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 Post subject: Choosing a webcam
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:32 pm 
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I currently have a Technika (Tesco UK) and a Microsoft VX 1000 webcam.

I am possibly looking to upgrade, but I don't know that much about them. There are pixels and frame rates, I think.

I have heard that Logitech are good, and there are some cheap non branded ones on ebay that look alright.

I have not really decided on a budget, but I would like to know more about them and what to look out for.


Enlighten me guys.

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I recently bought the Microsoft Lifecam HD-5000. It's a pretty good cam actually, working quite well in lowlight.

Some flaws:
Skin tones are a bit purple, can be easily adjusted in the control panel

Autofocus hunts like a Canon at a concert :twisted:
(can be fixed seasily by locking the focus in the control panel)

Does not contain an onboard video processor; utilizes your CPU.
720P video with image postprocessing takes up 6-10% of my Q6600 quadcore at 3.6 GHz

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or u meant to say autofocus hunts like any Sigma lenses at moving things or concerts

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We use a Microsoft Lifecam too; the cinema web one, also 720p and HD. It works well and we haven't noticed excessive zooming but then we tend not to budge a lot from the chair. Used mainly by SWMBO to speak with kids/grandkids /friends in Mid-East and elsewhere. Price in UK about £32 to £40.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:51 pm 
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Here's a quick test shot from the HD-5000

Not at full res I think.

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I would be getting it for internet conversations though, not for photographs.

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It's a screencap from the video feed

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I sometimes use an old Panasonic NV-DS65 video camera as a webcam over firewire, it has a much better zoom range than most webacams and a buit in stereo mic. If you have any old kit have a rummage and see if you can use it.

It also depends if you want your webcam to be tethered to a machine or independent, so you can have it post content to the web or allow remote access and control. This type of camera is handy if want to use it for security as well as a webcam.

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Yes, that is the problem. You need Firewire on both the computer and camcorder. I have neither of those at the moment.

Saying that though, I have used a couple of USB stills type Cameras before as webcams.

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