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    1. Apple iSight Video Conferencing
    $81.69 $70.94 list($89.99)
    2. Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000
    $189.99 $189.98 list()
    3. Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet
    $246.99 $245.99 list($299.95)
    4. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g
    Too low to display list($549.99)
    5. Toshiba Wireless Network Web Camera
    $80.74 $69.87 list($99.95)
    6. Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks
    $245.22 list($349.00)
    7. Toshiba Wireless Network Camera
    $165.29 $153.95 list($199.95)
    8. Panasonic Wired Network Camera
    $45.59 $32.80 list($49.99)
    9. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
    $44.76 list($49.95)
    10. Logitech Quickcam Communicate
    $141.59
    11. CREATIVE LABS Webcam Live Ultra
    $282.14 $279.99 list($289.99)
    12. D-Link DCS-5300 10/100TX Internet
    $112.09 list($129.95)
    13. Logitech Quickcam Orbit WebCam
    $85.49 $84.32 list($99.99)
    14. Creative Labs Live Ultra WebCam
    $24.69 $24.67 list($29.99)
    15. Labtec WebCam Pro
    $39.99 list($49.99)
    16. Creative Labs WebCam NX Pro
    $579.99 list($899.90)
    17. Nikon Coolpix 5700 5MP Digital
    $25.64 $23.93 list($29.99)
    18. Creative Labs WebCam Instant
    $61.74 $57.95 list($89.99)
    19. Creative Labs WebCam NX Ultra
    $104.49 $99.97 list($129.99)
    20. D-Link DCS-900W Wireless Internet

    1. Apple iSight Video Conferencing Webcam with Autofocus M8817LL/C
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $149.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007KX4VU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 464
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iSight Webcam v3 ... Read more

    Features

    • Autofocus from 2 inches to infinity
    • Video conference easily over broadband Internet
    • 640 x 480 resolution with 24-bit color at 30 frames per second
    • Built-in noise-suppressing microphone
    • Includes 3 stands and can be clipped to the top of an LCD display for a more accurate centered video image.

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Also get the SightFlex
    If you have an iSight, you might also be interested in the "SightFlex", which is a flexible mount for the iSight and allows you to position it pretty much anywhere you want.It's really nice.It costs $20, but Amazon doesn't sell it.Just do web search for "SightFlex", and you'll find plenty of sellers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 3 star camera, 5 star price
    Fuzzy images and feedback.That's not what I expected with the iSight, but it's what I got.After months of holding off, researching and reading reviews, I finally purchased two iSights, the Cadillac of video cams."Like no other camera," the review says.As an avid Mac fan it pains me to say this, but I'd change that to "Like most other cameras."

    When we took the iSights out of the box and installed them, my wife and I were very pleased with the ease of instillation.Plug and play.Simple.But there was noticeable microphone feedback on the sound.No problem, I thought--both iSights are in the same room.So the next day I took my powerbook and iSight to work.Same problem: An echoing feedback that you wouldn't expect from even a mediocre microphone. Also, we really had to speak up to be heard.

    The other disappointment was with the picture quality.A little on the fuzzy side.Even when you reduce the viewing window, you never get a truly crisp image.Light helps image quality, but even under good lighting conditions the picture is grainy.

    I am very pleased with the frame rate, which is snappy. It looks (and is) very real-time.I'm also happy with the size and weight of the iSight, as well as the carrying case that comes with it.And, of course, you can't beat free video conferencing, even if it's not everything you dreamed.

    Note:The iSight comes WITH a mount for flat panel and laptop monitors.I've seen several review complaining that they had to buy the accessory kit to mount their iSight.Simply not true if you have a laptop of flat screen monitor.

    Also untrue are any posting telling you that you need to purchase a $99 .Mac account to use the iSight.If you have OSX 10.3+ iChatAV is built in and ready to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars simply outstanding
    all in all, this is absolutely the best solution i've found for video chat, and i've tried a few web cameras over the years. with its 50mm f2.8 lens my new isight's low light performance is superb. one complaint i've had with webcams from other manufacturers is their contrast in low light situations falls off, and the image picks up a lot of noise. not so with this little gem. it's also light weight, compact, and incredibly simple to use. plug in a single firewire cable and you're done.

    what about the built in audio quality? that's right -- no independent mic required! i often video conference for my job and i bought a coworker one of his own. somehow the isight is able to keep two independent streams of audio going (on both sides of the chat) while still suppressing "feedback" loops, or echoing that occurs if ambient sound bleeds across into an incoming stream. even overlapping dialog is handled well. sometimes i'll play music from itunes in the background as we work and my coworker hears it just fine, but my voice still punches through in perfect balance.

    apple has done a brilliant job with this camera, on every count, especially given the price. 3 cheers!

    3-0 out of 5 stars check the picture
    I just got my iSight today and guess what? I need to get the accessory kit to mount it on my flat panel display. If that requirement is in the above verbage I missed it, but the picture shows it happily on the top of the display. I'll add on to this once it's connected ( sitting under the display till UPS brings the accessory kit). ... Read more


    2. Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000
    by Logitech
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $81.69
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HMPK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 139
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Share high-quality images and videos with friends and family using this Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 Camera. A high-performance VGA CCD sensor and simple-to-install, easy-to-use software make it a breeze to create, edit, enhance and send fabulous 1.3 megapixel photos and high-quality videos. Features include studio-quality editing; video instant messaging; live video calls; built-in microphone; snap function for instant pictures and videos; live indicator light; digital zoom; privacy shade; Mac and PC compatibility; movie and photo software; stop-motion and time-lapse animation; live audio and video with SpotLife.com (registration required); and ability to add video to your eBay auctions. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP; Mac OS X 10.1.5 to 10.2.6
    • 640 x 480 video resolution and 1280 x 960 photo resolution
    • Built-in microphone
    • USB 1.1 interface
    • Includes a full suite of camera utility software

    Reviews (146)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Installation Nightmare...
    After reading the glowing reviews, I got this camera for my XP Service Pack 2 system (btw, an ASUS A7NX8-E Deluxe motherboard). Following the instructions, I attempted to install the software before plugging the camera in. In fact, I downloaded the latest software (v 8.4.6 build 1016A) from the Logitech website first. The initial attempt to install failed during the process to install the drivers. It loadedseveral files and then attempted to "Uninstall Device" (?!!?). The Logitech program it tried to run, DELDEV.EXE, died, generating a system warning (ie. "Device Removal Module Died! Send Report To Microsoft ?"). It then retries, dies, retries, dies, forever. Had to finally kill the install process in the Task Manager. Nice.

    In looking on the Logitech Support website, they recommend doing a "Clean Boot Process" prior to install. This involves running the utility, MSCONFIG, and doing a "selective startup", turning off all Windows configuration files and all Windows Services and rebooting the machine. Jeez, I've never had to do this with any other software installation -- ever! Seems excessive and burdensome, especially for a USB device. But, I tried it. I had the same installation failure. I tried doing this again, but clearing out all temp files first (another suggestion). No go.

    I've spent hours pouring over the Logitech Knowledge Base and User Discussion Groups. I haven't found a good solution. But I've seen lots of discussion of folks having problems with XP Service Pack 2. Some folks report success with XP SP2, but there are also a lot of folks having a frustrating time. Looks like the QuickCam software is not completely stable/reliable under XP Service Pack 2. Waiting to hear back from Logitech Tech Support -- but I'm not holding my breath for a speedy resolution.

    I've just about given up. I went into the Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs utility to clean up the *partially* installed QuickCam software. The Uninstall program for the QuickCam software dies with an exception in SetupDLL/SetupDLL.cpp(454) (ie. line 454 of the C++ code for SetupDLL). So I've got this crappy, half-installed software I can't clear out of my system. Gosh, thanks Logitech.

    I know people are using this camera successfully and getting great results. But I can't get past the initial software install (haven't even plugged the camera in the USB port yet). I would recommend that anyone considering purchasing this camera for XP Service Pack 2 first visit the Logitech support website, and search through the Knowledge Base and the User Discussion Groups.

    Disappointed, John

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not very sharp
    For close ups, this camera is fine, but forget the zoom.Very out of focus, even after turning the focus ring six ways from Sunday.It just doesn't get sharp.Maybe 5-8 feet is the maximum distance. Outside of that it's too blurry.I also have the $28 Webcam NX and it has a much better picture for distance shots.

    The focus ring took some work to get it free. The rubber ring seems to get stuck on the plastic camera body.I managed to get some plastic under it and finally got it to turn, although it still isn't very easy.

    The "Face Tracking" consists of zooming in and out to find the person.There isn't any movement of the camera body. For that you have to go up to the next level of Logitec cameras.

    Color is very good and there are plenty of automatic and manual settings for light, background, color etc.

    Two bases are included; one for hanging onto the laptop and the other for flat surfaces.Both have rubber bases to keep them from slipping. The laptop one is very durable and flexible so you can bend it to fit the edge of the screen or other vertical flat surface.They just snap on so it's very easy to change from one to the other.

