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1. Linksys WVC54G Wireless-G Internet
$246.99 $245.99 list($299.95)
2. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g
$245.22 list($349.00)
3. Toshiba Wireless Network Camera
$44.76 list($49.95)
4. Logitech Quickcam Communicate
$112.09 list($129.95)
5. Logitech Quickcam Orbit WebCam
$104.49 $99.97 list($129.99)
6. D-Link DCS-900W Wireless Internet
$379.99 list($374.99)
7. D-Link DCS-5300W Wireless Internet
$66.49 $49.99 list($79.95)
8. Logitech BuddyCam 2-Pack
$62.69 $59.99 list($79.99)
9. Creative Webcam Live! Pro USB
$107.34 $99.99 list($129.99)
10. Linksys WVC11B Wireless-B Video
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11. Logitech QuickCam Zoom Web Camera
$206.14 list($299.99)
12. D-Link DCS-2000 10/100TX Internet
$59.98 list($79.95)
13. Logitech Quickcam USB Zoom Web
$465.49 list($749.95)
14. Panasonic Network Camera (KX-HCM250)
$325.84 list($399.99)
15. D-Link DCS-3220G Wireless Internet
$23.70 list($29.99)
16. Digital Concepts Gear to Go Cyberpix
17. Logitech Quickcam Cordless - Digital
$262.99 list($249.99)
18. D-Link DCS-2100+ Wireless Internet
$34.19 $27.00 list($49.99)
19. Micro Innovations Compaq VGA Webcam
$180.00 list($179.99)
20. Logitech ClickSmart 820 DualCam

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

our price: $189.99
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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


  • 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

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.

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)

great picture quality
high frame rate capability
adjustable arm and stand

viewer/recorder utility doesn't work over internet

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).

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.
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2. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g Network Camera (BL-C30A)
by Panasonic
list price: $299.95
our price: $246.99
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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


  • 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, subnet 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 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 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: 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

3. Toshiba Wireless Network Camera (IK-WB01A)
by Toshiba
list price: $349.00
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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


  • 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 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

4. 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


  • 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

5. Logitech Quickcam Orbit WebCam
by Logitech
list price: $129.95
our price: $112.09
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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


  • 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

6. D-Link DCS-900W Wireless Internet Camera, Home Security, 802.11b, 11Mbps
by D-Link
list price: $129.99
our price: $104.49
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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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  • 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

7. D-Link DCS-5300W Wireless Internet Camera, Pan/Tilt, 802.11b, Built-in Mic
by D-Link
list price: $374.99
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B0001AU9AU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 16130
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The DCS-5300W is a powerful surveillance system that connects to a wired Ethernet or Enhanced 802.11b wireless connection. ... Read more


  • Built-In Motion Detection & Email Notification
  • Auto pan and auto patrol mode with preconfigured stops
  • CCD Sensor for Superior Quality Image
  • Built-In Microphone for Audio Monitoring
  • High Quality MPEG-4 Short Header Mode Compression

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Surveillance Camera on the Market
This camera has to be the best available option for office/home surveillance system on the market.I have 4 camera's at home and recommended them in the office, and now using 2.With my networking background, set up was less than 15 minutes.Loaded with features, this camera hasn't yet failed my needs.I able to watch the neighboors peak around my place and even look into windows.I highly recommend this camera.Price is high but once you get it running the product out weighs the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Camera with Ro-Bitchen Features!
This thing is like a little robot eye. I can pan and tilt and digital zoom all from a web browser on my networked PC. The image quality is good, the wireless range is good, the features are quite robust, and it even looks good.

You can mount it upside down and have it flip the image it sees, thus still showing everything "right side up". The digital zoom was added with a firmware upgrade. The price is a little daunting, but if you are going to put it to good use I think you would enjoy this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Top Quality Camera with Awesome Features!
I like this camera very much. I wish there was more documentation on it though. I want to know what every setting does and how it does it. I want to build programs/PHP scripts that "interact" with this camera and allow for image archiving or other neat little features. But I haven't found the time to research all that.

Installation of this camera was fairly simple, although a little bumpy getting the wireless to work right. But in the end I got it working just fine, and it's stable now. The features this camera does have blows a lot of other cameras out of the water. There is the Dynamic DNS, which I use all the time, the FTP uploads which are great, and the pan and tilt all at this price are wonderful features.

I'd suggest going to D-Link's product page for this product and clicking on the Emulator link as that is where you can get a feel for the interface of this product. It is neatly laid out and gets the job done as far as minimal clicks goes. Nothing is deeply hidden, and everything is accessable in about 3-4 clicks max.

3-0 out of 5 stars DCS-5300W not stable enough for monitoring
I finally got my DCS-5300W to work after upgrading to the most current firmware (v1.04) but the camera still keeps hanging just about every night.It is also constantly doing network reconnects.This makes the camera useless for a surveillance device but it is a great toy!DLink's support isn't any help either.It would be nice to talk to someone who has even seen a picture of the camera!Seems the support people have a script to follow and if that doesn't fix the problem, then tough luck.You bought it and they don't give refunds.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and is Stable after Firmware Upgrade
I just upgraded my camera to the new 1.03 Firmware on D-Link's support site and the camera works better for me. I don't get the random freezes or disconnects anymore. I liked the camera before, but now it's just generally more responsive.

I too use this to monitor/watch my kids while they are at home and I am at work. The ports you need to open on your firewall/router to view this camera across the internet are 80 and 5001-5003. That's a total of 2 (two) rules you need to set. No big deal. Again D-Link's support page walks you through this quite easily.

