Recently purchased my first webcam, ok, sounds a bit in the dark ages that I have not had one before, but, in the effort to get to grips with technology, I now have one.
I did not want an expensive one, as really wanted to use on MSN as part of chat. So, the Trust Hires Webcam Live WB-3320X was purchased. It was purchased in a local independant shop for just under £15.00, but can be purchased a little cheaper than that now, would expect it to be approx £10 to £15 so shop around for your best price. A fantastic price for a first webcam.
From the packaging, you can tell it has a built in microphone, automatic face tracking, and is ideal for use with MSN or Skype. It also mentions quite clearly on the box that it has the following:
1.3 megapixel snapshot
680 x 480 resolution
Mentions Package contents:
CD-ROM with driver and software
and minimum requirements:
windows vista, XP or 2000
OK, now, I must point out that I am not very techie, however, not really a technophobe, but from what the box told me, I was happy that it would be suitable for my needs.
The next step is getting it to work, so, i emptied the box, promptly plugged into USB port (hoping and praying that it would all just automatically decide it would connect up but it didn't) and was greeted with a message advising me to insert the CD-ROM to install. This is where I encounter my first problem, not a problem against the product mind, but, my CD drive for some reason has decided it will not work, so, here is where I have to put my techie knowledge to the test, the installation can be downloaded form the internet, and the particular one I needed for this model was very easy to find, and a quick and easy click here to download, so for ease of getting the installation downloaded, I found it easy. OK, so I had downloaded the installation, but nothing seemed to be happening? At this point I call my sister for help, who is quite techie, unlike her little dumb blonde sister. While I was waiting for her to look up what may be wrong however, I re-read my instructions manual, which quite clearly and in perfect english states, install driver THEN insert/place into USB, well, silly me plugged it in immediately as soon as I opened it hadn't I.......so unplugged USB port, and when plugged back in, hey presto, it worked, just like the instructions had very simply said it would (if i had read it correctly in the first place). After that, I also connected it up to MSN quite easily so that friends could choose to see me if they so wish, for some reason though, not many of them have yet so wished even though i keep a comb and lipstick handy just incase a request comes through.
Once in place, the focus is adjusted easily by turning left or right, and you can position it around the computer desk so it can get you at your best angle, if you can call it that. Picture is quite clear, but I am sure some cams would have a much clearer picture, not a negative really as you get what you pay for, but just saying just expect an OK quality, is pretty clear though for the price and I think ideal if using for chat systems.
Have used the snapshot function, difficult to take decent pics, as you need to be at arms length to trigger it, but is fun, and photos are not to bad actually, decent enough quality for publishing to the net I would say.
The microphone is good on MSN chats, and other parties have been able to hear me clearly when talking to them.
I am sure I may find other functions if I take the time, but for now, it is set up and I can chat to my friends through it, that is what I wanted, so happy customer here :o)
Overall, I would say this is really good value for money, works extremely well, however cannot comment on how long it will last for as only had it a couple of months, and is actually very easy to install (if i just learn to read the instructions correctly).
This is a very cheap but efficient web cam that can be used on all computers. However, it does not sup[port extra packages such as handy cam to enhance the options of the webcam. although, fo the price it is it has superb picture quality and is great for chatting with your friends on webcam on instant messaging programs such as msn messenger.
The web cam has a handy wheel on the front (as seen in the picture) which can be used to focus and refocus the webcam. The web cam is very small and looks great sat on your desk. however it could be improved by having a stand which can connect to the top of the screen. this would mean that it would be easier to adjust the webcam and also to save it being knocked off on the desk. all in all great value for money and i do recommend it if you dont want to spend too much.