    If only it were sharper it would be a really nice camera.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice picture, bad mechanical
    I am happy with the picture quality of this web cam. However, the mechanical leaves a lot to be desired

    With one day of using it, the camera head started flopping around. Looks like the spring this is supposed to be holding the head on to the base is very weak and after pointing the camera a few times, it became very loose and there is no way to tighten it or adjust it.

    I thought I just had a bad one so I exchanged it. When I got the new one home, I was as careful as I can be. But within one week, the same thing happened. It is obviously a mechanical design flaw. The worse part is that the USB cable attached to the camera head is long and thick relatively to the camera. With the camera head being loose, the cable now controls which direction the carmea points to.

    This makes the camera almost unusable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars novice is delighted
    I am a novice web-cam user and I bought this one because of the good reviews here and was delighted. Though I can not offer any comparitive information, I can vouch for its simple set up and the miracle of being able to see and speak with someone via the internet.This cam has good visual and sound quality, I love it!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars QuickCam not compatible Window Media Center Edition 2005 OS
    Warning to anyone running the Window Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE) operating system - This webcam will not work with any messenger program (Yahoo, MSN, AIM)!

    From Logitech Tech Support:

    Thank you for your recent inquiry about your QuickCam Pro 4000.

    I understand that you would like to know if QuickCam is supported on the Window Media Center Edition 2005 OS.

    Unfortunately, I regret to inform you that QuickCam is not supported on the Window Media Center Edition 2005 OS currently. We are not sure when and if this OS will be supported.

    I request you to check back at the Logitech website in future for updates that may contain support for the Window Media Center Edition 2005 OS.

    I apologize for the inconvenience caused. ... Read more


    3. Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet Video Camera
    by Linksys

    our price: $189.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002V8KW2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Linksys
    Sales Rank: 3291
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    MODEL- WVC54G VENDOR- LINKSYS FEATURES- Wireless-G Internet Video CameraThe Linksys Wireless-G Internet Video Camera sends live video withsound through the Internet to a web browser anywhere in the world!This compact, self-contained unit lets you keep track of your home,your kids, your workplace -- whatever is important to you. Unlike standard ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
    • Sends a high-quality live audio/video stream to your network wirelessly over 802.11g -- viewable from anywhere
    • Built-in stand-alone web server, no PC necessary
    • Security Mode automatically sends email alerts with video clips upon motion detection
    • Supports up to four simultaneous remote users

    Reviews (16)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Microphone works only for 2 weeks.
    I have had this camera for the last 4 months (well in reality 3 different cameras). The camera has its positives and negatives

    Positive:
    I can view my baby from work, which by itself makes it priceless.
    The picture quality is better than I expected.
    The Viewer utility lets me record images and take snapshot.

    Negative:
    The microphone stops working within few weeks. I have gone and exchanged 3 times. The camera's microphone works great for 2 weeks and then after that just hear a constant buzzing sound. I have sent Linksys multiple emails regarding the matter, but no answer. I would appreciate if anybody out there has a resolution for this.
    I also did subsrcibe to the Sololink service. The website is extremely slow. Luckily I was able to configure the viewer utility on my work computer.
    Setup directions and Linksys helpdesk could be a lot bette

    2-0 out of 5 stars Network Nightmare
    The camera is plagued by frequent lock-ups. It is unable to renew IP addresses when in DHCP mode and does not acknowlege static IP address changes. I had to reset the camera 3 times to default. After reset it is accessible by the .115 address. I was able to get the device working on a couple of occasions, including port forwarding features through a linux firewall. However, if you do get this camera up and running, I don't recommend shutting it off. Technical support was very helpful in telling me how to open the box.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unable to connect wirelessly
    I was unable to connect the wireless camera to my wireless network.I was on the phone with tech. support for almost an hour and tried many things but it wouldn't connect.It did connect through a wire but that's not what I bought it for.

    I also found the setup process difficult and would not have been able to complete it without tech support.I had hoped it would be as easy to connect as connecting a laptop to a wireless network.But that was not the case.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Hardware, Terrible Software
    Was able to install and get the camera up and running on my wireless network, without any WEP (encryption)
    It took a call to tech support, and about 40 minutes to get it connected WITH encryption.
    The Viewer Utility that comes with the camera works fine when you're in network (LAN), forget about using WAN.
    Even though the literature boasts the connectivity and features over the internet- the software doesn't work!
    After spending about 2 hours on the phone with various tech support- most of it on hold- the tech comes back and says "this software doesn't work over the internet"
    to which i reply "that's not what your bragging rights on the box says... there's a tab within the program for LAN, and a tab for INTERNET.. why does it ask me for the IP address and PORT if it doesn't support AN INTERNET CONNECTION?"
    ...dead silence...
    to which the heavily accented tech support gentleman responds "well, thats what they're telling me"
    thanks for wasting my time.
    At any rate, that's not to say you can't connect to the camera over the internet- you can- you simply can't use the included viewer utility over the internet. (taking snapshots, video, scheduling pixs and vid)

    pros:
    great picture quality
    high frame rate capability
    audio
    adjustable arm and stand

    cons:
    viewer/recorder utility doesn't work over internet
    expensive

    2-0 out of 5 stars now it always works
    I left my baby at home with nanny. Amount thousands $ we spent on electronics, nothing worth more than this web cam, simply because it let me see my child while I am working. I wanted something that i don't need to turn on my PC all the time. The wireless feature and microphone is definitely a must. I am happy with the video image quality eventhough it's not impressive at all. All I need is knowing what's happening around my baby. Although the problem I have is some time I can connect to this camera at work, some time I simply can't. I say I usally get 10% of success rate. It's truely frastrating when I need to connect but can't. I guess it might have something to do with firewall of my company. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Called linksys help. They seams know nothing more than a regular customer does and they can't tell more than what menu says already.
    Another problem is the microphone stops working after two weeks. I had to replace it with another unit with my own shipping expense. I just want to have this product working because I can't find another product had the same feature (wireless and microphone).

    update:
    After talking with linksys a few times, and asking technical advice from my friend. The problems I had might been two: I use a router to get access to DSL. This router was set up a while ago, and apparently it'll only stay idle for 30minutes. So I need to set it to be "always active". 2nd issue might been this cam needs to use channel 1024. After these two things were done, I can connect to the web cam without any more failures. Hope this help in case you had the similar issue I had.
    ... Read more


    4. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g Network Camera (BL-C30A)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $299.95
    our price: $246.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002GS4ZA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 2258
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Panasonic Consumer (BL-C30A) PANASONIC NETWORK CAMERA ... Read more

    Features

    • Automatically upload images to an FTP server or Web page -- images can be viewed by 30 users at once
    • Connects wirelessly through 802.11b or G Wireless port
    • Tilt/Scan tools for moving the camera vertically, with Pan/Scan tools for horizontal motion
    • Pan and tilt, center the image automatically or choose from 8 preset positions
    • Compact design with hideable lens, for added comfort and privacy

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars support service really bad
    Not only it is very difficuly to setup the support service representatives have no incentives to help you. Be aware!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Could not get wireless working
    Great features for the price.Image quality is so-so but is as advertised.It worked great when using a wired connection.When I tried to connect using my AirportExtreme it was a no go.I tried everything.Removing security.Renaming the network.All I got was a flashing yellow light which makes trouble shooting pretty hard.Panasonic support tried to help but nothing worked.It is being returned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works fine on a Mac
    Panasonic doesn't support it, but this camera, and all Panasonic Netcams, work fine with a Mac.To view full motion video, you must use Netscape or Firefox.Safari and IE will only allow you to view fixed images.No add-ons or active-x or other such nonsense is needed with Netscape or Firefox.The video just works.

    As for setup, you will have to set this (and other Panasonic Netcams) up with a broswer, not with the automatic setup CD that works with windows.It's not difficult.Configure your Mac to use the built in Ethernet connection only, configured manually to IP address 192.168.0.5, subnet 255.255.255.0. Connect an ethernet cable between your Mac and the Camera (with a modern Mac any cable will do, with older ones you'll need a crossover cable.) Then access the camera at the address specified deep in the documentation (for this camera it's 192.168.0.253).The first time in you'll be asked to select a username and password.Do that and then you'll have full access to the setup utilities where you can change IP addrerss, DCHP, and other parameters.You can also setup the excellent free viewnetcam.com service and give your camera a real internet name.This is my third Panasonic Netcam, and I've been very pleased with them all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not good on a Mac!
    First, I will say that this camera is great!The image is clear even in low light, and we found it pretty easy to set up with our Linksys wireless router.I did have a few questions and had an excellent experience with their customer service number--both times I got someone immediately who told me what to do.