The digital zoom feature is a nice touch, which was a free upgrade via firmware. Overall I believe D-Link has outdone themselves with a camera of this caliber. Although the new DCS-5300G sounds better just because it uses the 802.11g protocol for faster wireless transmissions. Although wired is fine for me, and I got this 802.11b camera for cheaper on eBay than I could find the wired version. ... Read more

8. Logitech BuddyCam 2-Pack
by Logitech
list price: $79.95
our price: $66.49
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Asin: B0002FHEU2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1672
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description


Now you and your best friend can see what you've been missing during IM chats: your smiling faces!

No more keyboard smileys... now you can smile for real by adding live video to your instant messages. With the BuddyCam 2-pack, it's never been easier or more affordable to do it. You'll get two of Logitech's most affordable webcam--one for you and one for your buddy. One of the cameras even comes in a special gift box for easy shipping and sharing.

The BuddyCam 2-pack offers everything you need to stay in touch visually: ease of use, quality video, a built-in microphone, and all the software you need to get started.


  • Works with popular IMs: AOL® Instant Messenger™, AIM®, MSN® Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger, Windows® Messenger Capture sound with the built-in microphone
  • E-mail videos and photos easily
  • Broadcast live video, email video and photos, and create web albums
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
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  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP
  • Works with popular IMs: AOL Instant Messenger, AIM®, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Messenger
  • Capture sound with the built-in microphone
  • E-mail videos and photos easily
  • Broadcast live video, email video and photos, and create web albums

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Value for money
This twin-camera is real value for money. If you are purchasing these cameras for web-chatting, it is just good. The picture quality is good and it has got an in-built mic!

You will never regret for the price you pay!

1-0 out of 5 stars BuddyCam Gives Logitech a Bad Name
Before you purchase a web cam, check the list of compatible web cams each Instant Messenger recommends to use with their software. [...] Instant Messengers ARE NOT created equally. The BuddyCam had poor video quality; I don't care where you sat it or how many adjustments you made or where you placed the lighting, it looked awful.This product is for children who don't know any better and the price should be about $19.99. Installing the software might be easy provided you do a clean boot install (no running applications and to insure that you need to do "msconfig"). [...] I realize now why my online friends always had something negative to say about their web cams and stopped using them. Thank goodness I bought another model for myself that showed me what quality is. My grandson's Buddy system will be exchanged for the Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Webcam for the Price!
I read the reviews on many other webcams, but this one is the best for the price!I have a desktop with an AMD 750 Mhz Athlon processor, 256MB RAM, and a cable connection, and this product really was simple to set up.In fact, with my Norton Internet Security 2005 firewall, there were no port conflicts or error messages.I only had to authorize Norton to allocate the port to the Logitech Webcam... that simple!With my slower processor, I thought that the video would be slower (15 fps) but after loading the start up software from the CD ROM, I connected the webcam to an open USB port, my XP Professional recognized the camera device, and I was on my way to verify the settings for the microphone volume and audio quality.The Logitech Webcam icon is loaded to your desktop, and all you have to do to start up the camera is to double click the icon, wait for the Logitech popup window, click on the QuickSnap link, and the camera opens a live video window for you to view, film, or capture a snapshot!I have already sent a video clip Christmas greeting to my brother in law in Afghanistan, and to my brother in Texas.CAUTION: Once you load this webcam and mail the other to a buddy, you will not want to stop playing with this tech toy!! ... Read more

9. Creative Webcam Live! Pro USB 2.0 WebCam
by Creative Labs
list price: $79.99
our price: $62.69
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Asin: B00067KT94
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 4272
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

High-Speed USB 2.0 for True-to-Life Colors Perfect for Broadband

The Creative Live! Pro with certified USB 2.0 enables smooth, high resolution video with more detail and vibrant colors. Your friends and family can see you in a true-to-life image when video instant messaging. The Live! Pro also works with USB 1.1 equipped PCs and Internet dial-up connections.

Creative Lapel Microphone Delivers Clearer Voice Over the Internet
The Live! Pro includes a Creative lapel microphone for clearer voice over the Internet. Unlike webcams with built-in microphones, a lapel microphone captures only your voice and signficantly reduces background noise and echo when you're instant messaging.

With an integrated, flexible base, the Live! Pro works with CRT monitors, flat panel displays, or notebook PCs. Place your Live! Pro anywhere and you're ready to video IM with friends and family.

Smart Face Tracking
No more adjusting the webcam to keep your face in the video. If you move, the webcam will track your face and keep you in the video. Unlike other webcams, smart face tracking can also track multiple people.

... Read more


  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, or XP
  • Experience 30 fps Video at VGA resolution
  • Smart Face Tracking
  • Dedicated microphone for great audio quality
  • Take 1.3 megapixels photos Instantly

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great for daytime usage, horrible for nighttime usage
I purchased this webcam to chat with my family, so the only requirements I had were that it give consistent good quality in bright light or low light.I use the webcam at night mostly, and this webcam doesn't work very well in nighttime lighting.When exposed to artificial light, it doesn't know how to handle the brightness well automatically, and you have to change some of the configurations, specifically in the brightness, to adjust to your indoor lighting.The webcam should do this for me but it doesn't do a good job of it.In the daytime, however, it works great and the transmission is a lot smoother than at night.With nighttime usage, I get a strange ghost trail from any movement, whereas in the daytime there is none of that at all.I do not use the facial autofocus very much or very often, but it does work well.

4-0 out of 5 stars love it
Before buying this, I tried the Creative WebCam for Notebook, which had a great design, but horrendous quality (even the software felt like it was written in a day). I was pleasantly surprised to find out how good this one is, and at just a moderate increase in price. Bright picture, great resolution, fabulous software. Though I have only used it through USB 1.0 so far, it's supposed to take advantage of the higer speed of USB 2.0, enabling you to record 640x480 videos at 32 frames per sec. The motion detector functionality is a terrific bonus!

