Oct 22, 2012 (Updated Oct 22, 2012)
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Awesome quality, great features, good sound, hackable
Cons:Expensive, Delicate Wiring.
The Bottom Line: For amatuer video, blogging its great, maybe overkill for the average user.
Recommend this product?
Im actually quite impressed with this item for many reasons. Its a great webcam, image and sound quality are awesome and the lens in it has a nice wide angle that makes placement easy. The automatic light adjustments the camera does create good color and lighting that are consistant.
Software & Features
Its compatible with almost everything, it has a still photo mode built into the software, as well as adjustable settings and the install was super simple. Windows 7 will actually detect the camera, download and install the entire lifecam package to your pc from the internet as soon as its plugged in. The camera also has a nice flexable/moldable bracket on it that allows it to attach to just about anything as well as a tripod screw.
Another cool thing about this camera is that the barrel is just under 1.25" and there are many how to articles on the internet that explain how to convert this into a camera that can be used on telescopes and microscopes. That was what originally turned me onto this product.
One flaw that I see and have experienced on this item is the usb cable going into the camera. The camera has a swivel on it, but no stopping point, I believe it can be turned and turned repeatedly eventually breaking the usb cable off the inside. I had to open one of mine and repair it. Was just a little dot of solder required but for some this could be a major problem.
Even with all the great things this camera offers, and the quality the price tag of $100 I feel is a bit steep for a webcam. If your wanting to do a video blog, or maybe use this to film clips or something from a mobile laptop using a tripod I think it would be a great video production device.
For the average person, who just wants to use skype or video chat, this camera might be a little overkill.
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