    However, customer service told me that this camera will not stream video to a Mac!The next best option is to have the image refresh every 3 seconds.It is better than nothing, but I felt mislead from the info provided on Amazon.It works great on our PC, though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good value, reasonable image
    I have had my BL-C30A for about 2 weelks and overall I am satisfied with the performance. I agree with the reviewer who said image was not adequate for detailed surveilance. I would suggest you go to: http://www.securityideas.com/securitycam/demos.html to view and work an actual camera. I pretty well knew what I was getting. I use my camera as a weather cam and it is C+/B- for this purpose. Wireless setup and Internet access were quite simple, thanks to a good instruction manual. Three features that would have been nice are zoom, focus, and a date/timestamp on the images. I really didn't want to spend the additional money to get these features. I wrote an email to Panasonic regarding lack of a date/timestamp and got an automated reply 2 weeks later that didn't even address the question, let alone answer it, so D- for technical support. For the money, I suspect that this is as good as it gets. ... Read more


    5. Toshiba Wireless Network Web Camera (IK-WB11A)
    by Toshiba
    list price: $549.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00017X2VQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 17853
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Toshiba IK-WB11A network camera captures live, high-resolution video that is viewable anywhere in the world through a standard web browser. It is the perfect tool for surveillance, business, entertainment, web site broadcasting and more.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, XP; Mac OSX
    • Capture live, high resolution video viewable from anywhere in the world, via the Internet
    • 1280 x 960 maximum resolution
    • 802.11b compliant, and ready for use on a wireless network
    • Add audio to your video stream with any standard microphone

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars easy home security type camera
    I wanted to get a camera for the house that I could check while on the road travelling for work. The Toshiba camera featured a low light level so I can type in my camera webpage address and see the front of the house at night in lower light levels. The camera works wirelessly from my linksys wireless B/G router. All I needed to do was plug the camera into power outlet which was in the garage. The power cord is 30+ feet. I found Toshiba updated the temperature specs so it can be used in -4 to 122F temperatures. It was easy to install and the picture quality is great at 1.45 megapixels. The camera also has a rugged housing unlike most cameras priced at the same level. ... Read more


    6. Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks (USB)
    by Logitech
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $80.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006LIOM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 543
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Whether you're across the street or across the world, you can stay in touch with loved ones using the Notebooks Pro Quickcam PC Camera. A built-in mount easily connects camera to notebooks so you can make real-time video calls and add live video to messages. With its high-quality VGA CCD sensor, camera works with top messaging applications to provide 640x480 pixel video capture and 1280x960 pixel still image capture. Other features include face-tracking software, digital zoom, focus in/out, pan/tilt, 6" to infinity focus range, snapshot button and LED. Comes with built-in microphone, protective travel case and 30" USB cable. Requires Windows 98/2000/Me/XP and Mac OS 10.1.5 or higher. Imported. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP
    • 640 x 480 video resolution and 1280 x 960 photo resolution
    • Built-in microphone
    • USB 1.1 interface
    • Includes a full suite of camera utility software

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great webcam for users looking for a notebook camera
    Initially I was suspicios about the quality vs. the price but after purchasing this, I really love it. It gives very good image even in the dark places. I don't need any extra lighting arrangement. Even the still images are also very good. Before this, I had tried other webcams as well boht for PC and for my laptop and ended in returning them to the store, but this is the best image I have ever got.

    The box provided along with the camera makes it handy to bundle it up with the laptop and take along. The stand is also well adjusted on the top of my laptop just the way I was looking for.

    I think it is a very good buy...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the traveller
    I've used this web cam for more than a year when I trave . It's perfect for the task, fitting into a small mesh bag with a boom mike headset. The supplied case protects it well.

    In use, the supplied mounting is a bit of genius: it will hang happily and steadily from the several laptops I've used it with. Learning the technique of mounting it correctly may take a few moments to master. You are essentially seeeking the web cam's center of gravity. Judging from some of the reviews here it would seem some did not grasp that essential concept.

    Image quality is good. Certainly not less than I would expect - but not anything more either.

    For stationary user there are better choices. For the traveller, however, this is the best I've found.

    Jerry

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice and portable
    I've had this webcam for about a year now and I haven't had many problems with it. Actually, I can't think of any problems I've had with it. The little arms allow me to easily manipulate the way it attaches to my laptop and the angle that it uses. You also have a limited ability to pan and tilt the camera through the software and have it automatically track your face. The image quality is pretty good and it functions surprisingly well in lower light conditions. It is quite small and packs up really well in the hard case. Overall, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better camera for your laptop.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Maybe it will work for you. Maybe not.
    This cam may work at one location, but not at others, depending on the environment. It was a problem to install right from the start and I spent several Sunday afternoons with un-installing and re-installing drivers, Windows "clean boots" and their like. Logitech online support provides only basic information. The driver software's "self healing" option is a joke. Proper support seems non-existent.
    From forums on the Internet I learned that the drivers may not really be designed for Win2000 and that Logitech cams only support USB1.1 anyway. But even after purchasing a USB1.1 interface card the problems persisted. As an electronics engineer I finally managed to resolve the problem with a solder iron inside the webcam.
    It works fine now - but Warranty void. Too much of my precious private time wasted. Very disappointing for cam at this price level.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
    Worked right out of the box. Nice picture and easy to setup and use. I use it on AOL video messenger and it works well.
    One thing to think about because I use it on my main computer not a laptop (I like the way it fits on my flat panel monitor) the USB cable was not long enough. I bought an extension for it and it worked out OK. ... Read more


    7. Toshiba Wireless Network Camera (IK-WB01A)
    by Toshiba
    list price: $349.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000YB7SK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Toshiba
    Sales Rank: 5502
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Toshiba Cameras & Projectors (IK-WB01A) Toshiba Wi ... Read more

    Features

    • Bulit-in Microphone
    • PC Compatible
    • Network Camera
    • 350,000 Pixel
    • Low-light imaging

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good with some minor flaws
    I have this and a DLink DCS-900W.Both can do 640x480 color, but the DLink costs about 60% as much.This camera is more than twice as good, as long as you don't need FTP.

    The out-of-box experience is pretty bad.I've had two of these, and both were dead out of the box.Charging overnight fixes that, but it's a delay.And then they need firmware updates.But once that's done and the image settings changed, this has a beautiful picture and usable controls, plus decent sound.

    Compared to the D-Link, this has excellent low-light capabilities, down to maybe below 1 Lux, though not near-dark.And the image is vibrant and in-focus.

    The downsides include that the FTP upload crashes, the web interface requires Active-X and doesn't always load the first time, and really poor wireless coverage.I wound up running a CAT5 wire.(The DLink excels at this, which you'd expect since DLink is a networking company.)But most users won't care about FTP and only use Internet Explorer so Active-X isn't an issue.And if these are problems, Active WebCam works well with the camera.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Toshiba's IK-WB01A is a disgrace!!
    I am extremely disappointed with this camera. The manual is written in very poor English which I had a hard time deciphering and it doesn't explain some basic operations. I cannot imagine how Toshiba managed to get the best geeks in Japan to develop this camera but they couldn't get a professional translator to write up a manual in English. I know that most of their customer's speak English, so this doesn't make any sense.

    In addition, their website has several non-functional links. The links to download manuals, documentation or obtain support are all dead. The main page is http://www.toshiba.com/taisisd/netcam/support/support_index.htm but try clicking on the "customer support" links and you go nowhere.

    Last but not least, this camera doesn't seem to be able to record any video unless you purchase additional software fro about $40. This is absurd, especially for an expensive $200 camera like this. The video recording software is called NWREC01 and I had to do some research just to find out that I needed this software in order to record.

    All this reflects very poorly on Toshiba and I will try to avoid all Toshiba products from now on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good camera but somewhat misleading for motion detection
    I was looking for a wireless pan/tilt security type camera that includes low light (for seeing outside at night or wherever there can be little light) and thought I had found the perfect one for the right price so I got this one.

    However, I was sort of misled on the motion detection option (which I also wanted).You need to wire up an external trigger (like closing a switch) which then in turn will allow the camera to record images and email you, etc, that movement was sensed.They call this alarm notification or something.This camera does not have `built-in' motion detection (unlike the higher end Toshiba model WB11A which does) or some others that do.Since the manual for the WB01A and WB11A are combined it's easy to be misled (the WB11A has configurable built-in motion detection that the manual shows you how to configure).

    Other than that, the camera is pretty easy to configure, pan/tilt/zoom works good, and the picture looks pretty decent.Not sure of the wireless range since I did not put that to the test but it was easy to configure and get on the network.The auto low light worked pretty well for seeing things in a darker setting.I haven't used other web cameras besides this one but did see a review that mentioned the Panasonic BL-C30A was better but it is also more expensive than this one.

