- 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
Philips SPC 620NC
The webcam market is taking a significant blow, and there are two reasons for this. First of all, more and more monitors and laptops have integrated webcams. Second, we are of the strong opinion that most current webcams on the market, with a few exceptions, are more or less the same in that they offer a minimum of functions. There is often no autofocus to do away with manual adjustment, poor night time rendering, and sound reproduction contorts voices.
It’s true that as we test more and more of these products, the situation looks a bit bleak. And we can only ask when the webcam market will have more complete models competing to catch our eye instead of the current rather mediocre choices.
With the SPC 620NC Philips offers a small webcam with a classic design (all plastic, a bit light) with a fixation system that works on all screens but isn’t ideal for laptops. The first apparent downside is the lack of autofocus (though there is face tracking). However more importantly, how did this model fare for noise and contrast control, night rendering and sound reproduction?
Rendering is more or less satisfactory but gradation in black colors was poor. Overall, colors tend to lean towards blue-green, while in normal conditions with artificial lighting or daylight, images are pleasant. There is good detail with a slight loss in darker colors.
At night, it’s another story. The image is very dark and we barely recognized our conversation partner. Yes, we have seen worse, but more importantly we’ve also seen better. Webcam manufacturers need to take into account that these products are also used at night.
Autofocus and face tracking
Focusing is done manually and this is true for the entire line of Philips webcams. We can only wonder why autofocus has not yet been included. Face tracking, the function which follows the user’s small movements, works well.
A little bonus
Phillips gives you the possibility of changing the background as well as several video effects.
Sometimes you sound like a cartoon character
While the voice of your conversation partner is recognizable, there are some words that come out sounding strange. You sometimes get the impression you are conversing with Sylvester the cat and it’s slightly annoying.
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It’s a classic webcam with a satisfactory image and sufficient brightness; however, the lack of autofocus, poor night mode and bad sound quality hurt its score significantly.
- 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