The only problem I have had so far is that the email feature of the motion detector is not working, but I am sure it will be worked out.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Picture, Annoying Features
Lovely image, actually.But the face-tracking leaves a lot to be desired.Maybe it's just my shiny head that confuses it, but it usually ends up tracking with my eyes at the very bottom of the frame.Also: if the face tracking lets the camera zoom in that far, why isn't there a plain old zoom feature?I like sitting about 3 feet from the thing...but the field-of-view is so wide then...Also: focusing is a bear.The lens wobbles when turning the focus-ring.
I won't return it, but I won't buy another one, either. ... Read more

10. Linksys WVC11B Wireless-B Video Camera
by Linksys
list price: $129.99
our price: $107.34
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Asin: B00009X6PT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 7724
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-B Internet Video Camera ... Read more


  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • Sends high-quality live video to your 802.11b wireless network
  • Built-in stand-alone web server
  • Security Mode automatically sends email alerts with images upon motion detection
  • Supports up to four simultaneous users

Reviews (51)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone.Very specialized.
This camera is good, IF you meet all the conditions, AND you want to pay an annual bill.You must use Windows.You must use Internet Explorer.You must modify your router settings.You must subscribe to Linksys' DDNS service.This service, Sololink, costs $20/year currently.You can get much cheaper (free) DDNS, but the camera only works with Sololink.

You CAN NOT view outdoors.I was thinking they meant you can't PLACE IT outdoors, but no, you cannot aim it toward sunshine.It will email, but won't FTP to your website.

2-0 out of 5 stars after 1 year
i have had this camera for over a year and never have been able to get the sololink service to work. i recently took one last shot at it and spent many hours with not so great tech support. like many others i have found it works fine for an intranet, but forget actually getting the ddns service to work. i even have gone so far as to try and sniff the packets to try and figure out why it is not working. the camera it self is not so great and the image quality is on the low side. it does not work in bright or dim light so it is really only appropriate for a normally lighted room. i broke down and spent the money for a toshiba web cam and in less than an hour i had it working on the web. the picture quality is much much better than the linksys. i love my linksys products as they are always on the leading edge, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. i do not know if the "g" version is better, but this camera is really limited to a role such as a baby monitor (if the lights are on).

4-0 out of 5 stars Found a way to use outdoor.
I now have both DCS-900W and WVC11B. Many people complained about not being able to use outdoor. But a little thinking solved the problem. I used an old sunglasses lense and tape on to the webcam, and now I have a nice outdoor webcam.
Here are the differences between DCS-900W and WVC11B.
They both have motion sensor, but DCS900W can only record the motion sensed video to PC, while WVC11B can email the motion sensed video to specified address. The DCS is very sensative while WVC will delay 3 seconds before starts to record the video. DCS can record a few minutes of video while the WVC is limited to max of 5 seconds video after motion is triggered. I guess because of email file limitation.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice toy, poor camera....
All of my network products are Linksys & I probably will continue to use them b/c of the exceptional customer support. This product is a great idea but it doesn't function as you would expect. The video frequently freezes & then when it continues you see some of what you missed in a sort of fast foreward mode untill it catches up. I wanted to set this up for a friend to use as a nanny cam. It is really unuasable for this. B/c of the freezing & speeding up it would be hard to tell if the nanny was playing with the children or abusing them. Additionally, the video does freeze... sometimes more than a minute at a time.
I used it with a Linksys B router. I will probably upgrade it to G or N soon but I thought that this camera would probably funtion about the same as Linksys' G Network cam b/c even B-wireless is faster than my cable internet connection. I haven't tried the G yet, but I expect it is more stable (b/c G-networking is more stable).
Really only usable as a toy in my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Linksys - nice products, frustrating support.
I recently picked this IP camera up for cheap.I wanted to compare it to some other options for a home security thing I'm working on and then, ultimately, send it on to my folks in FL.Anyway, it says right on the box that it will only work in Internet Explorer 5.5 and above.Fine.Most products that say that ultimately *do* work in other browsers (MAC's Safari for example), but the manufacturer, for whatever reason, don't want to support other browsers.But I suspected that might not be the case with this unit since video playback (especially live streaming) is very platform-centric and would probably not work on the Mac.But, since I do have PCs here as well, and this will eventually end up in a completely PC household, I figured I'd give it a shot and see what's what.
As has been my experience with most Linksys products, setup was quick and relatively straightforward.And no, it wouldn't work on anything besides WinXP or Win2K running IE6.0.Linux with Mozilla - nope.OS-X 10.3.7 with Safari - nope.OS-X with Internet Explorer - nope.Okay, I expected as much.BUT, I figured I'd drop a line to Linksys to see if they had any future plans to support other browsers.This is where 'Amabelle Jao' joins our story.Below is the transcript from our online chat:

Jao, Amabelle: Hi, my name is Jao, Amabelle.How may I help you?
Ed: Hi.I was wondering if you had any plans for making the WVC11B work with any Mac browsers (specifically, OSX10.3x-Safari)?
Jao, Amabelle: it will only work for IE 5.5 and up
Ed: I know that, but do you know if anything for the Mac is planned or in the works?
Jao, Amabelle: we don't have any updates yet on for macintosh
Jao, Amabelle: because its not supported
Ed: I *know* it's not supported, that's why I'm asking if it will be supported at some time in the future.
Jao, Amabelle: it will only work for IE 5.5 and up
Jao, Amabelle: not on macintosh
Ed: You mentioned 'yet' for the macintosh, so does that mean that you may in the future, or that you don't know?
Jao, Amabelle: it will only work for IE 5.5 and up
Ed: Jao, I was kind of hoping for a yes or no answer...
Jao, Amabelle: i want a pony for christmas

And on it went for another hour or so without becoming any clearer than it was in the first 30 seconds...