    So if you are looking for a wireless pan/tilt/zoom camera that also can see well in low light conditions but does not have built-in motion detection, this camera is well worth a look for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outdoor camera
    Great camera for price. I bought the optional accessory kit model IK-WBACC1 so I could install the camera outdoors. I have the camera running on the 802.11b wireless network and was amazed at how easy it is to install. This is a great camera for home or business. ... Read more


    8. Panasonic Wired Network Camera (BL-C10A)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $199.95
    our price: $165.29
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002GS4Z0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 1945
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Panasonic Consumer (BL-C10A) PANASONIC NETWORK CAMERA ... Read more

    Features

    • Built-in thermal sensor can be programmed to email an alert with an image attached, whenever someone gets near your computer
    • Tilt/Scan tools for moving the camera vertically, with Pan/Scan tools for horizontal motion
    • Pan and tilt, center the image automatically or choose from 8 preset positions
    • Compact design with hideable lens, for added comfort and privacy
    • Automatically upload images to an FTP server or Web page -- images can be viewed by 30 users at once

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Full featured and worth every penny
    Ok... so I did some research for IP cameras and I ended up buying the Panasonic. To my surprise, it performed above and beyond my expectations for a camera in this price range. You can setup remote viewing and even control it remotely. I tested the remote viewing in Switzerland and it worked beautifully. A bit slow on the refresh, but it was half way around the world.

    I haven't tried multiple cameras but I will soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera, Excellent Value.
    I purchased this network camera to keep an eye on our cats while we were vacationing and just to check in on the house.I was very pleased by the quality and ease of use the camera has.

    Setting up the camera was very easy and I had no problems.

    The camera's clarity is incredible for its price range, considering that it also pans and scans (with great range of motion).

    Speaking to clarity, when the camera moves in any direction, the motors makes a little noise...Not obnoxious or anything, but curious cats had to come check it out each time we moved it while away.Using the snapshot ability on the camera, we got some of the best pictures of the 'kids' we've gotten from any camera when we were there in person.

    The camera worked flawlessly - what a great way to ease your mind if you have good internet access where the camera is and where you'll be.

    Highly recommended... I'm writing this review because I'm back to order another for different part of the house. :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    Just received my camera. Setup was a breeze.
    I have not yet used the Dynamic IP service from Panasonic, but I think it will work fine as any other service of this type.

    The automatic PnP function did not work trying to configure my Linksys router. A minor nuance if you do not know how to setup your router.

    Image quality is very good, but not excelent. The camera has a little trouble working on the white balance, but the provided controls on the browser application let you adjust, so no problem here either. Again, image quality is way above webcams, better that other network cams on the price range, but below than higher ticket net cams.

    A nice feature is that you can set up to 4 positions (there are five already preset: camera corners and home position), so you can easly go from checking the door to the desk, etc. in one single mouse click.

    Althoug it is designed to be set on a fixed position, on my tests I hooked up to a mini-tripod. By accident, I pull the network cord making the camera fell to the hard floor from about 5 feet. Nothing happened to it.

    For the price, it is a highly recomendable PAN/TILT Camera.

    Enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby...
    I am not an expert on webcams but I have done a lot of research.My main computer is a Windows XP machine but I wanted to view webcam images on my Mac Powerbook and cell phone.First of all, the price is right, about half the cost of a Toshiba camera I was thinking about.Set up was automatic with my Linksys router.Image quality is good and has several settings.It has some nice features that are easy to use.You have to play with the confusing buffer/transfer/email settings for a while so you don't get overloaded with email.Motion is often blurry.For Mac users, Safari and IE will not work on your free Panasonic web page.Firefox will.On my i500 Palm Smartphone, WebPro browser doesn't work but Blazer will.It works great with Snappermail too.So far, I am happy with my purchase even though it doesn't have sound, wireless, or weather resistance. ... Read more


    9. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $45.59
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UE9WI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 395
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Share Live! Video and High Quality Audio When You're Instant Messaging!

    Let them see you too! The Creative WebCam Live! brings you closer to friends and family with live video over the Internet. Using high quality web cam sensor and lens, the WebCam Live! delivers amazing colors and fast frame rate. Grab 1024x768 resolution photos instantly and use the included software to create digital postcards, calendars, and more. Creative understands that clear voice is important when you're instant messaging, and that is why the WebCam Live! is bundled with a separate microphone.

    Features:

    • 640x480 CMOS sensor delivers high quality videos
    • Video capture at up to 30 fps
    • Still image capture at up to 1024x768 resolution (software enhanced)
    • Dedicated microphone for superior audio
    • Snapshot button makes it easy to take a photo
    • USB 1.1 connection
    • Sleek design perfectly compliments home and office PCs
    • Flexible three-way base sits on any surface or attaches to flat panel or notebook displays
    • Works with Yahoo!® Messenger, AIM, MNS® Messenger, Windows® Messenger, and other instant messenger services
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services
    • 640 x 480 CMOS sensor delivers high quality videos
    • Still image capture at up to 1024 x 768 resolution (software enhanced)
    • Dedicated microphone for superior audio
    • Snapshot button makes it easy to take a photo

    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
    The quality of this camera is -excellent- for this price range. I am quite satified with it. Still image captures come out clear and video captures are also clear and fast. As a webcam, I am impressed how fast it picks up movements. I use it on Yahoo messenger. Super-mode would turn on and the quality of the cam is lifelike. However, the downside about this webcam is Yahoo tends to crash once in awhile. It might be a different for other messengers with webcam features.It may be Yahoo that isn't working right and not the camera since it also kept crashing my old cam and pc. Another downside, is the camera tends to fall a lot. It does not clip well to the flat panel or notebook. It has a moveable base but is better placed on a flat surface. Other than that, if your looking for a good quality camera this would be a good one to consider. :)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Software is useless!!!
    I bought this camera to use for motion detection as an extra
    security device at home to email me if motion is detected.
    The jocks at creative have helpfully failed to include the option for smtp authentication so no email you try and send
    will ever get through unless you have one of the rare few email
    accounts where the smtp server does not require a password, if
    you do it wont last for long.
    [...]Aside from that the camera is good but I'd suggest getting another one with software that is useful because this is a big
    feature.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comment on Creative Labs WebCam Live!
    This is the third Creative Labs webcam I have bought. Compared to the previous ones (a first generation webcam and a more recent Pro eX), this one produces better pictures - brighter and better color rendering. It works well in low light environment. So as far as performance is concerned, I am pretty happy. However, if you're looking for a webcam that can be SECURELY mounted on your laptop, this one is definitely not for you. This webcam does NOT have a clip or a snap-on mechanism. It does allow you to put the webcam on laptop computer's display panel without falling off if the computer is on a leveled surface without any kind of movement. Even that is little bit shaky if the dispaly panel is thin (like my Dell Inspiron 700m). I give this webcam a 4 star instead of 5 mainly for this reason.

    A note about installation (Windows XP with SP2):
    This is not a big deal but I thought I would just share with everyone in case someone gets confused. Like other Creaive Labs stuff I have bought before (webcams and MP3 player), the installation procedure in the manual doesn't quite match what you actually experience. The manual indicates after you finish installing the software (drivers and apps), then you plug in the webcam and Windows will discover the hardware and you go from there. In reality,you will be asked to plug in the webcam before you finish the software installation and you never go through the Windows hardware discovery process.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good deal,neat design,made in Korea
    actually you can manually adjust brightness and contrastness, as well as gamma correction.
    good picture quality,
    a little bit slow caused by data conjestion ? via LAN connection,but where you can find USB2.0 at this price?
    btw, I believe Koreans' made after I bought 3 iRivers MP3 players.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for seeing loved ones.
    I bought two of these cameras, one for myself and one for my parents that live in CA (I'm in WA).I moved away recently and wanted to see them more often than I can afford to fly.This camera does a great job and the mic works well too.

    A previous reviewer said the video was blurry and slow, I am using MSN messenger and the problem is the broadband connection.When I used the camera on my home LAN to have a video conference between my laptop and desktop the image was great.Clear, smooth very little delay.When I use the camera to talk to my parents there is lag and fast motion causes blurring.To me this is acceptable.If I wanted to pay hundreds of dollars for a business class connection the image would be better but thats too much money.

    The voice communication is pretty much equivalent to phone.Almost no delay and very easy to hear.As far as the echo the previous reviewer mentioned his speakers are probably turned up too loud.Every time you hear someone call into a radio station and the DJ tells them to turn down their stereo it is because their speakers are up too high and are causing an echo.If you use the mic in conjuction with headphones it works great.

