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4.0 out of 5 stars Feature-Rich and Very Good Picture for the Price, November 17, 2010
This review is from: Logitech HD Webcam C310 (Personal Computers)
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As with most electronics, you couldn't have bought a camera with the features and overall picture quality of Logitech 310 for under $50 a few years ago. Technology (and the competition) have come a long way, and the blurred motion, "off" colors, poor resolution, and other visual aberrations which you may remember have been replaced by a consistently good picture. You're not getting perfection for this low price (even the "high def." resolution wasn't as sharp as I was expecting), but the optics will not disappoint. You might consider as well that--if you're using this with Yahoo, Skype or some other "instant messaging" freeware--the window in which the picture appears isn't that large anyway: It's not like you're going to make frameable prints from the Logitech images.

Set-up was extremely easy and fast, and the basic controls (if not the manual itself) are quickly learned. They'll seem almost intuitive to anyone who's worked with even the simplest image software (e.g., Google's Picasa). The image controls can be adjusted(very easily) manually (this is very easy and give you more control and precision) or you can set it to automatic--which does a serviceable job. (Obviously, I recommend manual adjustment, but if that seems too difficult you'll be OK with the camera doing all the work). To me, image adjustment is the most important "feature" of a webcam, because the camera needs to adapt to various computers and environments (e.g., very bright background light). Of course, you can adjust how bright or sharp the image appears (although the latter is the setting that seemed to didn't seem to make much difference), but you have the following controls as well: Contrast, hue, saturation, gamma, white balance, and backlight compensation.

You can pan vertically and horizontally, zoom, add noise reduction, and adjust the microphone volume (voices are quite clear). Of course, if you're so inclined, you can also insert a frame around your face, or a black bar across your eyes (i know, you always wanted to look like an informant), add an "avatar" (for example, you can select the teddy bear--it will take up most of the picture, while you're in miniature in the lower right hand corner--great if you just got out of bed), or place yourself against various backdrops (for example, your image is superimposed on a Viking ship, complete with headgear, and there's the almost obligatory Elvis option too).

Yeah, it's a bit much at times, perhaps geared more towards younger users who, I think, will have fun with these unnecessary but innocuous bells and whistles. Heavy users might also appreciate its capability to send text messages, record and send video messages, and invite people form your email contact list (although you agree to give up some privacy in doing so).

The major flaw is how Logitech designed the camera to fit on your computer. There's no clamp, just a 90 degree hinge that lets you hook part of the camera over the top of your monitor, with one arm of the hinge resting against the back of your laptop's monitor. While it shouldn't knock loose, you can't swivel it in any direction, and instead must use either the panning feature, tilt your monitor back and forth, and/or slide the camera across the top.

Bottom line: I recommend the Logitech camera for it's surprisingly good picture, absence of any real drawbacks, and range of picture adjustments. (By the way, the picture quality is better than some of the video reviews here might suggest, although Bob Harmon's seems like a good representation). There's plenty of competition though (and alternative even within Logitech), so think about how often you'll use it and what features are most desirable. Overall, this suits my needs very well.
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