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FreeTalk Conference HD Camera for Skype Ready Panasonic TVs and BluRays (TALK-7181)

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  • Requirements Compatible with the following Panasonic TV models: P*ZT30, P*VT30, P*GT30, P*ST30, P*VT30X, P*ST30X, L*DT30, L*D30 and L*D30X.
  • In the Box Freetalk HD TV camera for Panasonic TVs Quick Start Guide
  • Specifications: Cable length: 180 cm Resolution: Up to 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) Frame rate: 22 fps at HD 720p, 30 fps with h.264 at WVGA
  • Approximate Dimensions: Height: 45.0 mm Approximate Weight: Unit: .49 lbs
  • Compatible with the following Blu Disc players models: DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110.
  • Compatible with the following BLU-RAY 3D home theatre systems models: SC-BTT770 and SC-BTT370.
  • Microphone: 4 unidirectional Audio frequency: 100 to 10 KHz within +/- 10 db
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9 x 1.8 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004SGQSF8
  • Item model number: TALK-7181
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 31, 2011

Product Description

FREETALK Conference HD Camera For Panasonic TV's, Model FREETALK Widescreen video calls from your Panasonic TV. Meet the FREETALK TV Camera for Panasonic, which transforms your Panasonic high-definition TV (Skype Ready Models only) into an ultra cool videophone for your living room. Features: Skype certified Video call more than 500 million registered people on Skype worldwide for free. Mac and PC compatible Works just as well with Macs and PCs Advanced microphone technology Amazing four-microphone array that eliminates background noise and echo. Optimized for conference calls Great for your desktop, conference or living room, featuring beam-forming microphones and autofocus wide-angle lens.

Customer Reviews

Do not buy until someone in the real world announces a solution and a few brave souls verify it.
Jerome Sirmans
It is accepted by the TV right away and we could make international video calls for which the party liked the sharp picture and great sound quality.
Amazon Customer
Do not purchase this camera if you intend to Skype through the smart tv function on a Panasonic blu ray player.
Matt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Hello, I had the same problem with this webcam, I called Panasonic Technical Support, and they told me to download a firmware update in my computer, connect the FreeTalk Conference HD Camera USB cable to my computer, and run such update.
I connected the Freetalk camera to my Blu Ray player (Panasonic DMP-BDT310), and it is working perfectly. I made video call on Skype, the video as well as the audio are great.

For whoever wants to give it a try, here is the webpage:
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On the right bottom you will see the download option, click on it and download the [Update your firmware(Size: 480 KB)] to your computer, connect the camera through the USB cable to your computer and run it, it will update your lates and the firmware your camera needs to run on you Blu Ray Player.

It is very likely that, while downloading the file, a Microsoft Firewall will tell you that this file has no certification and can be harmful to your computer, I downloaded it anyway and it upgraded the software in the camera as the Panasonic Technical Support representative told me. It is entirely up to you to do it, the thing I can tell you is that it does the job and I have the web camera working properly.

Enjoy your camera!

Have an awesome day,

Eduardo

Hi again, I received an email from Technical Support, here is what you need to do:

Thank you for contacting us. Please follow these steps to enjoy your TALK-7181 and TALK-7182 FREETALK Conference HD camera. Please ensure to update your camera to the latest Firmware Version 2703 so that you may enjoy video calls.

Step 1

Use a Windows XP or Windows 7 PC.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. Rosenheim on January 26, 2012
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I bought a DMP-BDT215 blu-ray player because it was guaranteed skype compatible (with the panasonic camera). The panasonic camera is no longer available, but panasonic told me to get the Freetalk 7181 because it's the same camera and guaranteed to work. I bought it, but it does not work. Panasonic 'tech support' said "It's a known issue" and told me to call back to get my case escalated. I called back, twice, and got hung up on once and just randomly sent to some voicemail (message was "I'm not home, so please leave a message"?????). Panasonic website still advertises these players are skype certified, when in fact they are not. I have ascertained that prior to a firmware upgrade these players did work with this camera, but since the upgrade they do not. When is panasonic and freetalk going to stop this false advertising and actually support their products?

Panasonic online tech support chat says "It's a known issue" and urged me to call back to get case escalated.

Panasonic telephone tech support (finally) said they will escalate but the reason it doesn't work is the camera is a "bad batch". Really?

freetalk 'support' says they only want me to reply to tell them the camera works. It does not work. So, does this mean I should just go away now or what?

So, how do I get skype on my tv?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 21, 2011
Purchased this camera for use with Panasonic Blu Ray Player BDT110 and only audio is picked up when using with Skype program. Do not purchase this camera if you intend to Skype through the smart tv function on a Panasonic blu ray player.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Smith on January 12, 2012
I purchased the Freetalk TALK-7181 and connected to my Blu Ray player (Panasonic DMP-BDT310) running the latest firmware 1.70.

Like many other people on the Skype support page, I then realized I'd been ripped off. (Although Skype works and one can log in and hear audio, there is no video).
The camera cannot function for what it is sold to do, act as an HD webcam for a Panasonic BDT-310 and compatible Panasonic models including TV's.

On complaining to the manufacturer one then gets the 'pass the buck' scenario of Freetalk saying it's Skype's fault and Skype blaming Freetalk.
This is unacceptable because the product is advertised by Freetalk as 'Skype Certified' when it clearly is not.

Do not buy the TALK-7181 model if you have a Panasonic Blu Ray player with Skype function.
It makes you wonder why there is a TALK-7182 model......doesn't it?

NB: I bought this elsewhere, not Amazon. Just giving feedback for other people so they don't waste their dollars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jk on August 10, 2012
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Purchased a used "open box" "like new" camera at a pretty good discount.
Got it to work with latest camera 7182 firmware downloaded from the from FreeTalk website.
- In Win7, connected the 7181 camera to a USB port (it was recognized) and ran the 7182 firmware updated program, "update_your_firmware.exe". Yes, it appears that the 7182 firmware program can update the older 7181 camera.
- Then connected the camera to Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu Ray player running the latest panasonic updates as of August 2012.
- I also purchased a 6 foot USB male to female extension cable, as the camera cable is only about 4-5 feet long, but for my situation I needed a longer cable.

Works fine for what I paid!
- not sure if auto focus works... still experimenting...
- also seems to ok work with ambient light... a little dark but it works!
- the microphone picks up sound very well from 10 feet back.

Over all I am very happy.
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