    For $50 I couldn't be happier with this product.MSN integrates flawlessly with it and so far it is all free.The voice quality is close to a dedicated phone line and cuts down on my long distance calls. ... Read more


    10. Logitech Quickcam Communicate Web Cam
    by Logitech
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: B0002UM05Q
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 3278
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Logitech Inc (961362-0403) QuickCam Communicate ... Read more

    Features

    • PC camera with built-in microphone
    • High-quality QVGA CMOS image sensor with 640 x 480 resolution
    • Still image capture up to 640 x 480 in BMP and JPEG format
    • Video AVI file capture and 30 frames per second refresh rate
    • USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible connection

    Reviews (11)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected
    It was exactly what I expected. Delivered good quality pictures with good video stream. Makes for a lot of fun time online. And it's quite clear according to the other end. I would recommend this product if you're in the mid price range, it's not too expensive but there are cheaper models. I believe it's well worth the bang for the buck, and I give it a 4 out of 5 because there aren't 4.5s ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent for the money
    As a first time webcame user I wasn't sure what to get.I went ahead and got the cheaper Logitech cam because the one that is above this one really isn't that much different.This camera is great for beginners and I've found the quality to be pretty decent.It's very east to use and set up and the bendable stand it has for flat panels and notebooks is very convienent.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Deceptive packaging
    I was looking for my first webcam and came upon this camera in a store.The front of the package clearly states that it is USB 2.0.A little checking around revealed that this was really not the case, the representative on Logitech's web forum said that it was USB 1.1 but would work on a USB 2 port and that was the reason it was marked as USB 2.Calls to Logitech's customer service and tech support had totally different results, I was assured by both that this was indeed a USB 2 camera.

    I finally got down to the bottom of it with further checking with the USB standards organization, USB-IF.The logo on the package indicates that it is a USB 1.1 device, but Logitech has added "USB 2.0" underneath the logo.While one could easily dismiss this as a typographical error, the information that was relayed to me by Logitech on the phone would seem to indicate that there is an intent to deceive and confuse the consumer into believing that this product is a Hi-Speed USB camera when it is not.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Quick Cam communicate STX
    I bought this web camera and it works great send email video's sound and picture were great had fun using it, then I went to use my printer and it would not work said it did not reconize my computer so took the camera off and printer worked so then loaded the camera again and still the same thing so cannot use this camera with my printer unless I do not want my printer to work, Could someone who maybe had the same problem help me out.
    Thanks so much PAT

    1-0 out of 5 stars Awful quality
    I ordered this since I am moving away to college in the fall and I got myself the Logitech Notebook Pro which is a thousand times better. The picture quality is ridiculous and whenever I took a picture my computer crashed! I am returning this immediately! ... Read more


    11. CREATIVE LABS Webcam Live Ultra for Notebook Computer VF0070
    by Creative Labs

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    Asin: B0009BBBM6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 9575
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    Product Description

    Creative Labs (73VF007000000) WebCam Live Ultra for Notebook ... Read more

    Features

    • Stylish, compact design for notebooks with PowerGrip attachment
    • Wide-angle lens captures everyone in the video
    • True high-speed USB 2.0 delivers smoother video at 30 fps and true-to-life color images
    • Certified high-speed USB 2.0 (fully compatible with USB 1.1 PCs).
    • PowerGrip attachment securely fits on notebook display.

    12. D-Link DCS-5300 10/100TX Internet Camera, Pan/Tilt, Built-in Microphone
    by D-Link
    list price: $289.99
    our price: $282.14
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001AU9B4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: D-Link
    Sales Rank: 5440
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    Product Description

    The DCS-5300 Internet Camera is a full-featured surveillance system that connects to an Ethernet or Fast Ethernet connection. ... Read more


    13. Logitech Quickcam Orbit WebCam
    by Logitech
    list price: $129.95
    our price: $112.09
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DBMKK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 2193
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    You lead—the Logitech QuickCam Orbit PC Camera follows. The Orbit has a high-quality CCD sensor and a mechanical design enabling it to follow you as you move throughout the room. Features include up to 640x480 video resolution; up to 1280x960 still image resolution; mechanical pan and tilt; digital zoom; microphone; snap button; instant messaging; video calls; video mails; USB port; USB cable; and compatibility with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Windows 2000, Me, XP, and Mac OS 10.1.5 to 10.2.6
    • Always stay in the frame thanks to the automatic face-tracking software and mechanical pan and tilt feature
    • Record high quality videos at true 640 x 480 resolution with the high-quality CCD sensor
    • Capture 1.3 megapixel photos
    • Works with both USB 2.0 and 1.1

    Reviews (24)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Mac
    I received this as a gift, and this camera sucks.Despite the description, this camera does not work with any version of MacOS X greater than 10.2.6.Thus, since I have 10.2.8, this is an expensive paperweight.Coincidentally, the camera and Mac 10.2.8 were both released in Sept. 2003 and Logitech has not updated the driver since then.Their tech support is absolutely useless as well and completely unhelpful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good webcam with some nice features
    I've had this webcam for almost a year now and I've never had any problems with it. Make sure you install the software BEFORE you plug in the camera or else it could cause some problems (I'd recommend downloading the newest drivers directly from Logitech's website rather than using the CD).

    The image quality is as good as any other camera in the price range, but it operates better in low light conditions than most. The face tracking is a neat little feature but I don't end up using that often. From my experience, it seems to work by tracking the area in the frame that reflects/emits the most light. This generally works, but it also means that the cam is sometimes confused by bright areas (like overhead lights) so it tends to graduallyshift higher and higher until it's pointing near the ceiling and you have to reset it to its "home" position. I still think its functionality is useful even if you don't let it auto-track your face because it allows you to pan and tilt the camera quite a lot without having to take your hand off of your mouse.

    To tell the truth, the biggest reason I probably purchased this particular camera was because of the way it sits on the stem. I don't like having the camera in a high position (like on top of the monitor) because then it just looks down on the top of my head at a weird angle. I don't like it down on the desk because it creates another odd angle looking up at me. When it's on the stem it brings it up to just below eye level, which is about the perfect height for using while on the computer (like while instant messaging).

    Is it worth the money? You can get a pretty good camera for less. Even the same Logitech webcam without the stem and pan/tilt stuff (the QuickCam Pro 4000) costs about $30 less... but having those features was worth the extra cost to me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's a Little Finicky, but not a Bad Camera
    This is my first webcam and I bought it at Sam's club.The first one I bought must not have pleased its buyer because it was a return and the software was missing.So, I took it back and got a new one.I have to say that it did not live up to my expectations immediately.I bought several new items at the same time and needed a USB hub to get them all installed.My first problem was with the hub.For some reason, there were problems with the items plugged into the hub getting recognized, so with a little trial and error, I finally decided to plug the camera directly into the computer and that solved that problem, although the camera is not the only device that is finicky about where it is plugged in.

    Now, the image quality is not spectacular, but I think it is good enough.The tilt and pan mechanisms work perfectly, but the face-tracking is not without some problems, but mostly it works pretty good.Lighting is the key.Sometimes, the camera gets confused and thinks the light in the kitchen is my face.Sometimes it focuses on a drawing of Chesty Puller in my living room, but if I get the lighting right and give it a little help finding my face, it follows me around pretty well as I swivel around in my chair as I talk.

    I paid $110. for this camera, which I admit is a little steep, but despite some set up problems, it performs as advertised.Oh, I have had the camera for about a month and I am not a computer wizard.I give this camera four stars.It isn't perfect, but neither is anything else in this world, but if you give it half a chance, it will do what is supposed to do and impressively so.Also the camera can be controlled with the mouse so that even if it gets lost or is little slow catching up, you can give it a little nudge.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Webcam
    I'v been using this cam for almost a year on my Win XP Home Edt. PC. Set up was super easy, I got the cam hooked up in 5 minutes.
    Video quality is excellent, even under dim light conditions; so is the picture quality. I'm using the cam with both MSN and Yahoo Messenger- works perfectly. People tell me the video quality is superb and streaming is very good (I'm on a highspeed cable connex).
    I never had any probs with either the zoom or the pan/tilt function.
    I give it 4 stars b/c face tracking is indeed flawed and needs improvement. I don't use this feature though.
    Overall this is a great product and worth the purchase.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Just got my money back at Sam's Club
    I read all the reviews and decided to gamble on the Orbit. I assumed I would have problems with it and I was right. I'm quite an expert adding equipment to computers but it took me about three hours to get my Dell XP to recognize it and it would go through it's demo motions just fine but little else. Then it lost it's vertical motion. It never had the face recognition ability. I tried everything I could think of but I could only get it to move horizontally. I followed the instructions to the letter and I tried their help center which leaves a lot to be desired. Finally I downloaded new drivers which took four hours (26500 modem speed) and nothing changed. It's now back at Sam's Club in the reject pile. I never had a webcam before and I decided today I don't think I need one. At least not until someone makes one similar to the Orbit that really works. I figured it was just too good to be true. Wake up Logitech!!!! ... Read more


    14. Creative Labs Live Ultra WebCam VF0060
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $85.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00070FRJW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 1842
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    For The Best Instant Messaging Experience!

    Having videoconferences with friends and family has never been easier or more enjoyable. You get the highest-quality audio and video, no matter which chatting solution you use. With the WebCam Live! Ultra, its CCD image sensor with 640x480 (VGA) resolution produces rich, vibrant colors. Combined with its USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection, the result is top-quality, full-motion video at 30 frames-per-second for all your web conversations, even in dimly-lit rooms.

