Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam
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Look sharp. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 uses Carl Zeiss optics with autofocus and 8-megapixel images to deliver astonishing detail and clarity. The RightLight 2 technology ensures great-looking images, even in poor lighting, and RightSound technology makes your conversations sound crystal-clear.
You can even spice up your video calls with Logitech Video Effects filters plus avatars and face accessories.
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Just remember that this is a recording and your video-conferencing quality will be dependent upon your Internet connection.
Because of the low lighting in the room you'll also notice the light level fluctuates slightly but that's due to the camera being put through it's paces in a less than optimal environment.
Also, it seems the videos on Amazon can sometimes play a bit pixelated, but the recording is clear so refresh the page if that happens.
Having returned home after a stint in Shanghai, I was eager to purchase a web camera to keep in touch with good friends. I was aware of Logitech's reputation in PC peripherals so their webcams were scrutinised along with Microsoft and Creative's offerings. During my research, what quickly became apparent were empty promises appearing in webcam marketing literature. Don't be seduced by `HD video calling' - the call may well be HD resolution but at slide show speeds for both participants. There is a valid reason for the implementation of HD, as the improved optics help refine standard quality calls. Still, don't purchase one on the basis of its HD offering as you'll get nowhere.
I settled on the Quickcam Pro 9000 because of its fair price point and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Most criticism centres on its bundled software suite but as I have dealt with the abortions that are Creative's supplied software, little fazes me. I have no use for the software suite anyhow and in the end, simply installed the webcam's driver and got underway.
Skype (4.0 beta at time of writing) is my VoIP client of choice, and picked up the Pro 9000 effortlessly. The image produced, at 640x400, is sharp and responsive. Colour and lighting are reasonable, although the sudden appearance of a bright colour can throw the latter off. I noticed this whenever I waved my bright blue foam roller at the webcam - the colours would dim upon its appearance and brighten conversely. It is not a major issue for me but I could imagine distracting scenarios - e.g. if somebody wearing bright clothes kept entering and exiting the webcam's field.Read more ›
I had previously owned a Creative NX Pro webcam I bought about 3 years ago and was disappointed with it. A friend of mine who is a technology correspondent for a major international newspaper told me that Logitech made the best cameras and I had also worked for Cisco from time to time and notice they use Logitech webcams also - rebranded Cisco, of course.
The Creative webcam could never get the light right and I was always opening or closing the curtains in the background to try and adjust the light levels and in the end I just gave up.
I found the Logitech camera easy to install. I am running a fairly ancient Dell Latitude D600 laptop with Windows XP and it was no problem. I decided to load all the software although you can opt for a custom install. I took the advice of several reviews and binned the enclosed disc and just dowloaded the latest software from the Logitech site. Very quick and easy. I notice several reviewers only loaded the drivers and that might be the best course of action for some people although there are some features you might miss which may prove useful. You can choose a custom install when you've downloaded the software which I presume gives you that option.
The instructions advise you strongly not to plug the camera in until you've installed the software and when I plugged it in I was blown away with the quality. It was vastly superior to the Creative webcam I had previously owned.Read more ›
One other great feature is its stand its so versatile it attaches to anything or stands perfectly.
I have installed this on 2 PCs: my main desktop running Win XP 64-bit edition, with an ultra fast quad core Intel Xeon processor, 8 Gb of Ram and a 256mb Nvidia FX 3500 video card, as well as a fast Core 2 Duo laptop with 2 GB Ram and a 512mb Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M video card running Win XP Pro 86x.
Power is not an issue on either of these machines until I installed the truly dreadful Logitech software, which singlehandedly slowed everything down to a completely unacceptable extent. Further, it created all sorts of conflicts with other audio devices causing them to fail one after the other to the point where nothing was working.
Fortunately, the solution in my case was ultimately simple:
1. Install bundled software
2. Plug in webcam
3. Windows Update --> Get new drivers
4. Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs --> Uninstall main software (but not the drivers)
5. Skype (only thing I require this for) can fully control webcam functionality and works like a charm.
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Amazing picture quality and the macro is very very good. Worth every penny.Published 15 months ago by Leon Davey
Great quality webcam, ideal for Skype and Youtube videos. Had it a long time now and still works fine. Been superseded by the C920Published 15 months ago by R. P. Cunningham