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Creative Live Cam Notebook Pro
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- 1.3 Megapixel
- 640x480 Video Resolution
- Skype Certified
- Works with Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and Windows Messenger
- All you need to video chat on the go
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major cons is not existing autofocus. tiny focus adjusting ring is awkward to operate and at the end you still can't quite put it in sharp focus.
cable is like 1.5 ft long. i guess it's ok for laptop but if you wanna use it for something else - just forget it, clip is also good for laptop screen only and not for anything else.
automatic light adustement is just plain sucks. manual is a bit better but if you have to re-adjusted evry time you wanna use your webcam it becomes pain in the a**.
i have two a4tech cheapper webcams without any third party useless software and with autofocus and they are way better than creative. SHAME ON YOU CREATIVE! i thought you could do better!
The camera can't handle high light (like outdoors or bright indoor light) and it can't handle low light (like just light from the screen). It also has far too little dynamic range, so either the image has to be too dark or the bright parts have to wash out. The automatic exposure and white balance ends up with wildly different and ridiculous settings on different occasions for no apparent reason whatsoever. The video displays a lot of blocky artifacts, as if it's highly compressed, probably because despite mentioning USB 2 it is not a high speed device. It was able to get a good image sometimes, like when there's a stationary scene with uniform subdued lighting, but performance is generally unacceptable.
My favourite thing about the cam was its impressively small size. I also liked VideoFX although it had incompatibility issues and the effects where I'm supposed to appear in front of a different background didn't work.
Overall, this webcam is so horrible that it's not even worth it when steeply discounted, and it seriously hurts my perception of the Creative Labs brand.
On the downside, wish it was auto focus, but manual focus probably has some advantages that I'll figure out along the way.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The main reason I went with Creative rather than Logitech or Microsoft is that my company owned work computer does not have SP2 (and the network administrator will not allow it to be installed) which appears to be required for all Logitech and Microsoft cams.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the only good thing about this product is the price. the pic quality is so unbelievably bad and the clip is so small and hard 2 stabilize. just not worth it. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Yadid Luria
Real nice laptop webcam... Got this for a real good nice deal... I have been using this for more than an year... Completely satisfied... Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by ritusmart
Great picture for the money. I like the smart face tracking and the powergrip keeps it secure on the laptop.Published on January 27, 2008 by GreatStuffNow
Just got this new cam the other day, had to replace my old GE cam, not compatible with Vista :( . - And what a difference it makes!!! Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by Kayfair