    The WebCam Live! Ultra lets you do more. Let your voice be heard clearer than ever before with the included headset, unlike the built-in microphones in most other webcams. Take still pictures at up to 1.3-megapixel resolution, and enjoy the many great features that accompany the bundled award-winning WebCam Center software, such as motion detection, remote security monitoring time-lapse video capture and much more.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • 4-Way Flexible base
    • Still image capture at up to 1024x768 resolution (software enhanced)
    • 640 x 480 resolution video at 30 fps video
    • 4x Digital Zoom
    • Hands-free Headset

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Software Conflict
    I purchased the Creative Labs Live Ultra WebCam VF0060 for my home PC. Unfortunatley, it would never give a video picture. I phoned Creative Labs and their Tech. support people indicated a conflict with Haupauge WinTV. The only choice offered was to delete the WinTV software or return the webcam to Amazon. Before I chose to return the webcam, I tried it on my daughters laptop that does not have WinTV loaded. The video and audio feeds where excellent. The moral: If you have WinTV loaded on your computer, this isn't the webcam for you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Totally impressed
    I only wanted to spend 50 bucks for a webcam, and I saw this Creative Labs Live! line. I actually intended to buy the regular Live, and not the Ultra, based on what people were saying. When I got to the store, though, all the info people kept raving about was mostly actually details about THIS camera, that they had confused with the more basic version. I haven't used the Live! but I can tell you this is worth the price so it's certainly worth the difference in price.

    Not only is it quick and easy to install but the picture quality is great. For some people at high-res video it might be a little grainy (colored noise I mean) but it's nothing you pay attention to. The thing that surprised me is you can EDIT the video with sliders! Color saturation, gamma, contrast, etc... like the basic Photoshop of video, even while the feed is taking place. Comes with a cute headset, plenty of options and file formats. It even looks cool. This feels ritzy to own, but because of how functional it is, and how good it is at doing what it's supposed to. Pleasantly surprised, and glad it worked out this way. ... Read more


    15. Labtec WebCam Pro
    by Labtec
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $24.69
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001OTBUK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Labtec
    Sales Rank: 501
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Bring Sound and Video to Your Instant Messages Without Breaking the Bank.

    The Labtec® WebCam Pro camera makes it easier than ever to add video and audio to your favorite instant messenger. Works with all the most popular instant messaging software including: MSN® Messenger, AIM®, AOL® Instant Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger and Windows® Messenger. Plus you can create video or still images with a single click and share them with loved ones via e-mail. Finally, the included motion detection software keeps an eye on your belongings while you are away.

    Features:

    • Add video while Instant Messaging, works with MSN® Messenger, AIM®, AOL® Instant Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger and Windows® Messenger
    • Create video and still images with a single-click.
    • Easily share videos and pictures with loved ones via e-mail
    • Monitor you home or office while you're away with motion detection software included
    • Built-in microphone for easy audio set up
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Built-in microphone
    • Still image capture up to 1280 x 960
    • Video capture up to 640 x 480
    • Manual focus lens, snapshot button, LED
    • Up to 30 frames per second

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice !!!
    Got this webcam from Compusa for less than $30.
    The installation was a breeze (Installsoftware
    and plug in the webcam to the usb port).

    Great picture quality. I am using this with Yahoo Super Cam.
    Works great !!!


    4-0 out of 5 stars Just fine for home use
    I've checked out several webcams for under $30 and this one is among the best.The video image is clear and also captures all the back parts of the room very well.

    There is a low light boost, backlight compensation, and color boost - among many other settings.Playing with the settings will result in the desired quality.The performance in low light is easily adjusted via the webcam settings.However, in very low light - using just the monitor in a dark room for example - the image is too dark.I figure this is the same for almost every webcam in this price range.

    I enjoyed using the "Motion Sensor" for recording video clips of any movements when I am not present.Since the webcam is on my desktop, there is not much practical use as a security camera - but it does captures all parts of the room (25 feet) with very good resolution.

    It works well with MSN Messanger 6.2 - both over a local web and across the USA.I use a cable interface to access the internet.

    I just bought a second one and had Amazon ship it to my dad.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Rough around the edges...
    Yeah, this camera is good if you don't want awesome webcam quality across the net.And the picture sucks with Yahoo! but it looks pretty decent over MSN Messenger on a DSL connection.However, I have to put a lamp up near my monitor to be able to see myself because the light on this thing is terrible.Otherwise, its not too bad for the price.Myself, I'm taking this back to target ASAPand buying something of better quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best investment.
    Believe me, you don't need to spend over $30 on a webcam nowadays(mainly because of the bottleneck of network speed, I am using DSL...). This labtec webcam pro fits perfectly your everyday use. When using with msn messenger, both the pic and sound quality are good but when it comes to yahoo messenger, the motion frames lag behind a little bit. ... Read more


    16. Creative Labs WebCam NX Pro
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $39.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009V7MU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 168
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Creative Labs (73PD113000000) Creative WebCam NX Pro ... Read more

    Features

    • Attaches to a PC through USB 1.1 connection
    • Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP (XP is not compatible with Microsoft NetMeeting)
    • Revolutionary 3-way base -- can sit on top of your CRT monitor or clip to a flat panel display or notebook screen
    • Digital still capture capability
    • ArcSoft software bundle lets you easily edit your photos, send video e-mail, and more

    Reviews (82)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does what it is supposed to
    I bought the camera because of it could be put on any screen, and its low price. I've not regretted that purchase. The camera has performed to perfection so far. It was easy to install. I've tried on to different laptops and it worked great on both. What may be a drawback for some people that move around with the screen is the fact that it's not attached to screen but just sits on top of it. But that has never been a problem for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best webcam for the money
    It was the best webcam I have ever purchased.The picture is very clear and bright even with poor lighting.The only problem would have to be the base.It is not very solid and does not mount well on the monitor.I had best results when I mounted it on top of my speaker.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Can't load the Software on my Sony VAIO XP laptop
    The installation process hangs on 5%, it doesn't install. I tried two different installation software CDs with same result. Also, I had a very bad experience dealing with Creative customer services.

    However, I bought Creative's - WebCam Live model for my sister a month ago. It works very well. So, I have had good and bad experiences with Creative products.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just something I want...
    I bought this webcam for 29.99 after a $20 rebate. I try to compare with the other webcam from logitech and other brand. Finally, I settled with this creative nx pro. If you're patient enough, there will be somekind of rebate once in awhile.

    I've owned it for more than three months. And, I really have to say, compared to other friends who owned logitech or any other webcam which is of same price, this creative nx pro really stands out from the rest. Though it's 15fps compared to other which is 30 fps, with its price and its quality of picture, it's a product that worth to recommend to friends and family.(This product is just amazing!My friend can even see the pimple on my face clearly!)

    I have a laptop. I cannot decide whether I should buy a webcam designated for notebook computer or this. But, I read some other reviews that it will work well on laptop computer. And, IT'S TRUE!I clipped it in the middle of my laptop screen, it just fits right. So, don't worry if you're buying this for your laptop.

    There's only two things that I noticed which I don't quite like about it. The mic doesn't really look nice, and I really don't know where should I stick it. But this is not really a problem for me as my laptop have an internal mic. The next is about the lightning. There's certain range that the webcam will show very good lightning under very dim room. However, there are sometimes when it did not really adapt to the right lightning. During this time, maybe you just have to adjust the distance between your face and the webcam. The automatic lightning control will do the rest.

    For the quality of picture this creative nx pro can provide, this is definitely worth the money! You should really include this in your shopping list if you want a good quality picture but not something too expensive.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor product, terrible software
    I am quite computer literate and tried this product under both Windows 2000 and RedHat Fedora Core 3 Linux.
    Win2K install is relatively easy. The webcam is so so if your light level is poor, but I would expect that from a webcam. Now the software that comes with it is horrible. I crashes randomly, sometimes after just 3 seconds!
    Now is you want to try it with Linux, tough luck, as this webcam manufacturer didn't give away any driver or documentation to people willing to make a driver. Definitely not supported.
    I would not buy that camera again and you should definitely try another manufacturer. ... Read more


    17. Nikon Coolpix 5700 5MP Digital Camera w/ 8x Optical Zoom
    by Nikon
    list price: $899.90
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000069092
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 1243
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Building on the success of the amateur range of Coolpix cameras, Nikon has introduced the Coolpix 5700 in an attempt to bridge the gap between the amateur and professional markets. This time around Nikon has gone for a semicompact feel, combining an almost palm-size unit with a powerful features one would expect to find on a high-specification midrange digital camera.

    swing-out screen of the CoolPix 5700
    The swiveling, swing-out screen on the Coolpix 5700 makes it easier to frame self-portrait, overhead, and floor-level shots.
    The Coolpix 5700 comes equipped with an automatic pop-up flash, plus a hot-shoe for additional flash units. The bundled NikonView 5 browser software makes it simple to download, organize, and print images. The package includes a lens cap, camera strap, 16 MB CompactFlash card, AV cable, USB cable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and battery charger. It is compatible with CompactFlash memory cards (Type I or II), as well as IBM Microdrives.

