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Creative Live! Ultra for Notebooks

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  • Summary: The Creative Ultra! Live for Notebooks is a well-built, durable webcam aimed at style-conscious laptop users. However, we look forward to future, more refined releases of the Creative software.
  • Pros: 76º camera angle; Compact yet highly durable construction.
  • Cons: Inaccuracy of “Face tracking” feature, Software needs a few refinements.
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MSI Starcam Mini

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  • Summary: An easy to use and well priced webcam complete with some useful extras
  • Pros: Easy to use, good range of features, cheap
  • Cons: Image quality below par
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

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  • Conclusion: Microsoft latest camera doesn’t offer new technologies compared to the other LifeCam series, but it still is a great webcam to have especially if you are looking for an HD webcam to chat. The price is also affordable, which makes the HD-5000 attractive.
  • Pros: + Affordable + Compact in size, high portability + Highly flexible + Crisp and great quality + Has an auto focus + 720p HD resolution, widescreen + Has embedded microphone with great audio quality
  • Cons: – Tend to get out of focus occasionally – Looks pretty standard
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LifeCam VX-5500

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  • Summary: The VX-5500 is a basic little webcam that offers decent sound and image quality. It’s not the most versatile webcam on the market, but it gets the job done for a semi-reasonable price. Of course, the same thing can be said of every other Microsoft model. A less than essential purchase.
  • Pros: Good low-light performance, 3-D face-tracking, appealingly low-key design
  • Cons: Only suited to flat surfaces, face plates are a bit bland, incompatible with Macs
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Apple iSight

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  • Summary: If you’re a Mac user, the iSight is the only webcam you should be considering. It’s expensive, but in terms of quality and ease-of-use it’s a clear winner.
  • Pros: Built-in noise suppression microphone, slick alloy casing, image quality, autofocus, mounting options
  • Cons: Full functionality only possible with iChat AV, not compatible with Windows systems, expensive, image settings not adjustable
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