the webcam like taking still pictures, loads of effects like changing the focus, colours and brightness. I often have to adjust the brightness as my sitting room is really dark even during the day.
                If you want to put funky fun frames or images around the picture the soft wear can do that and gives a good selections of frames like bunch of balloons and prison cell bars etc all a bit of fun.

                The focus is a niggle with the webcam and takes a few minutes for it to sort itself out but to start with its blurry but during the use it is clear and picks up my movement fine. Its nice for my family to be able to see me, just last night i used my webcam to show of my new tattoo.
                A cheap webcam that's simple to use. I recommend the Tesco value webcam for the people like me that need just a basic webcam to use for chatting.

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                  07.09.2011 22:26
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                  Overall great for the money and for internet calling

                  I was sceptical when I purchased the Tesco Value Webcam, but I was pleasantly surprised..

                  -- Price & Availablity --

                  The Tesco Value Webcam is available from larger Tesco stores and from the Tesco website via their Direct catalogue service. It is priced at £4.97 making it one of the cheapest webcams around, rivalled only by other supermarkets own brands.

                  -- What's in the Packet --

                  The webcam comes with an instructional manual and warranty information. It is packaged in fairly plain cardboard with the Tesco Value branding.

                  -- Looks --

                  I had an old Logitech webcam about 10 years ago and to be honest this Tesco Value looks a lot like it - round, like an eye, styled in black and silver. It has a small stand built in. It is adjustable on a ball hinge to get the right viewing angle. Overall I'd say it does look a bit dated and the plastic's a bit cheap and flimsy but at least it is in black rather than beige! It looks OK though - certainly passable at less than a fiver.

                  The webcam has a snapshot button which takes still pictures like a camera (quality to be reviewed as below).

                  -- Setup --

                  A breeze, as most USB 2.0 devices tend to be - I just plugged mine in and my computer picked it up. I was Skype-ing within ten minutes.

                  Taking photos is easy, too, though you get a mirror image photo rather than a right way around one! But it's good if you want to take a quick snap to post online.

                  -- Quality --

                  Well, in a word, low. It's only a 400 x 500 low resolution picture you get and you need to have the light exactly right in the room (if you have a lamp behind you your face is totally un-viewable, and if you have one too near your face you appear orange!). Once you've got your optimal setup, though, it's more than passable especially for web streaming. You can record video to email, too, at 30 frames per second, a decent rate that's not too jumpy. Overall though it's in no way comparable to a £50+ webcam, or a digital camera, but for video calls it's spot on, and great to use with lower bandwidth connections, too.

                  The snapshot feature is handy but low quality, but a nice feature to have. The digital zoom is again, a nice feature to have on a low cost webcam, but in practice it's not something I really use (I go for the low tech option of moving the camera closer!). Obviously you will experience image quality loss if you zoom in on anything but if you are just wanting to frame your face then it's handy.

                  -- Recommend? --

                  Yes, I would. Even though the quality is at times low the webcam when used for video calling (and that's mostly what webcams are used for) is spot on, and really there is no need to pay more for the casual user. The price is amazing - under a fiver, and with everyday use, the camera will last and last.

                  -- Final Word --

                  If you're looking for a cheap and cheerful webcam, go for the Tesco Value model. I will award it four out of five - it's fabulous for the money.

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                  23.07.2011 20:25
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                  Even though it is cheap it doesn't mean it is great.

                  My Acer webcam which was built into my laptop used to break all the time and I could never really rely on it working for when I needed to use it. One day the webcam broke and was broken for good. I was now looking for a cheap reliable webcam to replace the one I had. On a Christmas shopping trip to Tesco to buy all the food we needed over the festive period I thought I would look for a new webcam so I could use it to wish my family and friends who live in different countries or cities a happy Christmas. As I was rooting around the store I found the Tesco value webcam for £4.97 which I believed to be a bargain as I spent all my money I saved on Christmas presents for family and friends so this was a real bargain.

                  Once I took the camera home I began to explore how to use it. The box was a small compact size which is great as it could be recycled and there wasn't too much packaging involved. You could tell the webcam was a Tesco value product as it came in a white box with the famous blue stripes on. The box was about 14cm long. Inside the box there was the webcam, a CD and an instruction booklet. The instruction booklet was very easy to follow and so was the CD. When the CD was in my laptop I had to install the software to enable the webcam to work on my laptop. This was quick and easy and altogether it took about 10 minutes for the software to be installed into my laptop.

