Reviews and Problems with Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD
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Works, minor problems
8 October 2012
Summary: Bought as a gift for my parents. When this camera works, it works well. Causes issues loading with skype from time to time, some sort of communication problem between skype and windows, a quick restart tends to solve the issue. Not recommended if minor hiccups equal big headaches.
Summary: First, the low light performance is horrible! I say that because I use it in my home office, which I keep lit at a very low level. The camera becomes quite noisy when used in this way. Next, there is way too much overhead in the installed "features". There needs to be an option to just install the basic drivers, and leave off all the frilly things that only a few people will use.
Summary: Cam is good, the software package make the cam full featured. The installation took a while. Mic is sensitive. Overall, not super impressed under low light conditions. But is typical with most cameras.
Summary: If you want a webcam with a great picture and great audio with a low price then look no further. I'm a Mac user and am currently using this on a Mac Mini running OS X ver 10.6.8. Web cam works right out of the box, no drivers or other software necessary. BUT if you wanted this webcam with all the extra avatars and funny overlays, this will not work with the Mac. The software states (after you open the box) that it's for the Windows OS only.
Summary: The product description says it's for Mac, but that's not true. It *works* on my Mac Mini, but all of the special features are PC-only. The software that comes with it is PC-only. Macam doesn't support it. You can't zoom it. You can't pan. You can't use 'face-tracking'. You can't use the fun avatars. Out of the box, it plugs in and works with Skype, but you can't do anything besides scoot your chair forwards and backwards. It is not what is advertised.
Summary: This webcam offers a lot more features than came standard a few years ago. For as quickly as technology is supposedly advancing, this camera doesn't offer that much of anything new. The video quality is decent, but HD didn't feel that much better than the quality of webcams I've used in the past. Software bundling was adequate as well but didn't blow me out of the water.
Summary: If you want to do some live video chatting or record video, this webcam will get the job done. You probably won't be blown away, but it's good enough. I hadn't used a webcam in several years prior to this, and I thought by now they would have eliminated some of the jerkiness of the live video. I have a new computer with 8GB of ram and a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, so I can't see any reason why it shouldn't be able to produce nice smooth video.
Summary: CD won't Install, properties shows CD full, but still Auto Play won't work, Windows Pro Service Pack 3 said the drivers were installed. Creative Application will not work. Web site was a mess, Server Error message. Persistence got driver download installed Creative Application still crashed. But camera works with Skype App. Specs showed this to be a good unit...
Summary: I used several webcams, including the Logitech Pro 9000 and the Logitech Quickcam STX, before trying this one. I'm not overly impressed by the Creative. Software installation requires reading the installation instructions carefully, but I did and didn't have any trouble. I find the Logitech attachment hardware more secure, but I was able to mount the Creative on my LCD monitor. The picture is not bad, but not remarkable.