    The 5700 allows the use of the viewfinder or the LCD monitor (which rotates through 180 degrees after it's opened out) for framing a picture, providing full freedom of movement and allowing you to capture a picture at any angle--no matter how obtuse. Zoom capability has been increased on the 5700, and the camera features an impressive 8x optical zoom, the results from which are good at all levels and distances. Supporting a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,920 (4.91 megapixels), an ISO range of 100 to 800, and a top shutter speed of 1/4,000, this camera is definitely a good all-rounder, providing you with great flexibility under different conditions.

    The 5700 performs admirably, producing results way above expectation. Color balance is good, and the overall results are of a very high quality. We did have a middling complaint about its size, which actually feels a bit on the small size. With an extra couple of centimeters added to the bodywork, the 5700 would have felt much easier to handle and control in everyday usage. The position of the camera strap attachment also seems awkward, being as it is located on the upper right quadrant of the lens housing, making it sometimes difficult to gain a good grip when in use.

    These criticisms aside, the Coolpix 5700 is bound to be another sure-fire hit for Nikon, balancing the huge 5-megapixel image size against a competitive pricepoint. For those not yet ready to move up to the professional level of 35mm digital SLRs such as the Nikon D100, the Coolpix 5700 proves to be a worthy alternative. --Elly Russell

    Pros:

    • Palm-sized 5-megapixel camera with a powerful feature set
    • Includes sizeable 16 MB memory card--can accept IBM Microdrives
    • 8x optical zoom

    Cons:

    • Could be slightly larger for easier handling
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    Features

    • 5.0 megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
    • 8x optical zoom and 4 x digital zoom for 32x total; provides an equivalent zoom range of 35mm-280mm in 35mm photography
    • Includes 16 MB CompactFlash card; MicroDrive compatible
    • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
    • Uses 1 rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL1 battery (included)

    Reviews (108)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Save your money-buy the real thing
    If you are looking for an entry level professional camera, save up and buy an SLR. I have had this camera for a little over a month and am ready to throw it out the window.

    AUTO FOCUS PROBLEMS
    The thing can't take a picture that's in focus.At one to one, out of the 958 pictures I've taken, none of them are sharp.It simply can't do it.Many subjects it can't focus at all.Its impossible to judge from the tiny monitor the true sharpness of the photo. Its not uncommon to review a batch of photos on the computer and find that half of them are completely fuzzy.

    The auto focus is also extremely slow.It can take several seconds for the camera find its mark.

    MANUAL FOCUS IS A JOKE
    The manual focus is awkward to use.Although, that's prety much irellevant because the camera's monitor does not have enough resolution to use it.Its been suggested to me that I try bracketing the focus.Except, the point of bracketing is not to be aimlessly wasting memory, hoping that one of the shots is good.

    TIGHTEST APERATURE IS 8.7

    I thought I could deal with this because most of the work I do is in moderate to low light.That was a mistake.This compounds the previously mentioned Auto Focus issues.

    HIGH RESOLUTION
    The difference from a 35mm film scan is astounding.Its amazing to pull up a 6X9 at 300 ppi with no noise or grain.

    EASY TO USE
    The camera is set up like the 35mm SLR I've used for years to and have found it easy to navigate.The buttons on the side can be touched accidentally causing some minor annoyance.

    CONCLUSION
    If you are a casual user, this camera may be just fine for you.The focusing issues become pronounced when you are trying to achieve a specific aestetic.Perfect focus may not be that important to you eighter, especially if you print mostly to 4x6 or 5x7.Looking atthe other ratings, many people love this camera.However, the serious amateur or entry level proffesional should not waste their time and money on this camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the pictures
    I've had my Nikon 5700 for about nine months now. I started out with it as a complete novice, got shutter lucky, and found some beautiful shots in the camera. Over the past months I've moved from a completely automatic point-and-shoot snapper to all-manual settings. I've picked up some knowledge about the basics of photography along the way, and the ability to pop the card and see the results of a setting instantly really shortened the learning curve.

    First and foremost, this camera takes absolutely beautiful photographs. Colors are bright and vibrant, and details are rendered beautifully even when printing at large sizes - you can get a 13x19" enlargement to print at about 140 dpi on an inkjet, resulting in a very "painterly" image somewhere between photograph and painting. I decided at the outset to shoot only in camera RAW mode, and so what I've gotten out of the camera is exactly what went in. If you need to re-touch in Photoshop, this is the ONLY way to do it. You can correct a surprising number of mistakes (white balance, exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation) in RAW prior to bashing the image to smithereens with Photoshop editing tools - they only work on processed, "rendered" images.

    Downsides are well id'd in the reviews, but I think you can get around most of them. Battery consumption climbs closer and closer to the top of the list of negatives as you move from automated to manual operation. Tip: use manual focus. I've found that assigning manual focus to the function button on the top makes focusing easier than punching for the button on the lens barrel. There isn't anything you can do about slow memory card writes, and we're not likely to see any firmware updates to accept the faster WA cards out on the market.

    I've added some filters and lenses to my rig. A good tripod is essential, and the AA battery pack, with a 15-minute charger, makes everything a lot more fun. Note that if you add Nikon lenses, you are permanently out of luck for filters - there are NO filters for the Nikon lenses and adapters that fit this camera. Luckily, there are very acceptable third-party lenses and adapters that will take UV and/or polarizing filters.

    I'm no pro, don't even consider myself a photographer yet, but the folks who work with my wife don't know that. It's because of the pictures - they're gorgeous.

    The more time and effort you invest in this camera, the more you'll get out of it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars slow focus, slow memory, but looks nice & it's nikon
    been very disappointed with the camera. i've used to travel to 12 different countries and the pic quality is good but way too slow to capture any large files other than normal and zooms so slow that itis painful. but i am selling mine if you want to buy one.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Flash and Customer Service
    I have been a Canon fan for years but a friend recommended the 5700. After only a few hundred pictures the flash stopped working and my friend said that he now has the same problem. I contacted Niknon and they said the problem was not covered under warrenty and I payed $170.00 for the repair. Hope it works for a while. I have now purchased a Canon 10D SLR and love the Canon. Do not buy the 5700!!

    Wes Aven
    gwaven@mindspring.com

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a piece of JUNQUE
    I saved my nickels to buy a Nikon. What a mistake.. I did not believe the other reviews that detailed the poor focus performance of the Coolpix Nikon camara line what a mistake. Once I had purchased the camara I tried to contact Nikon for support what a mistake...
    Save your money buy ANYTHING but a Nikon. It is a terrific dissapointment both for the camara and the support... If you have questions about its performance ask your cat, you will get better results....
    I wonder, after 2 months how much I will get for it on eBay... No chance of Nikon support reading these reviews they have proved themselves unconcerned with customer focused quality.. Show them your concern by not buying Nikon....
    The SONY digital camara actually focuses on things..
    JUNK, JUNK, JUNK, JUNK, JUNK, JUNK... expensive JUNK...
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    18. Creative Labs WebCam Instant
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $25.64
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002P4VHG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 6078
    Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Add Video to Your Instant Messaging!

    The stylish WebCam Instant is the basic webcam that not only looks great but delivers outstanding performance. The WebCam Instant captures video at a maximum resolution of 640x480. You can also take 640x480 resolution photos, perfect for web posting, e-mails, and digital postcards.The intuitive design of the built-in three-way base allows you to place it almost anywhere, such as any flat surface, flat panel and notebook displays. The WebCam Instant's sleek design and glossy white finish makes it an attractive PC companion that looks great on your home computer.

    Features:

    • 352x288 (CIF) CMOS sensor
    • Video and still image capture at up to 640x480 (software enhanced)
    • Snapshot button
    • USB 1.1 connection
    • Flexible three-way base sits on flat surfaces and attaches to a flat panel or notebook displays
    • Works with Yahoo!® Messenger, AIM, MSN® Messenger, Windows® Messenger, and other instant messenger services
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    Features

    • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services
    • 352 x 288 (CIF) CMOS sensor
    • Video and still image capture at up to 640 x 480 (software enhanced)
    • USB 1.1 connection
    • Flexible three-way base sits on flat surfaces and attaches to a flat panel or notebook displays

    Reviews (2)

    1-0 out of 5 stars POS
    I second the first reviewer's opinion.This is a total piece of sh*t.First I had trouble getting it to work on my WinXP desktop.After a couple reboots it finally worked, and the image quality was a total joke, even in the webcam capacity.The video quality was visibly worse than my 5-year-old Logitech webcam which had cost me about the same amount at CompUSA five years ago.In the end I returned this POS and will keep using my Logitech until it dies.

