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Kinobo 5 Megapixel USB Webcam for Ubuntu / Linux / Unix Laptop Desktop

by Kinobo

Price: £9.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
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  • Works with Ubuntu out of the box
  • Very clear 5 Megapixel picture quality
  • Includes a microphone
  • Works without any additional software
  • Tested and working with Skype
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BrandKinobo
Item Weight118 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 10.2 x 8.2 cm
Item model numberB5Linux
  
Additional Information
ASINB002UAV8LS
Best Sellers Rank 32,494 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight118 g
Date First Available25 Oct 2009
  
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Product Description

This webcam is designed especially for your linux computer - tested and works with Ubuntu 9.04 and 10.04. The beauty of this is that it does not require any driver to work, so will show a picture using the standard Ekiga software. The webcam also will work with Skype. Includes a microphone, which will let you voice-chat with your friends and family.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By gumbibear on 16 Mar 2010
I'd been considering getting a webcam for my parents but it needed to have a built-in mic and work out-of-the-box under Linux with Skype. A search on Amazon for 'webcam linux' immediately brought up this surprise offering and I'd completed the order a couple of minutes later. It arrived within two days and works fine. No faff or need to scour other products for hours on end.

The system it's set up on is the same openSUSE 11.2 using the identical Skype version mentioned by the previous reviewer, which is what convinced me to buy it. However, unlike their experience, the LED lights work fine using the small wheel controller on the cable (similar to the extra volume control you find on earphone cables). Focus can be adjusted by turning the ring on the front and the device comfortably straddles the chunky top of my parents' LCD monitor, but will also rest on its base elsewhere. The button on the top (I assume for taking a snapshot) doesn't do anything but maybe that depends on the software being used. The picture seems very clear and the mic works.

I don't know exactly what kind of generic / unbranded model this is and it arrived on its own in a jiffy bag, but the seller has obviously cottoned on to a massive opportunity for Linux users who just want to buy a webcam that they can be sure is properly supported with no fussing about. This should be a signal to all the other manufacturers who are too lazy or ignorant to test, fund or advertise Linux compatibility on their products, that they're losing customers! Having already purchased two expensive and obscure webcams with vague specifications only to find they both use proprietary Windows-only drivers, I've had my fingers burnt already. And for the price this product is a bargain.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Jost on 6 Mar 2010
Works out-of-the-box with Skype 2.1.0.81 under openSUSE 11.2. Very good quality.

The camera has by far the best and most flexible stand I have ever seen on a webcam (I had 5 thus far from Logitech, Creative, etc.). I fits securely on top of a thin laptop screen, a wide old-style CRT and even on top of a 1 inch thick desktop LCD (most webcams I had had problems affixing to the latter). The stand can also be screwed onto a tripod. In addition, the webcam can be turned and tilted for easy positioning.

The webcam's slim round cable splits up at end into USB and a standard 3,5mm audio plug for the integrated microphone. This can be regarded as an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how well your Linux supports USB audio devices.

Negatives:
I have not found out how to turn on the 6 illuminating LEDs under Linux, zooming, nor how to make use of the button.
The webcam arrived in no-frills bulk packaging: just the webcam in an unlabelled clear plastic bag, nothing else, not even a tag or brand name.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr K on 3 April 2010
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When I read the previous reviews I was a little pensive as they were so good. Well I took the plunge and it arrived in two days - very prompt. As has been said it came in a jiffy bag and no instructions. I found out why when I plugged it in. It worked immediately and is now providing me with a video link for Skype in Linux. I agree about the short audio cable as my USB hub is away from the computer, but hopefully that will be sorted shortly when an audio extension arrives. NEVER have I found something so easy to install. I know some friends who could do with a webcam in Linux and they will soon know about this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 27 Dec 2010
I, like most other reviewers, bought this because I wanted to upgrade my ancient slow webcam, and as someone who exclusively uses Linux, wanted something that would work with it. Whilst the USB Video Class standard should mean that any modern webcam will just work, it's still nice to buy something that is specifically advertised as being compatible.

So, first things first: does it work? Well, as you'd hope, yes, it does. It's a standard USB Video Class device, and so should work on any modern OS just fine. In Linux it gets picked up fine and is usable as a v4l/v4l2 device. I've not tried the mic as I have a desk mic that I use.

Now, whilst it works, it's definitely not 5 megapixels in general use. v4l-info reports a maximum resolution of 640x480 (0.3 megapixels). It's possible that some form of photo mode (perhaps activated by pressing the mystery button) might take higher resolution images, but by default on Ubuntu (and presumably all Linux distros) it's far lower, and so this shouldn't really be advertised as such. For this price I wasn't expecting a 5 megapixel webcam, and the quality of the video is still decent enough for most uses, but if you want high resolution streaming, this is not the camera for you.

Other reviews have mentioned the lights - they work, but one thing that I have noticed is that they never actually turn off. If you have the webcam plugged in to a powered USB socket in a darkened room, you can still see them. Not a major issue, just a bit strange.

The stand, as other reviewers have mentioned, is fairly flexible, if a bit light; you can close it for use on a flat surface, or you can open it to hook it on an LCD monitor.
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