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- 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
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- Page 13:Philips SPC 1300NC
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Creative Labs Live! Cam Video IM Pro 2
Sound Quality and Effects
The IM Pro 2 has an internal microphone with noise reduction and a lapel microphone. After checking it out we can firm that the voice of the person on the other end is indeed recognizable. Moreover, you dont have the impression that the voice is coming from deep inside a cave, a phenomenon with some webcams, particularly older models. Audio effects are also available. You can easily go from the voice of an old person, to a robot voice, or even toggle between a male and female voice.
This webcam is the second generation Live! Cam IM Pro. With a launch price of around $65, it is targeted to the mid-range; however, it can be found today for less than $40. The manufacturer touts it as a webcam that could improve Internet conversations. We found its main advantage to be the UVC Plug and Play compatibility. This means that all you have to do is connect the device to your computer in order to speak with your friends via instant messaging. You don't even have to install drivers.
Design and Style
The first good point is that it easily attaches to all types of screens and even laptops. Moreover, the base allows 360° turning and a 45° incline. In terms of design, there is the same round lines found on the first version of this webcam. But Creative also kept the medium quality plastic body and manual focus. Luckily, Creative also made this version a bit more compact than its predecessor.
Reactivity and image quality
If you look at images with automatic settings in a room with contrasted colors, you can immediately see that this webcam slightly overexposes the picture, which means a noticeable reduction in reactivity. It’s therefore preferable to manually adjust exposure in exchange for an image which is a bit darker. At night, the sensor will automatically set sensitivity by adding noise and reducing quality. As for reactivity, you'll find a satisfactory image rate compared with the market average and very similar reactivity as compared with the Hercules Dualpix HD Webcam. Finally, we did notice a shimmering in dark tones due to a lack of contrast.
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You can improve quality via a few manual adjustments. This product doesnt work miracles, especially at night, although overall rendering is satisfactory. If you spend a lot of time in front of your webcam, look elsewhere. For more infrequent use, it will do the job.
- 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