Summary: I have used a generic webcam (free from Earthlink ages ago), then "upgraded" to another generic "Digigr8" gooseneck CMOS sensor webcam. I have to say I am pleased with this Philips CCD sensor webcam. The picture is crisp and sharper than the previous ones used -- you certainly get what you pay for! My favorite feature is the face-tracker; it zooms in automatically if you lean back on your chair, and zooms back out if you come too close to the camera.
Summary: I am in the desktop video conferencing business. As such I find it puzzling why any webcam would need over 30 FPS. In most cases, you just can't tell the difference. That said, I still found the full-motion video quality to be quite good with this camera. I don't like the design of the housing, it didn't mount very securely to either my desktop LCD or my laptop LCD. Overall, this is a fine webcam, but for the money, I'd go with something else.
Mac compatible, ok picture, bad for notebooks (mounting)
26 April 2007
Summary: I got this for a mac, since it was one of the only CCD-sensor webcams I could find that worked on mac with 3rd party drivers (check out macam). It works solidly, and once I found the image settings and adjusted them the image is ok. The CCD sensor definitely helps out low-light performance over cheaper webcams (like a cheap Creative Webcam for Notebooks used earlier), but the image still doesn't compare to a Creative Webcam Ultra.
Summary: Video quality is brilliant even in poor light Picture color is rich Face tracking is very impressive, but this is not much of practical use as the focus keeps changing with the smallest moves also. Does not sit properly on the laptop. Just hangs and falls whenever I adjust the LCD's position. But it can sit stable on a floor or on a PC tower. Microphone does not look very impressive as people on other end complain of feeble voice.
Excerpt: A very neat little web cam with a great picture - even in low light conditions. The sound works really well, as does the face tracking feature (it tracks your movement to keep your face in the centre of the shot). This is definitely an impressive cam. Now the negatives...whilst not really problematic the mount could be a little more positive, but the biggest drawback for me is that whilst my 6 month old cam worked fine on Windows XP, it definitely does not work with MS...
Summary: Be careful with the specs for this camera. It is essentially the same internally as the ToUcam Pro II PCVC840, that is a 640x480 resolution USB 1.1 camera. The camera chip is the Sony ICX098 BQ CCD a 640x480 sensor so it only achieves the 1.3MP resolution by interpolation. It is a good webcam but I've given it 3 stars because I think Philips (and Amazon's) publicity for this device is misleading.
Excerpt: Jag köpte min kamera för 3 månader sen i hopp om att jag hade gjort ett bra köp. Ack ack ack vad jag hade fel. Min kamera började efter ungefär en veckas chattande och camande på den välkända chatprogrammvaran msn messenger att hacka. Den slutade att filma, hacka i filmen och stängde ibland av hela messenger och jag loggades alltså ut. Jag testade utan och det hela gick mycket smidigare. Jag har nu gått tillbaka med den till samma affär som jag köpte den på.
Pros: Bra stillbilder
Cons: Hackar, drivrutiner funkade inte felfritt med msn messenger