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It works fine, but don't expect a 5 megapixel picture,
This review is from: Kinobo 5 Megapixel USB Webcam for Ubuntu / Linux / Unix Laptop Desktop
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. One thing I've not seen mentioned is that there's also a nut underneath which you can presumably use to bolt it on to a camera stand, which might be useful, given how light the camera is. I've not tried this though.
In conclusion, if you want a standard UVC-compatible webcam to do some video chat on your Linux box or anything else, this will probably do the trick just fine. If you're looking for something a bit more high-end, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. And looking at other reviews, you'll probably want to get a separate mic either way.
Finally, some information from various tools; ignore this if you don't care about technical info. This is what lsusb shows it as being:
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0ac8:3450 Z-Star Microelectronics Corp.
And the top bit of v4l-info:
driver : "uvcvideo"
card : "Vimicro USB Camera (Altair)"
version : 0.1.0
capabilities : 0x4000001 [VIDEO_CAPTURE,STREAMING]