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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, versatile little camere, 23 July 2014
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This review is from: IPEVO Ziggi-HD High-Definition USB Document Camera (Personal Computers)
I'm very impressed with this little thing. I wonder how well it might stand up to a lot of heavy use if mis-handed (the base is a lot heavier than the head, so you have to remember to always lift by the base), but for sitting on a desk and making videos it's just great. My application is making tutorial videos for an electronics course (not as a document projector) and the auto-focus is very useful for this - this camera can focus down to around 6 cm, which with some zooming in allows very clear imaging of very small electronic components. True, the autofocus is slow at the highest resolutions, but that's not a major issue for me.

For reference: this is what Aforge reckons it can get out of it (I've not independently verified these, but the frame rates appear right):

30 fps at 640 x 480 and 1280 x 720
15 fps at 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1600 x 1200
4 fps at 1920 x 1080 and 2048 x 1536
2 fps at 2592 x 1944

I mostly use the 1600 x 1200 at 15 fps; it's fast enough to follow my hand movements when writing without looking noticeably blurred (although there is some delay), and the resolution is enough for me. But it's very useful to be able to move up to the highest resolution to zoom into show the details on something really small. As other reviewers have noted there doesn't seem to be an HD webcam that takes advantage of USB3 rates on the market, certainly not anywhere near this price point.

Drivers appear solid (Windows 7). I've not had any problems so far, and am very pleased with it. A built-in light would have helped when focusing on small components with the head very close to the desk, but at this price I'm not complaining.
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