                  After the webcam software was installed to my laptop I had to plug the webcam in using the USB port. It then loaded very quickly and was ready to use. However then I came across a number of problems.
                  For me the picture quality of the camera was clear then after a few uses it became blurry so I began to adjust the outer silver ring of the webcam which is meant to make the focus and zoom to make it clear however, it didn't and just made me look like a dark figure. Also to attach the webcam to my laptop it had a piece attached to it so that it could stand on top of the screen and lever type think that would be pressed to the back screen to ensure its stays there. However, for me this didn't happen and everytime I moved the webcam fell off.

                  The good things about the webcam.

                  Even though the important things weren't up to my standards the features of the camera really impressed me considering the price. At the top of the camera there is a snap shot push button which can take still images (pictures). This is good because then the picture is on your laptop which saves it uploading from like a camera. However, as it is a low quality camera the picture quality is poor too. The webcam has a 400x500 still image resolution which sounds all technical which I reckon is a very good feature considering it was only £4.97. I also believe another good feature of the webcam is that it works with all instant messaging (MSN,Skype). Which is great as this is used to communicate with people all over the world. Like I have already said the installation process was also a good aspect of the webcam as it was installed within minuets and is easy to follow even if you don't know a lot about computers. It also has a digital zoom which is great considering the price. The digital zoom means you can get up close or far away from the webcam without even moving.

                  Overall Opinion

                  Even though the price is fantastic it doesn't necessarily mean the product is great. Give the product a go though if your in desperate need for a webcam and have little money to buy one.

                  Review may also appear on Ciao!
                  Thanks for reading lilloulfc
                  Louise

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                    23.04.2011 02:05
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                    Good camera, cheap and cheerful

                    I've actually got a Dell laptop which has a webcam built in, but have had trouble with it from day one. I use Skype and MSN to keep in touch with family in Canada, Germany and Portugal and feel that the webcam enchants the chat and it's nice to see eachother, so I recently decided to buy a new one.

                    I'm a loyal Tesco customer and spotted the Tesco value webcam on a weekly shop there, and decided to give it ago, as they're cheap as chips at £4.97 and i didn't want to spend alot on one. The bargain factor is the main reason why i bought it if i'm honest! I found the webcam down the camera isle, inbetween the tv's and digital cameras. They can also be bought online from Tesco's website which includes next day delivery. 8 Clubcard points come with the camera which is a nice little bonus!

                    The webcam came in a neat little box patterned with the familair tesco value blue and white stripes. The box contained one instruction box, an installation CD and the webcam.

                    The instruction book was clear and easy to use and i'd soon installed the webcam drivers via the installation CD onto my laptop within a matter of minutes. I then plugged in the webcam into my laptop via the USB wire and fixed it onto the top of the laptop easily. It's a bit wobbly at times but seems to attatch well.

                    The webcam is circular and a simple black colour and very neat. It's clearly made out of plastic and is average looking, really. Nothing special but not ugly! The lens can be used to adust the focus and the silver button ontop of it gives access to a few simple functions;
                    Snapshot - This takes a picture. For example you just pose and then click the button, the result is a picture of yourself.

                    Frames - This is like a decorative picture frame that goes around the edge of you when you're on the webcam. There's 7 different styles to choose from.

                    Effects - This changes the colour and brightness, eg black and white or the backlight

                    The functions are simple and easy to use. They're not as great as the functions on my dell laptop but for the price of the tesco webcam were a nice little bonus.

                    The quality of the camera isn't great; it lags and goes out of focus easily and has a slight grainy effect to it aswell as blurring as times, but for £4.97 it's brilliant! It's just a nice simple little camera that does what it needs to. It's certianly no match for more expensive webcams, and definetly no match for HD ones! I've had mine now for about 2 weeks and i've used it on a daily basis, i've had a few comments that it's blurry etc but it soon clears up once the connection between the video chat is fully established and i think it shows my features well. If using it in a dark light it's awful quality but in good lighting it's decent! I'd reccomend it to anyone who wants a simple, cheap little gadget to keep you in touch with loved ones.

                    3/5 stars. The little features don't impact on this for me as they don't compare to my Dell webcam features, but if i were into the perticular features on this webcam etc, it'd probably be 4/5.

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