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High Price, Low Quality,
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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think that the video much more telling than anything I could write. I am very disappointed in the quality of the video this webcam records, and I cannot recommend it - especially given its rather high cost. Give the Logitech Webcam C310 a try instead.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2012 11:36:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2012 11:37:36 AM PST
The color balance of the background scene looks normal to me - the blue tint seems to be coming from the back light of your computer screen and the white page of the word processor from which you're reading your review. In the first and last second of the video you switch programs or something on your screen and the light on your face changes significantly; it only really looks bad while you're reading the script. Perhaps your argument is that sitting in front of a blue-tinted computer monitor is a typical use case for a webcam and that the camera should be designed to make skin tones look good no matter what. However as a photographer my impression from your video is that the camera is accurately recording the color in that scene. Incandescent indoor lighting is yellow and red tinted, fluorescent indoor lighting is green tinted, and computer screens are blue tinted. It's a challenge for any auto white balance system to render a good result with such a mixture of light sources.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 11:59:58 AM PST
Philip R. Heath says:
It is definitely from a blue light on the camera itself. What you see me clicking at the end is the "stop" button on the recording software. The blue light on the camera turns off about 1 second before the recording stops explaining the change in color. I don't have your expertise in photography, but I can say that my Logitech webcam has a smaller green light that doesn't cause anywhere near the color issues.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 3:28:47 PM PDT
Bit of black tape over the blue light would fix it !
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2012 4:45:15 PM PDT
Philip R. Heath says:
Not for the price it doesn't. While it has come down from the original price, it is still too expensive to have such a glaring issue.
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