- Page 1:Product Survey: Webcams
- Page 2:Creative Labs Live! Cam Optia Pro
- Page 3:Creative Labs Live! Cam Video IM Pro 2
- Page 4:Hercules Dualpix Exchange
- Page 5:Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe
- Page 6:Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks
- Page 7:Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
- Page 8:Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision
- Page 9:Microsoft LifeCam Show
- Page 10:Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000
- Page 11:Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000
- Page 12:Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500
- Page 13:Philips SPC 1300NC
- Page 14:Philips SPC 620NC
Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000
Video effects of little interest
Probably not wanting Logitech to be the only one to captivate buyers with amusing avatars in Live Messenger, Microsoft also added various effects. Well let you be the judge of their utility.
Up until recently, Microsoft offered keyboards, mice and many peripherals, but no webcams. This has been resolved since last fall to the great dismay of previous leaders on this market: Creative, Logitech and Philips. You may recall that in the entry-level all of these manufacturers offer basic starting products which sell very well: the Vista Plus, Messenger and SPC 210NC, respectively. And what do these three products have in common? Our strong recommendation to avoid them. The list of downsides is long: a lack of sharpness, uselessness when night falls, afterglow, and missing colors. Now Microsoft arrives on the entry-level scene with an attractive design and a product of supposed good quality. We'll see about that.
No zoom, but images are sharp.
Even better, the small VX-1000 surpasses the Hercules Deluxe, our previous low priced favorite. Its rendering is better in every aspect: shapes are better respected (the Deluxe had the tendency of rounding things), superior sharpness especially due to softer and better image processing, increased visibility at night, and more natural colors with normal lighting.
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The VX-1000 perfectly illustrates the progress made by digital products. For a low price it offers quality that we can only find on what were formerly very high end models.
- Product Survey: Webcams
- Creative Labs Live! Cam Optia Pro
- Creative Labs Live! Cam Video IM Pro 2
- Hercules Dualpix Exchange
- Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe
- Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks
- Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
- Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision
- Microsoft LifeCam Show
- Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000
- Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000
- Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500
- Philips SPC 1300NC
- Philips SPC 620NC