- 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
Hercules Dualpix Exchange
Why isnt the focus automatic? Its quite unfortunate that we have to reach out and adjust this parameter for a sharp image. Weve seen more practical.
However, we point out that this something which doesnt have to be done with each use.
Hercules is back on the webcam market with the Dualpix Exchange, which is based on the same design and attachment system as the decent-quality Dualpix HD. In addition, it is even more simple to install – all you have to do is connect it – and less expensive, too. So, is it just as good as the Dualpix HD?
The biggest innovation comes during installation because the Dualpix Exchange doesn’t require any software installation to function with instant messaging (it comes with the USB 2.0 Video Class interface). This means this webcam is almost instantly usable in 30 seconds. There is also a 2 megapixel sensor, a 3x zoom, and face tracking, which is supposed to provide precise framing. By the way, it’s too bad there is no autofocus. You will have to do this yourself with the Exchange’s dial. Let’s see how this new Hercules fares in tests.
A very satisfactory image during the day and at night
Let’s start with fluidity. Though this was a little lacking on the Dualpix HD (although not really a problem), there is now great fluidity during sequences. We don’t pass the time gesticulating wildly in front of our webcam, but certain products have real problems even with slight movements. This one didn't. Also, face tracking works well, and we didn’t notice any delay. When the subject moves, he is immediately centered.
Sharpness was good and colors rendered well even if they weren’t as warm as we would have liked. At night in low lighting the image is still good. In standard settings, there seems to be a little overexposure and we preferred to play with adjustments to have a slightly darker image.
|Hercules Dualpix Exchange|
| || |
For less than $40, it doesnt seem possible to find a more precise, reactive and practical product. Its biggest downside is the absence of an autofocus feature.
- 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