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Creative Labs Live! Cam Optia AF 2.0MP Webcam with Autofocus Lens

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  • Autofocus lens for clear, detailed video & images
  • Smooth, vibrant HD video with 2.0 megapixel sensor
  • Voice chat without the background noise
  • Cool video and voice effects plus avatars for more fun in your video chats
  • Excusive parental control software to keep your kids safe

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model Number: VF0560
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Video Capture Resolution: 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: One Year

Product Description

Product Description

Look and sound your very best with the Creative Live! Cam Optia AF. The advanced autofocus lens, quality 2.0 megapixel sensor, and built-in Live! View technology ensure you'll look sharp in bright sunlight or even in a dimly lit room. The adaptive array microphones go beyond normal noise cancellation to give you the clearest voice chat without the background noise or the hassle of being tethered to your computer. Full featured software makes chatting more fun and safer for your kids. And installation is easy-the true Plug and Play install gets you up and running in popular IM programs like Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and AIM before you even install the CD. Other features include still image capture at up to 8.0 MP resolution, high quality auto focus lens, video capture at up to 30 frames per second using USB port, smart face tracking with 4x digital zoom, camera rotation up to 270 degrees with auto image flip and privacy mode, parental controls, and plug and chat.

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy Superior Video Chat with Friends and Family
Always look sharp with autofocus lens

Look sharp no matter how much you move around. Live! Cam Optia AF is the only PC webcam with an autofocus lens, 2.0mp sensor, and Plug and Play functionality. Simply plug the webcam to your PC's USB port and be amazed!

Look Your Best
Whether you're chatting on the web, recording a new video blog, or snapping photos, you'll want to look your best. Creative's Live! View technology automatically selects the best setting for you so that your image always looks sharp and vivid. The Smart Face Tracking feature keeps you in the frame and looking sharp no matter how much you might move around.

Record video to your PC--perfect for posting a video blog, uploading to the Internet, or creating a home movie. You won't look grainy or fuzzy using Live! Cam Optia AF. A high quality 2.0mp (1600x1200) sensor, Live! View technology, and auto tuning give you video quality you may not expect from such a compact webcam.

Sound Your Best
The Live! Cam Optia AF incorporates Creative's superior audio technology by using a set of built-in adaptive array microphones. The dual microphones and Creative's exclusive Live! Audio technology cancels out background noise, so all you hear is pure voice over the Internet.

Have Some Fun with Your Webcam

Live! Doodling, live interaction!
Just like a real doodling board, you can use your mouse as a digital pen and doodle on your video image. Give your friends a big laugh when they see whiskers coming out of your face.

Video Effects from Creative's Advanced Video FX
Change the face of instant messaging! So you've heard all about video effects - the special effects like snowflakes, masks, eye glasses, hairdos, etc. that you add to your video image while chatting online. But wait, what about having a beautiful backdrop behind you like the Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House? Plus, you can morph your image into water ripples, blow bubbles out of your mouth, or simple become invisible. You can do all this with Creative's extensive, free collection of video effects and more.

Exclusive Voice Effects from Creative's Advanced Audio FX
Let them hear you, in so many ways! Don't just doodle and morph your image, do something about your voice! Now with Creative's exclusive Audio FX technology, you can talk like a chipmunk, a robot, or a duck. You can even sound like a 5 year-old kid with squeaky high-pitched voice or an 80 year-old man with quivering low-drone voice. Try it to believe it!

Get Much More....

Exclusive Parental Control
Creative stands by safe online chat! Live! Cam Optia offers exclusive parental control that is not found on any other webcam. You can enable parental control during setup. Simply create a login and password so that the next time someone uses the webcam, it requires your password before streaming live video over the Internet. Parental control, smart face tracking, and other software features require the CD software installation.

Greater viewing flexibility and privacy
Live! Cam Optia AF's multi-axis swivel rotates to almost any viewing angle at up to 270°. Plus, the embedded image sensor detects camera rotation at 90º or above, so that your image is always upright. When you need privacy, simply rotate the camera downward (the lens faces down). This will automatically deactivate the webcam without disconnecting it from your PC.

Smooth video, uninterrupted live chat
Experience smooth, full motion 30 frames per second digital video and top quality images with hi-speed USB 2.0 throughput. Live! Cam Optia is also backward compatible and works with any USB 1.1 connection.