Linksys, good products, stupid support people.

Anyway, for what it is (an entry-level IP wireless camera), it does a good job.The video is pretty bad and you'd be hard pressed to get a prosecutable image with it, but for seeing whether or not someone is in the backyard or if the kids are watching tv, then it's fine.

The included software works okay, but is rather clunky.I've also experienced inconsistent performance from the automated recorder program.

I'm going to check out the D-Link wireless IP camera as I've heard that it uses Java and WILL work on any Java-enabled browser.SO, if you just want a toy-thing to play around with and you exclusively use a Windows box with Internet Explorer, then this is your boy.Otherwise, I can't recommend. ... Read more

11. Logitech QuickCam Zoom Web Camera (Silver)
by Logitech

our price: $64.59
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Asin: B0002L545S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 7973
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Product Description

Automatic Face-TrackingDigital ZoomMacMicrophonePCUSB

Bring your instant messages-and your drab desktop-to life with the stunning silver QuickCam Zoom. With just one click, you can add live video to your instant messages and share a smile with anyone, anywhere in the world. Thanks to the digital zoom and the automatic face-tracking technology, you can capture your special moments with more clarity and ease. You can also conduct video calls and conferences and say what's on your mind with live audio using the built-in microphone. With the QuickCam Zoom, it's never been easier to zoom in and get closer!


  • Add live video to your favorite instant messenger: MSN® Messenger, AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®), Yahoo!® Messenger, and Windows® Messenger
  • Let the automatic face-tracking technology follow your every move
  • Enjoy true 640 x 480 resolution
  • Turn on automatic zoom
  • Capture sound with the built-in microphone
  • Works with PC and Mac OS® X
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
... Read more


  • Works with PC and Mac OS X
  • Add live video to MSN Messenger, now with fast video and large 320 x 240 image size
  • Works with video-enabled Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Messenger
  • Let the automatic face-tracking technology follow your every move
  • Enjoy true 640 x 480 resolution, automatic zoom, sound capturing with built-in microphone, and USB 2.0/1.1 compatibility

12. D-Link DCS-2000 10/100TX Internet Camera, Built-in Microphone
by D-Link
list price: $299.99
our price: $206.14
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Asin: B000086TLE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 6192
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

DCS2000 INET CAM W/ BUILT IN MIC ... Read more


  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, and XP
  • 320 x 240 video resolution
  • Built-in microphone
  • Ethernet interface
  • Includes IP Sentry surveillance software

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I've tried two of these units now, and neither of them work.The first wouldn't even get to where it's webserver was running and their tech support was useless.The second one will at least show a picture, but sometimes it likes to ignore web requests.Plus they seem to try to make it hard for you.It's very non-intuitive and has alot of things hard coded that shouldn't be.
I guess this is an alright BASIC camera, but don't expect it to be able to do anything cool at all.

1-0 out of 5 stars might be good for home or office use.
I tested a DCS-2000 out as a security camera for my small retail store.Iupgraded the firmware to 1.07 and IP surveillance to 2.12.At 320x240 i can't really make out a face more than 15 ft away, but a person moving at 10 ft alway causes the video to become choppy.I guess this system is good for areas where there are not much movement and where there is no need to have a clear image to ID a unknown person.The software and idea of this system is good, but that is about all that is good about this system.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent quality, excellent software
Well, I chose to ignore the blatant Axis commercial someone put here as a review. I own the D-link 2000 and the Axis. The Axis is more expensive, has poorer software and is a royal pain to set up and configure.

The D-Link, while suffering some low light issues, is a snap to configure and update, simple to set up as a live web-cam or security cam. It's included security software is great!I actually now have 6 D-link cameras set up as door monitors, security, and to watch the dog (seems to be a popular use - what do we expect them to do, dance?)

Bottom line - not a better bang for the buck!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good camera for the price
I have both the wired and the wireless versions of the 2000 series in my house and I've been pretty pleased with them.It's very easy to setup and get the basics working - I had a little trouble figuring out how to get my Linksys router to forward requests from outside the firewall to the correct camera but that has more to do with me being a bonehead than anything else.

I like the video survalence software quite a bit, the motion detection stuff is slick, easy to use and works well.Similiar feature sets on other cameras (i.e. Apex) will cost you quite a bit more.

Couple knocks that kept me from giving it 5 stars - the email notification stuff (Which works with just the logic built into the camera itself) doesn't fire off reliably.About 1 in 4 events did not result in email - however those same events always recorded with the video survalence software.Their on line knowledge base/support pages are kinda weak (no searching capability!).The picture could be better for outdoors - I'm looking into alternative CS lenses to see if I can improve it.

Over all those are minor knocks on what is really a great product over all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful colors and sharp image
If you focus this just right you can do a whole lot of good for the image quality. We have it setup to send an image to an FTP server everytime someone comes to the front door of our office. We don't get a whole lot of traffic, so it works out ok. I can vouch for the motion detection since not just the front door is in view of the camera. we select the area of what the camera can see for motion detection. and have it upload an image when it sees movement within that area of what we designate.

