The Wild World of Webcams: 9 Top Models Reviewed

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Wickvid

Got a chance to play with the Microsoft HD, it was a nice webcam but still i prefer Logitech. Logitech seems to be the best for webcam models. 

If you actually want to see some of these cams in action then you can check them out being used here on this site: www.wickvid.com 

You can actually see how many different brands of camers look from the other side. 

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MrMick

Trendnet's TV-IP422w IP camera has a pan/tilt function and is capable of panning across a 330-degree arc. The resolution is pretty fuzzy, though. I reviewed it a couple of years ago: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/trendnet_tvip422w_ip_camera

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Baer

I actually have used the MS Lifecam for webcasts using its built in Mic instead of my Blue Snowball, the quality of the cam's mic is that good. I was pleasantly suprised.

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big_montana

There is one problem with the Logitech C910. When the videos are played backed in Windows Media Player, there are very noticeable compression artifacts, something that you do not see in the Microsoft Lifecam Studio. We have used both here at work to record training videos to post to our intranet, and the MS camera is by far the best for that option. It would be nice if MS would add stereo mic's and noise canceling like what is on the Logitech camera, but it is not a deal breaker like the compression artifacts on the Logitech (which do not display if played back in Logitech's software).

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stradric

Decent article.  I would have liked to have seen more wireless surveillance cams though.  I've seen a few on amazon that are decently priced and offer the ability to control the camera's aim through some servos.

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Virgnarus

Article conveniently made when I started needing to peruse consumer webcams to find one appropriate for a low-lit conference room setup. While it seems a better option to go for a PTZ camera, those things are designed for lecture rooms and surveillance and are also not cheap at all ($1,000 at least). A simple webcam to prevent us having to jury rig a laptop and whatnot to accomplish our needs will suffice. So far the C910 seems the best option.

I do wanna know, cuz it's not advertised nor explained in reviews at all: do webcams often have pan/tilt/zoom features? The only one I ever saw even mentioning such was the C910, which has an onscreen remote as well. I'm not sure if this is a feature on consumer webcams that's just typical and expected, or so uncommon no one seems to notice when it has such a feature.

 

 

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mikeart03a

The only consumer webcam that comes to mind with PTZ capabilities is the Logitech Quickcam Orbit, but they're limited at best.

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Anthony010

i have the microsoft lifecam studio and i can say, it is a great webcam/mic. i use it in all the games i play online and everyone can hear me perfectly and whenever i use skype the video is flawless (if the connection is good) and everyone on the other end is constantly asking me what i use for my webcam. Id like to upgrade to the 1080p version but i think the 720p does just fine for right now.

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Anthony010

i have the microsoft lifecam studio and i can say, it is a great webcam/mic. i use it in all the games i play online and everyone can hear me perfectly and whenever i use skype the video is flawless (if the connection is good) and everyone on the other end is constantly asking me what i use for my webcam. Id like to upgrade to the 1080p version but i think the 720p does just fine for right now.

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