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Philips sharp and works in the dark
, June 20, 2006
I put one of the very first webcams on the Internet and it is still going strong. So I have used a lot of webcam hardware.
So let us talk about USB webcams and first let me say that you get what you pay for in USB webcams. The more you pay the better the webcam. I hate to say that and would love to tell you that you can walk out and get a $20.00 webcam that is as good as the high priced cameras.
Of the current cameras on the market the 1.3 Megapixels are very good. Look for USB 2.0 cameras.
Now about the Philips Pixel Plus (sells for about $99.00) camera all I can say is that it is the best camera on the market today. It reminds me of the old viCAM (3COM) camera.
The Philips Pixel Plus is 1.3 Megapixels. It has a very sharp lens. It does face tracking and digital zoom.
Philips says the camera works in "near darkness." That is not correct because it works in zero darkness. I could not believe how well it worked in my dark room. I am not sure if the white power LED on the camera is the reason or not.
The mount for the camera I do not like. It says it mounts on any monitor or notebook. Well maybe any LCD monitor. It does not mount on my big 19" monitor.
But I was very surprised that the camera comes with a tripod mount and I use that for mounting the camera.
The software that comes with the camera is not as good as the Logitech software that comes with QuickCam cameras.
The camera has a focus ring and I like that on a camera. The box says that the camera comes with an "extra long" (2.1 m) USB cable. I do not call that extra long.
I rate this Philips with 5 stars. That rating because of the sharp clear video and the fact that the camera works in near darkness. Those are the pros and the cons are the mount and software.
It is an excellent camera. There is still a place for say the QuickCam Fusion. It has a wide angle lens and does OK in low light and the software is better. Because of the wide angle lens it is not as clear and sharp.
So think about what you want.. But I do recommend the Philips Pixel Plus.
This is an update written on 04/18/2009 because I do not think they make the Philips camera any more. Plus there are better webcams now.
The logitech cameras are excellent. I have a QuickCam Pro 9000 and it is excellent. It has Carl Zeiss optics and an auto focus that is great.