    2-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for...
    I guess for the price this isn't a bad webcam, but don't expect much. Images are very blurry and if you plan on using this webcam to take pictures as well, don't even bother. The quality is so poor that it is embarassing to share the photos with others. I was expecting more, considering the webcam display on the box is as clear as can be! Spend the extra money and get a good webcam. Don't waste it on this junk. ... Read more


    19. Creative Labs WebCam NX Ultra
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $61.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001DA0CE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 2889
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Creative Labs (73PD112000000) Tethered USB PC camera ... Read more

    Features

    • Pitch 30 degrees downwards and 15 degrees upward
    • Compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP
    • Built with a high definition CCD sensor
    • Still images captured in 1280 x 960 resolution; Live video up to 640 x 480 resolution
    • Base can be transformed ergonomically to attach to most LCD monitors or notebooks

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars CCD makes a difference
    Face-tracking~wide-area view, etc. is all fine but the essential component of this unit is it uses CCD (charged coupled device) rather than a CMOS. This makes a HUGE difference to (a) clarity of picture (b) Exposure.
    In layman's terms - CCD-devices are the de facto standard in every handy-cams/video-equipment in the market today. CMOS is nowhere a match to CCD in terms of quality/resolution/contrast & hue.
    I have done a through and in-depth search of other options available applicable for personal/home use within this price-range and found NONE using CCD.
    The additional features - digi-zoom and face-tracking is a DEFINITE plus at this cost - in fact again found very few alternatives at this price-range.
    One can always check the support site - through the software itself for upgrades/patches/etc.
    For a cost-consious buyer who wishes to purchase a web-cam primarily for their near-and-dear ones - this is a terrific buy.
    The only caveat: Wish this camera was USB 2.0 compatible!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great followup to older models
    I had/have the Pro EX model and this NX Ultra holds onto the top of the notebook computer much better. The colors are very warm and image is SHARP.
    I've used it on Yahoo and AIM chat clients with no issues as of yet.
    Reviews mention that landscaped picture is not sufficient in 1 on 1 video conferencing. Not necessarily true. Yahoo has a setting in the webcam that allows for zoom. This setting held over into AIM's viewing session as well.
    Extremely reasonable pricing, which is why I've been buying Creative for the last 2 years. The sale prices(...)and quality of the item is a great impression of the company overall.
    I'm very happy with this NX Ultra purchase.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not an easy setup
    I purchased this camera for my in-laws, with the intention of using it to share video when our first-born arrives. Their machine is a new Dell, running Windows XP, broadband (cable) connection, and AIM 5.9. Everything sounds good so far, right? Well, after spending fruitless hours trying to alter firewall settings on the router, XP and ISP, and talking with customer support from AOL, D-Link and Creative, I was never able to get the camera to work with AIM 5.9. AOL does suggest opening all firewall ports 1024-5000 (which seems to be a bit of a security issue). Regardless, I had to return this Christmas present, and my father-in-law later bought a Logitech camera, and had it running within minutes, with no alterations to any firewalls (i.e. his computer is still safe and secure). Why give it 2 stars? The camera WAS working in its native application and in Yahoo Messenger, and the video looked OK; however, my goal was to use this camera with AIM (as stated on the product), which never happened, and will be required to see our newborn since we have a Mac with iChat AV. So, if you want to chat with AIM (and with a Macintosh on the other end), either buy a Logitech camera, or convince your entire family to buy Macs :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up
    We use this camera to show our kids to grand parents in another country and overall I am extremely satisfied with the product.

    Good: Some complain about the wide angle making the face look too small, but if one enables face tracking, camera will do a good job of focusing on one's face. This feature is based on digital zoom, so the image quality will suffer a bit, but this won't make much difference in video conferencing. In fact I like the wide angle feature since our daughter moves around a lot and I can have face tracking follow her to spaces where other cameras can not. Surely face tracking time-to-time fails to track her movement but it is better than holding her in front of the camera or constantly adjusting the camera pointing her.

    Image quality in low light is supreme. I've used several CMOS based camera and also Digital Camcorders as webcams and NX Ultra's image quality can par up with Digital Camcorder connected to firewire port.

    Bad: Lack of integrated microphone. I wish they had included this on the unit it self, then again a head set is included, which is pretty decent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great cam
    very nice view, zooms itself, follows your face a very smart cam.
    its good at white and bright light, needs to be adjusted at dim light or low freq lights. ... Read more


    20. D-Link DCS-900W Wireless Internet Camera, Home Security, 802.11b, 11Mbps
    by D-Link
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $104.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001BXV9U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: D-Link
    Sales Rank: 2607
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Ideal solution for remote security monitoring of home or office

    Introducing the D-Link SecuriCam Network™ DCS-900W, the latest addition to D-Link’s Internet Camera family of products. With its compact, all-in one design, the DCS-900W is a great remote monitoring solution for your home. The DCS-900W connects quickly and easily to your existing Fast Ethernet network or 802.11b wireless network and a setup wizard guides you through the set up process to get you up and running in a matter of minutes.

    The DCS-900W features a built-in web server, which means that you do not need to have a computer to stream video images directly to the Internet. Video images captured by the DCS-900W can be viewed remotely by typing an IP address into a Web browser. With its easy-to-use Web-based interface, the DCS-900W can be managed and configured from anywhere in the world.

    The included Windows-based IPView Lite software provides even more features, allowing you to archive streaming video straight to your hard drive, monitor up to 4 cameras on a single screen, rotate camera views, and update the firmware on your DCS-900W.

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    Features

    • Bundled Software for Multi-Camera Monitoring and Management
    • Archive Streaming Video to Your Hard Drive
    • Web-based Remote Access Using Any Java Enabled Web Browser
    • Integrated Web Server
    • 802.11b Wireless or 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Connection

    Reviews (13)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate.Just adequate.
    This is a wireless internet camera, which means that it can send images, without a direct wired connection, live over the internet using a built-in web browser.It's about half the price of the Toshiba IK-WB01A, and that's about right.I own both.The DCS-900W has far better wireless range, which is what you would expect from D-Link.But the visual quality is very poor in anything less than direct sunlight (it requires 2.5 lux!), even in bright light it's not very good or vibrant, there's no remote pan-and-scan, no audio, and the camera CPU seems quite slow.The software is fine though, perhaps better than Toshibas, except that you must load a CD to set it up initially.

    So for the money it's fantastic.Since I bought it to aim at the puppy's kennel, it will be fine.We'll be able to see him in there.But you really do get what you pay for.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for price
    I like this camera for the price, but it's not perfect. It is very noisy in low light and did crash on me once so far. But I do like the IPLite software. However, I wish you could view the video feed in a resizeable window instead of full screen. I do like the fact that you can get an image using http://camaddress/image.jpg. No super fancy features keep this camera simple and more reliable than some of the "more advanced" (and more unreliable) ones. But I did not use the wireless feature, a feature that could be prone to problems. Mine is hardwired, even though I have the wireless enabled version. I did buy two more of these cameras because I liked them enough, so that says something.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Compact Camera with Wireless Capabilities
    I enjoyed the ease of which this camera can be setup with. Basically I followed the setup guide and everything went smoothly. I also recommend the latest version of IPView from D-Link's website as it has good features.

    The quality is fine for what I need it for, but don't take that as in the quality is bad, but do-able. I can see where this camera would be called mid quality since it doesn't have the *best* quality in picture, but it sure does beat most webcams.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Eventually became a usable platform
    I had quite a lot of trouble with this camera at the beginning.The range of the camera seemed ridiculously limited and the camera seemed to fritz out on a regular basis for no apparent reason.

    After downloading the firmware update for this camera and installing it, the flakiness disappeared, but the limited range remained a problem.Basically it could not be more than a couple of feet from the wireless access point and still work.After much frustration with this, I finally decided to CAREFULLY open up the camera to see if I could find anything that was obviously wrong with the electronics inside.

    I'm glad that I did!I found that the wire from the antenna had become disconnected from the circuit board (or never was connected at the factory).The snap-on connector at the end of the antenna lead is extremely small and weak and the cable from the antenna is fairly rigid, so any amount of jarring of the camera could cause the connector to pop-off of the circuit board.

    D-Link should have used something to tie-down the cable to the circuit board to prevent the connector from popping off.

    Well, I carefully popped the snap-on connector for the antenna lead back on the circuit board and VERY carefully reassembled the camera.

    Voila!The camera now has excellent WiFI range!

    The IPView Lite software that comes with the camera and that you can get an upgrade for from the D-Link web site is not reliable on Windows 2000.It crashes all of the time.It seems to be more reliable on Windows XP.I suggested to the developers that they release the IPView Lite to Open Source so that people could work on it to improve its reliability.No response.

    Now that I've worked out all of the glitches, I can recommend this camera.Be aware that some after purchase tweaking may be required.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great product (for the price)!
    I didn't buy this camera at Amazon.I was a little leery of any sub-$300 wireless cam, so I scored it at a local retail outlet at a 20% premium.

    It doesn't have much in the way of features (via web interface): snapshot, Java video Applet, and some ActiveX atrocity that I'm not willing to test.

    This camera is fantastic!It's small, easy enough to set up, and performance is fine and dandy.(...) ... Read more


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