This is all very simple to figure out and worth the short time it takes to set up. Our company is glad we purchased it and will likely invest in another if we ever need another camera or a new one. ... Read more

13. Logitech Quickcam USB Zoom Web Cam ( 961325-0403 )
by Logitech
list price: $79.95
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Asin: B0000C5FL1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 17486
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Logitech QuickCam Zoom is the fun way to connect. E-mail photos and videos, and zoom in or out. Add video to your Yahoo! Messenger. Even add live video to your favorite IM like MSN Messenger and AIM with Logitech's IM Video Companion. Video-chat online using Windows Messenger or Microsoft NetMeeting. ... Read more


  • Turn on automatic zoom
  • Add live video to MSN® Messenger, now with fast video and large 320 x 240 image size
  • Works with video-enabled Yahoo!® Messenger, and Windows® Messenger
  • Enjoy true 640 x 480 resolution
  • Capture sound with the built-in microphone

Reviews (7)

2-0 out of 5 stars Subpar on Mac
The Logitech Quickcam Zoom has been a pain in the neck to use on my Mac (iBook G3/700 running Evocam webcam software). On most days the video ouptut is jerky or nonexistent until the cam is unplugged then replugged, the "snapshot" button on top is prone to accidental pressing, the lens cover doesn't attach securely and tends to fall off, the screw attaching the camera to its malleable base comes loose too easily, and the image quality is average at best. It did work with Evocam, but caused more grief than I figured it's been worth these past few months, so I'm selling this off and getting me a Unibrain firewire webcam instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This item is great. Just be sure to follow the on screen and manual directions when installing it.. It has great clarity and the smoothness of movement is amazing. I have tried a few cams and found this to be my favorite. I gave one as a gift and they loved it. easy setup and use

5-0 out of 5 stars One top ZOOM camera for me.
When I first purchased it I was a bit doubtful on the camera's ability to keep a zoom on my subjects constant movement. Well surprise surprise! It keep the focus all the time, constant movement was not an issue, there was a second delay for adjustment of course but overall did an excellent job.

Dont expect to make a hollywood production - (other comments) for it for that a good digital camcorder connnected to the PC would do. For home and office short clips and video conferencing this is the one.

If you are constantly moving or light conditions change I recommend this camera, makes pretty good "kid action sequences" from my kids sending vid emails to their friends in CA.

Logitech seems to always make their products a bit better than the rest. Thats why I stick with this brand.. So far so good!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor product, buggy software
The picture quality was grainy and the video jerky, the camera mount to the stand was loose so the camera wobbled, the software was buggy. I switched for their Notebook Pro and find it acceptable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work with Mac OS X
Although Logitech advertises in their web site and in the product packaging that this camera works with Mac OS X, the "support" is useless. They bundle a driver from IOXPerts, which does not control the white balance (the picture is blue or green) and the exposure (the image is almost black) correctly in automatic mode. Trying the newest version of the driver from either Logitech or IOXperts does not change that. The manual settings do not work, to the point that sliders don't slide and it is not possible to type in values.

After suffering for two hours, I packed the camera and boxed it for a return. It does work with Windows, but the image quality is low for a camera with this price tag. ... Read more

14. Panasonic Network Camera (KX-HCM250)
by Panasonic
list price: $749.95
our price: $465.49
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Asin: B00007FS0R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 20482
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Panasonic Consumer (KX-HCM250) PANASONIC NETWORK CAMERA ... Read more


  • Check from any Web-enabled computer
  • Network-enabled camera
  • Still images up to 640 x 480
  • Up to 30 frames/second
  • Easy to install and use

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised
I needed to watch my kids at home from the internet and wanted to be able to pan & tilt. I first bought 3 cameras from X10 for [money amount]. Bad quality picture, couldn't penetrate corporate firewalls and too dificult to adjust. After 20 days of experimenting & support calls I gave up and bought this. Got it up and running in 3 hrs., no support calls required, penetrates firewalls and really good quality video. Drawbacks - the Pan and tilt is much lesser than X10. Works on a/c only. Big plus - 802.11b rocks on my wireless network!! ... Read more

15. D-Link DCS-3220G Wireless Internet Camera, CCD, 2-Way Audio, 4x Zoom, 802.11g, 54Mbps
by D-Link
list price: $399.99
our price: $325.84
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Asin: B0002Z45JK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 28594
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Product Description

Using the latest 802.11g wireless technology, the DCS-3220G communicates at a maximum wireless signal rate of up to 54Mbps. ... Read more


  • Audio Output Enables connection to powered speaker (Not Included)
  • First to Market 802.11g Wireless Internet Camera
  • 2-Way Audio Communication
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • Captures Video in Low Light

16. Digital Concepts Gear to Go Cyberpix 1.3MP Digital Camera
by Sakar
list price: $29.99
our price: $23.70
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Asin: B0000ZG52W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sakar
Sales Rank: 1981
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Image QualityResolution 31 MegapixelResolutions 640 x 480InterfacesInterface USBKey FeaturesOptical Zoom Without Optical ZoomResolution 31 MegapixelLensFocal Length 6.3 mmOptical Zoom Without Optical ZoomMiscellaneousProduct ID 22295049Power SupplyBattery Type 2 x AAA BatteriesStorageBuilt-in Memory Size 16 MBSystem RequirementsOperating System Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows ME Microsoft Windows 98SE ... Read more


  • Powered by two AAA batteries (not included)
  • 6.3mm fixed focal length lens -- f/2.8 aperture
  • Supports shutter speed between 1/6 and 1/1500 second
  • Maximum sensor resolution -640 x 480 pixels
  • Stores 152 still pictures at VGA resolution

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars there are other cameras out there better than this
First of all I understand that a digital camera under 30 dollars is not going to give you high quality pics. I assure you this camera indeed does not take very good pics, the pics are somewhat blurry, not crisp at all. I bought a cheapo camera attachment for my pda a while back that took pictures of simalar quality.

Although this camera might be usefull for taking pics of items youre putting on Ebay or maybe of houses if youre a real estate agent and don't need big quality pics, you can do better. There are cameras out there the size of a credit card that takes pics that are no worse than the ones this one takes. Shop around for a smaller camera if picture quality is not of tremendous importance.