Say goodbye to mounting woes
Live! Cam Optia fits easily to almost anything - notebook displays, CRT monitors and flat panel displays. Or simply let it rest comfortably on a table or other flat surface.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.9 x 3.3 x 8.9 inches
Item Weight 9.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
Item model number VF0560
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #658 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Webcams
Date first available at December 8, 2008

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By Tarun VINE VOICE on April 22, 2009
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
QUICK UPDATE Before you read the review:
The listing states that a Creative headset is is NOT!!!! There was no headset in my box. Come on AMAZON/CREATIVE at-least get the listing right. I would downgrade to 4/5 for that mis-information.

Hello All,
First of all...yes I have received this camera for free under the Vine program at Amazon. However, my review is unbiased and honest. I am comparing this to a Logitech Webcam that I already have.

So it begins. I received the camera this morning and immediately broke it out of the box so I could start using it.
The Camera, simple one page documentation and a CD with software.

The Creative Optia AF has an autofocus lens,
A 2mp (1600x1200)sensor which can take photo's at 8.0 megapixels and video at 2.0 megapixels,
A noise canceling microphone.
****(NOTE: Photo's are taken at 2.0mp and upconverted using the software included with the camera. The pictures are captured at 2.0mp.)

This unit was plugged into a USB port on a dell monitor connected to a MAC pro running OS X version 10.5.6. Also, I am comparing this camera to the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro (Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac (Black)).

There are sample images attached of one camera taking a picture of the other camera in the same lighting conditions.

First things first, I plugged the creative camera into my monitor and it was immediately recognized by MAC OS X. I used photobooth to take pictures from both cameras.
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The overall video quality is comparable to the logitec camera I got for $20

The set up went fine -- follow the instructions, just don't plug and pray...
After set up, the device works well
The video seems a little slower than I would like to see.
It is good to have the indicator light so you know when it is activated.
It is good to have it rotate downwards so that you know it is not pointing at someone.
The backlight compensation worked ok for me.
The autofocus worked ok which may be helpful if you are moving around, but otherwise somewhat distracting.
The audio works OK.

The package did not include the hands-free headset as promised.
The mount did not fit our flat-screen monitor very well as I had to use tape to keep it in position.
The video frame rate seems somewhat slow.
The price point seems high for what you get.

I did not expect much and was not impressed or disappointed.
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I have been using Microsoft LifeCam Show which also is a 2.0 mega pixel high resolution webcam and have been very happy with it. Since Creative Labs has a great reputation in webcams (at least better than Microsoft), I naturally expected better quality from the Live! Optia AF than the LifeCam Show. However, the Live! Optia did not outperform the LifeCam Show.

First of all, the product description here is misled. There is no Creative stereo headset that comes with it. The Live! Optia has a built-in noise cancellation mic and does not need any external mic. The built-in mic works pretty well, and I do not have any complaint about it. Since I normally use a webcam in a silent room, the noise cancellation feature does not attract me much. I did not feel much difference when it is on or off.

For the picture quality, yes, it provides a pretty decent picture, but not the best one I have seen so far. The auto focus feature sounds great, however, I do not have any focus issues with the other web cams I have (I currently have 4 webcams and 2 built-in webcams in notebook computers). You can turn off the auto focus and set the focus manually. By the way, the Live! Optia provides very detailed setting through Creative's Live! Central software. You can adjust anything you can imagine. But the backlight compensation of the Live! Optia was disappointing. We do not use a webcam in a perfect lighting condition, so the ability, like the backlight compensation, is important not to show your dark face to others. The LifeCam Show I used works pretty well for a backlight situation, however, the Live! Optia does not. The Live! Optia has a backlight adjustment control, however, it did not help much, no matter how I set it.

I would give 5 stars for the mount of this webcam.
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I've used this camera daily for almost a month now. I've tried it with the included Creative Live! software as well as surveillance/security software (good for cubicle warfare defense).

I am very happy with the physical appearance of it. The plastic is durable and has a nice finish. You can use the included clip to attach it to your monitor, etc. It does not fit the Dell flat panel line of LCDs. They're too thick and the clip arm doesn't hold well.

The frame rate is not good. I found it get significantly less than 30fps. The picture quality is very good, but the auto focus drives me nuts! It actually zooms in and out slightly to help it focus. It's very distracting.

At this price point I cannot recommend this camera. I really wanted to like it because of the 2MP resolution. Others may find the auto focus/zoom tolerable, but I just can't.
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