Picture quality on this is really excellent, its like watching a TV broadcast...! I was also very impressed with the no-nonesense 'plug & play' - I literally did just that. Sound quality is not usually something you'd talk about on a webcam I guess but it somehow manages to block out all the background sound when you're using it - unless you don't want everyone to hear your ramblings you shouldn't need to use a headset. Excellent.
I was recommended the Optia AF by a friend who took the plunge and bought one after it won an award in a Sunday newspaper. Having seen the video quality for myself on her PC I had no hesitation ordering one, and I must say what a great purchase it's proven to be!
The picture quality is excellent, even in my study which is quite a dark room. Installation was straight forward and everything worked first time on my Vista PC. You get a headset in the box but I prefer to use the microphone in the webcam and my PC speakers.
There are some fun features in the software which add effects to your video and even your voice. It's funny to hear the kids playing around with their friends - sounding like robots or chipmunks! There's lots of other software but my favourite is definitely the video and voice effects - and the password lock which stops the kids using the webcam without my permission.
In summary I'd say a great webcam for all the family - 5 stars!
I always find it fascinating how a product can have reviews on opposite ends of the scale. I always read reviews before I buy but everyone will in the end have their own personal experience regardless of what reviews might say.
I bought this camera for my Windows Vista system (my PC is top end and only a few months old) and I am extremely unhappy with the product. The audio does not work unless I use the supplied headphones/microphone. It is supposed to have built-in audio but so far I have not been able to make it work. The video quality is poor and motion tracking is appalling.
I gave up on this product and purchased the Microsoft Life Cam VX-6000. It was plug and play with no problems whatsoever. In less than 5 minutes it was working and I am very pleased. I recommend you avoid the Creative Live Cam when running Windows Vista and go for the Microsoft Life Cam.