5-0 out of 5 stars cyberPix digital camera
purchased because I wanted small digital camera to take pictures of things I take apart to fix. Never expected camera to take such clear pictures. I took a picture out of my truck window as i was driving and picture came out awesome. Color reproduction is extremely good and software that came with the camera is many times better than my more expensive larger digital camera. Highly recommended as a take everywhere pocket digital camera. especially like the auto-shut off to save battery life.Easiest download to computer I ever used. Way better than the price would suggest. ... Read more

17. Logitech Quickcam Cordless - Digital video camera - USB
by Logitech

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Asin: B00006OM4L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 37699
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Capture all your important moments with cordless convenience. The Logitech QuickCam Cordless... because there's more to life than what happens around your computer.Logitech combined the power of a QuickCam and the convenience of cordless to give you the QuickCam Cordless. Now you can share more of your life without being tied to your PC. Add live video to your favorite instant messenger, conduct video calls and conferences, send video emails, capture still images, and say what's on your mind thanks to the built-in microphone... anywhere within 75 feet of your PC! ... Read more


  • Create movies like a pro with studio-quality editing software
  • Built-in mic captures sound up to 75 feet away
  • Create web albums, broadcast liveaudio/video, and set up a web cam
  • Add video to your online auctions
  • Includes tilt/swivel base and wall-mount capabilities

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Barely works 2 feet from antenna
when i bought this cam i was very excited because i was under the impression that it was a WIRELESS webcam and that it could be positioned almost anywhere in the house and still work, assuming it didnt have to go through too many walls or anything, it took me days of emailing the Logitech people back and forth to finally even get the thing to work (they dont give you instruction manuals) and when it did "work" i couldnt move the cam more then 2 feet from the wireless antenna without it stopping. and if you have WIRELESS internet too? forget about it! the channels constantly conflict which makes it work even less, GOOD IDEA not a good product

3-0 out of 5 stars Works great, but video image is not crystal clear
I purchased 2 of these webcams, thinking that I could use them for a home surveillance/security set-up.

Here are the problems I experienced:

1) As with any webcam, your light source should not be behind the object; when pointing the webcam out a window near my front door, the bright background lighting caused the close-up image in my entry way to be dark. On the other hand, when viewing my backyard, it worked fine.You can adjust the image/lighting with the software, but that also has its limitations.

2) When I hooked-up both webcams to my PC, I received an error about not enough bandwidth; this was disappointing because I had hoped to hook-up 2 or 3 webcams to one PC (one for each side of my home).Maybe someone knows how to solve this problem?

3) The video quality was not crystal clear.It was a little fuzzy, especially for distant objects.

The good stuff:
The cordless feature performed great!The unit is attractive and small.You don't have to use a 9V battery for the camera since it includes an A/C power cord.With the 9V battery, the camera will shutdown after 10 minutes if it does not sense any movement (powersave feature); with the A/C power cord, it stays "on" all the time unless you turn it off. Although the included instructions were minimal, I really didn't need them to figure-out how to use the webcam; just make sure that the webcam and the software are set to the same channel (1, 2, 3, or 4).There is a button on the top of the webcam that you need to hold down for a couple of seconds in order to power-up the webcam.

If the image quality was better and if I could hook-up 2+ webcams to one PC, then I would have kept these webcams instead of re-selling them.If you don't need a crystal clear image and you want cordless, then you'll be happy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, works, mediocre video quality
Compared to other Logitech cameras, like the Pro 3000, 4000, or QuickCam For Notebooks, this camera is definitely a big step down in video quality. The picture is much grainier and always has a greenish cast to it. The latter cannot be corrected (probably caused by office fluorescent lighting), because unlike their other cams, this one doesn't have a white balance adjust, and this is especially odd since all the cameras use the same driver.

The camera will do 30 fps at 320x240, but only on the default brightness/contrast settings which are way too dark for normal interior lighting. When you boost them to get a reasonably bright image, you'll get only about 20 fps, and the picture is very grainy.

Usability is excellent: A base unit plugs into your USB port on your computer, the Windows XP hardware wizard works properly with this cam (after you install the software from the Logitech installer), and the camera can use any one of 4 wireless channels, so you could have 4 of these in close proximity to each other without interference.

User interface problems:
There are no instructions, and it's not immediately obvious how to turn the stupid camera on in the first place. The camera is powered by a 9-volt battery or a plug-in wall wart (supplied). But you must power it up. When I first installed everything, the Logitech control panel kept saying 'no signal', and I couldn't figure out how to turn the camera on. There is a silver button on the top of the camera, which you must depress and HOLD for several seconds until you see the LCD display on the camera turn on. There are also 2 other small round silver buttons whose function is unmarked, but which appear to control which channel you are on, and what mode you are in (still-image or video).

Range and stability:
The range is very good. The camera is rated at 75 feet. I went around about 30-40 feet through several walls, and it still works. But as you move the camera, expect lots of glitches and breakup. Once you stop moving the camera, it cleans up and the transmission is reliable.

There is a mic built-in, which is a nice plus. It had good pickup and decent quality (about the same as the mics in their other USB cams).
It depends on what you really need. If you really need a wireless camera, this fills a niche that I don't think another camera quite fills. Unlike 'network' cams that plug into your Ethernet cable or WiFi network and operate as a low-frame-rate web server, this thing acts just any other USB video capture camera. As such, you can use it for video conferencing, or a web cam from your computer, with the added bonus of being able to move it around and locate it far from the computer.

