Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn more Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works fine, but don't expect a 5 megapixel picture, 27 Dec. 2010
By 
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:
general info
VIDIOC_QUERYCAP
driver : "uvcvideo"
card : "Vimicro USB Camera (Altair)"
version : 0.1.0
capabilities : 0x4000001 [VIDEO_CAPTURE,STREAMING]
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]