On the minus side, the video quality isn't so hot, so unless you absoltely HAVE to have a wireless camera, the Pro 4000 would be a much better choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost a home run
This thing is great, runs long on a single 9 volt, or use the little power cord wherever you take it, USB powers the base station. Picture is definatly worth the price. I would only recomend one thing, get a rechargeable 9 volt battery (or more) because even though you can do alot with this thing, you cannot recharge it. so before you go bonkers buying a few batteries, break out the cash and get some rechargeables, because the kit does NOT contain one, nor the means to recharge one. other than that, Logitech hit this one out of the park, but it swayed just a bit out side of the right field line. ... Read more

18. D-Link DCS-2100+ Wireless Internet Camera, 802.11b, 22Mbps, Built-in Microphone
by D-Link Systems, Inc.
list price: $249.99
our price: $262.99
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Asin: B00009PGTE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link Systems, Inc.
Sales Rank: 34542
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless Audio & Video Surveillance for Home/Office

Watch and listen remotely with the D-Link DCS-2100+ Internet Camera. The DCS-2100+ is a powerful surveillance system that connects to a wiredEthernet or Enhanced 802.11b wireless connection toprovide remote high-quality video and audio.

Easily access your camera using an Internet Explorerbrowser from anywhere in the world. From the webbrowser you can view video from the the DCS-2100+ and manage the camera. The built-in microphone adds the element of sound to the video.

You can record streaming video that utilizes highquality MPEG-4 Compression to your hard drive, enable motion detection and set upautomated email alerts for security. The DCS-2100+ easily connects to the Internet or to your existing network. It is a cost-effective and versatile security solution for yourhome or business.

The bundled IP Sentry software further enhances thesecurity features of the DCS-2100+, allowing you toarchive streaming video to your hard drive, search andplayback stored video, monitor as many as 16 camerason a single screen, and set up motion detection totrigger automatic recording or email alerts.

The DCS-2100+ Internet Camera maximizes yourexisting network investment, using the latestEnhanced 802.11b wireless technology tocommunicate wirelessly at up to 22 Mbps and offer256-bit WEP security encryption.

Everything you need to get started is included withthe DCS-2100+.The accessory kit includes acamera stand, mounting hardware, software CD,installation guide, wireless antennas and an Ethernetcable. Simple installation, along with the built-in Web-based interface offers easy integration to yournetwork environment.

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  • Built-in 802.11b Wireless Functionality
  • Built-in Microphone& Motion Detection
  • High Quality MPEG-4 Compression
  • Remotely Manage and View Up to 16 Cameras
  • View Directly From Web Browser

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Features Sound Good but...
I bought this camera to test it as a security camera for a store I own. The camera sounds good if you look at all the features it has but when I hooked it up I found the software to be pretty bad. I'm a software engineer so maybe I expect too much but when you open the software and it takes up the full screen without a minimize button, i consider that pretty bad. Not to mention the software is not very intuitive at all and pretty difficult to work with.

I also found that the picture quality was pretty poor as well. I have not worked with too many cameras but I have seen low price webcams with better pictures quality than this. And when you factor in the price, then it really is not worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy and Difficult Installation but DLink Got It Working
I would give this product a three star rating. The DCS 2100+started out worse than a plague of locusts. To be fair, I am reporting the final result. A Senior Level Technician at DLink figured out the problem and with download of the latest update to the application software (IP Surveillance) the DCS 2100+ works as does the IP Surveillance software (It now allows minimalization of the screen. I still haven't conquered the surveillance mode completely and email alerts still don't work, nor have I figured out how to add my Linksys camera to the sureveillance software, but I am optimistic.

Overall, this product has great promise. However, installation is not for the faint hearted. It may be the nature of the infancy of home networking or just the birth pangs of a relatively new product. I will add a few more DLink cameras to the mix when I am more comfortable with the remote monitoring functions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy wireless
Even after an upgrade to the newest firmware, the wireless connection was buggy. The included "IP configuration" tool never found the camera even after it had obtained an IP address from my router. I had to use the DHCP table from my router to find the camera's IP address. I eventually got it connected to my wireless network (40b WEP, DHCP), but after about 10min it killed all of my wireless connections. Worked ok when connected to wired ethernet network (except that the config util couldn't find the camera). Returning it ASAP.

1-0 out of 5 stars Faulty product
I am an experienced IT guy, but this camera has me tearing my hair out! First, a major warning: the spec sheet states that the camera can take 640x480 pics. This is NOT TRUE - the maximum available resolution is 320x240.

The wireless interface is buggy and cumbersome to work with, and when I tried to set it up it not only crashed the camera several times, it crashed my entire wireless network. Thinking that a D-link 624+ WLAN router might work better with it than my Netgear, I tried that too and got the same crashes. I even saw the radio communication from the camera forcing the router to reset itself - how's that for interoperability?

Finally, after fiddling with every possible setting (few of which are explained in the manual) and trying various WLAN channels (no, the camera does not auto-detect, you have to set the channel manually which also often causes a crash) I got it to work, just about. Now the brand-new D-link router is acting up instead *sigh* and loses connection to the net.

Further, the camera can send images by ftp or e-mail, but not both at the same time.

I highly recommend going with some other brand, and using a standard network camera together with an ethernet-WLAN dongle instead of a combined product. That way you can also test WLAN connectivity with a computer before setting up your camera.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Q/A!
First, I'm a computer guy.They pay me to do this kind of thing.Except I write software, I don't configure LANs.So I needed to call tech support because the camera was on a different subnet by default and their documentation, though long, was very lacking in advanced configuration.I had to call in three times to get the IP conflict resolved.The first two people didn't have a clue how to use the camera.The third guy knew it all and finished the job.Two of the three were Indian sounding and I had trouble communicating, but got the job done.

Then, the scheduler wouldn't work.I would set the schedule for 1 o'clock, and 1 o'clock would come and go without recording.I called tech support again and talked to 3 more people.Without admitting that the old software was buggy, they insisted that I upgrade by downloading the new stuff.The new updated software didn't work at all.

Now I have spent 18 full-time hours on this, 3 days and nights, I've talked to 12 different tech support people and here is where I am.

The camera is now an artificial reef because they had me flash it with the latest firmware which totally killed it.The application on my Windows XP PC is their newest beta version because all of their old software is buggy.And that version is buggy too.They say it's ready to be released.

So basically nothing works.Nothing.And nobody at D-LINK appears to give a crapola.Not one manager I've talked to has given me a call-back to see if this is resolved to my satisfaction.In fact, they go out of their way to explain to me that they don't have direct phone numbers that I can get back to them with.Each time I have to call in and start over from scratch.

Additionally I have a feeling they don't have a Q/A (quality assurance) group that tests their software before releasing it, but I'm not sure.It sure seems that way.

I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because the camera itself was somewhat impressive at first when that worked.It has its own address that can be seen from anywhere on the internet.Pretty cool.The application on the PC side is where most of their problems are.

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19. Micro Innovations Compaq VGA Webcam (CPQ74CAM )
by Micro Innovations
list price: $49.99
our price: $34.19
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Asin: B00025HGQE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Micro Innovations
Sales Rank: 37274
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With its built-in microphone and high quality video capturing feature, video conferencing has never been this easy. Easy to use software is provided to enhance and edit your motion videos and captured still images. Flashing LEDs located on the side of the CPQ74CAM conveniently notifies users of incoming emails.


  • Built-in microphone
  • Snapshot Button
  • E-mail Notification
  • Easy to install
  • Image Sensor: (CMOS)
  • Manual Focus
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20. Logitech ClickSmart 820 DualCam
by Logitech
list price: $179.99
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Asin: B00006OMZ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 38546
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • True 2.1 MP and VGA resolution for high-quality photos and emails
  • Tag, sync, and share your images with QuickSend
  • Short video clips with sound to capture spontaneous moments
  • Expandable memory slot for more great photos and videos
  • Add a new dimension to your instant messages with live video

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Only one reason for one less star..........
NO INSTRUCTIONS!! Well, no sufficient's basically a "you figure it out" kinda camera. Don't let this hinder you if you are considering buying this camera, though...because with the digital technology the way it is's no problem at all to figure the buttons out.
Two years ago, i bought a $400.00 digital camera and brought it back because i hated it....couldn't move the slightest bit because the pictures came out blurry...could hardly breath when you were snapping a picture!! The Logitech 820 takes AWESOME digital pictures!! Better than the 400 dollar camera i had bought!!
It also takes really good still shots from the webcam itself...such high quality and definition. I have yet to use the webcam capabilities, but i'm sure i won't be disappointed.
The main reason i bought this camera was for the "digital camera" mode. I really wasn't expecting the quality i received for the price i paid. My advice for someone who doesn't want to shell out the big bucks for a digital to buy this Logitech 820. You will NOT be disappointed. I do also agree with the suggestion of the first yourself a bigger memory card...and some extra AAA batteries!! You'll be snapping pictures like a fool with this camera!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and high resolution for picture.
This camera is easy to use and better than another brand of camerea I have use before. I used to own Vivitar Vivicam 3625 2.1MP Digital Camera but it was diffcult to use. The button on the camera was hard to use. I am so glad that I got this camera and get rid of my Vivitar camera. Logitech Clicksmart 820 is a little heavier than other type camera such as the model I just mention earlier from Vivitar. Overall is not too bad. The downside about this camera, well, not just this camera but this goes to a lot of camera, is the internal memory is pretty smart. It has 8 MB of internal memory, which if you're really going on a trip and use this camera to take picture at 1600 by 1200 then I would suggest you need to buy at least 64MB of SmartMedia Card. According to Logitech information said this camera can take 12 pictures in 1600 by 1200 in 8 MB but from what I have test out the camera. It actually can take up 18 pictures in 1600 by 1200. I have add on a 128 MB SmartMedia Card for my camera so I can actually take picture in 1600 by 1200 app. 280 or a little more pictures, which to me that is a lot of picture!!!!-- If you're taking picture in 640 by 480, that'll be over 1000 pictures. I don't think I will ever reach the max. since I don't take picture very often.

Some information show in the logitech camera is not 100% correct. For example the camera has a timer setup and it is 10 sec. timer, but it is actually about 15 second before it takes the picture even though 10 sec. is what it'll shows on your LCD screen from your camera. Also the number that showed how many pictures you have left to take isn't correct either. Let's just say you'll 12 pictures show on your LCD is available for you take to pictures. but you can actually take up 18 pictures before it reachs the 0. It wasn't too bad since it only showed less pictures which you can take more than what it showed better than showing more pictures to take but endup taking fewer pictures than it showed. Overall I would strongly recommend Clicksmart 820 from other brand of camera that is similar to this one and also those previous model of clicksmart camera as well. ClickSmart 820 has LCD color screen, quicksend, 2x precision digital zoom and external SmartMedia memory slot (for more memory for your camera) that does not has from it older model of ClickSmart. Buy smart and use smart with ClickSmart 820. Except one thing I forget to mention, this camera also has a video mode for recording video in 320 by 240 in digital camera and 640 by 280 in webcam. If you ask. is it a good video recorder? Well, I will have to say don't count on it. The video mode is nice to play around but don't expect your video to be as good as a real video camera. Since video mode will not have flash light on, it will need a place that has a lot of light for it to work a little better. Even though Logitech did not say this is a 3 in 1 camera use, they're somehow consider as 3 in 1 and personally to me, I will only consider 2 in 1 only, which are digital camera and webcam. Video mode is useless to me because of its low resolution and no flash light on even though this camera has microphone build in. Then again if you're looking for similar camera that has 3 in 1 in perfect quality of both pictures and videos, I would have to say that is no such camera can do that. (At least not right now). This camera is great for personal use but not great for professional use. ... Read more

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