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Logitech Quickcam Fusion (961403-0403)
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- High-end webcam
- Wide-angle lens
- Superior video quality
- Super fast interface
- Two year warranty
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QuickCam Fusion also features a built-in microphone with Logitech RightSound technology--to ensure that your audience can hear you as well as they see you. RightSound makes headset-free conversations a reality by canceling unwanted echoes that can occur during video calls. You can talk naturally to your friends and family without tangled wires getting in the way.
- View your subject more clearly. QuickCam Fusion captures twice the resolution of competitive Webcams--a true 1.3 megapixels. Enjoy finer, more accurate details and superior-quality videos and photos, even in low light conditions.
- Don't be left in the dark! RightLight technology, a new imaging system from Logitech, provides superior video performance through the combination of high-performance sensors, state-of-the-art optics, and advanced image-processing technology. You'll see improved low-light performance, clearer images, and more accurate skin tones when compared to other Webcams.
- Have more natural conversations using the built-in mic, featuring Logitech RightSound technology for clear, echo-free audio while remaining completely headset-free.
- Personalize your video experience. QuickCam Fusion includes Logitech Video Effects, with animated 3-D Avatars (which imitate your facial expressions and head movements) and 2-D Face Accessories (which you can apply to your own image to change your look). Logitech Video Effects avatars and face accessories are designed to work seamlessly with popular instant messaging programs for a truly unique experience.
- Be the star of the show. Intelligent Face Tracking keeps your face in the center of the video frame, so you're free to move around. You can even zoom in or out to get the right shot.
- Add live video to your favorite instant messenger. QuickCam Fusion works with MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger, and Windows Messenger.
- Take sharp, true 1.3-megapixel photos, up to 4.0 megapixels when software-enhanced.
- Capture fluid video at the highest frame rates possible. QuickCam Fusion is USB 2.0 high-speed-certified, and can be connected to any Windows-based computer (including USB 1.1 systems).
- IBM or compatible PC
- Windows 2000 or XP
- Pentium P4 1.4 GHz or AMD Athlon processor 1 GHz (Pentium P4 2.4 GHz or better recommended*)
- 128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM recommended*)
- 200 MB free hard drive space
- CD-ROM drive
- 16-bit color display adapter
- Windows-compatible sound card and speakers (full duplex sound card recommended*)
- Available 1.1 or 2.0 USB port (USB 2.0 high speed port required for megapixel image capture*)
- Video capture: up to 640 x 480 pixels
- Still image capture: true 1280 x 960 pixels; up to 4 MP (software enhanced)
- Frame rate: up to 30 frames per second (with recommended system)
- Logitech QuickCam Fusion camera with built-in mic
- Integrated universal monitor mount
- Thin, 6-foot USB cable
- QuickCam Software CD
- Camera setup guide
- Audio setup guide
- Two-year limited warranty
- Live video integrated with MSN Messenger video conversation
- Works with video-enabled Yahoo! Messenger (XP only)
- Live video calls with Windows Messenger (XP only)
- Logitech Video Effects avatars and face accessories software
- Intelligent Face Tracking software
- QuickCapture photos and video software
- One click video e-mail software
Top customer reviews
On the whole the Fusion is a competent perormer. The form factor is a pleasure. It is very compact and looks good. Best of all is the mounting which molds very nicely to support the webcam on a laptop or can be set up to sit atop a monitor or other flat surface. Overall a very well thought out design.
The camera mounted microphone coupled with Logitech's echo-cancelling technology works extremely well. If you've used other webcams, you know that the audio from your speakers is picked up by the webcam mike and repeated to whoever you're chatting with . . . which can drive everyone crazy. The Fusion microphone appears somewhat directional. Since the echo-cancelling feature works only with another Fusion user, my testing was limited to movies recorded on my computer. I was truly surprised by the quality of the audio.
Image quality gets a mixed review. Overall it is good, but the Fusion uses a fixed focus lens. The near-focus point on my Fusion appears to be set just a few inches further back than where I normally sit while at my laptop. Thus the pattern on my shirt is in sharp focus, but my face being closer to the webcam is not. I have found nothing in the manual, online or Logitech site help files addressing this issue. I am attempting to contact Logitech in hopes that my webcam is simply a bit off and needs to be replaced. If this is not the case, then reluctantly the Fusion may be returned. With all the attention given to ergonomics, it is curious that Logitech provides no manual focus and demands that you sit at an uncomfortable distance from the monitor. I have long arms, but would have to sit still further away than I do to keep my face in focus with the Fusion. This is, in my opinion, a serious design defect.
Logitech's customer support is also a drawback: they really don't seem to have anything than a relatively few self-serving FAQs and a user forum that is poorly organized. I am not lowering my rating of the product because of this since I have owned many Logitech products without ever requiring support. But the novice user might find this lack of support to be a major negative. On the other hand, I don't know if any other webcam manufacturer provides better support. Since webcams are essentially commodity items, I kind of doubt it.
Logitech claims the lens is wide coverage and they aren't kidding. For those of you with the need to include more than just yourself in the picture, it's a great feature. You, the significant other and all the kiddies can fit into the frame and wave at the grandparents. The downside is that if you are the grandparent and want to fill the frame with just you, you have to rely on an inconvenient digital zoom function. I've found no keyboard shortcuts for the zoom function. You have to open a separate window and then click for each level of zoom you want. I needed at least three or four to provide just a shot of my head and shoulders. That's a lot of clicking and since it is a digital rather than an optical zoom, you lose some image quality at each step. The image is still good, but I wonder if Logitech didn't go a bit too far in providing wider coverage.
The Logitech software is version 9. Functionally it provides a simpler interface than earlier versions. They've added avatars and what they call digital effects, such as overlaying a crown on your head. It's interesting for perhaps 2 seconds. Kids, however, might like it.
Overall, the Logitech Quickcam Fusion is a solid product. Were it not for the focus issue (which I hope can be successfully resolved), I'd give it 5 stars rather than 4.
NOTE: I've spoken with Logitech tech support (pleasant, informed folks who answer promptly) and confirmed that the Fusion lens is fixed-focus. I also ran some tests of my own and found that I was mistaken. The critical focus is not set improperly. Rather the image is soft throughout. The beneefits of the higher-resolution (1.3 Megapixel) sensor are negated by the wider angle of view of the lens. My final conclusion is that the Fusion is best suited for people who often webcam with two or more people in the field-of-view (i.e., couples with kids chatting with grandparents, etc.) Individuals may find that the wider field-of-view leaves them appearing "too small" in the image. Using the digital zoom will increase the size of the person in the image, but will amplify the generally soft focus.
Overall, given the improvements in the audio and low-light capabilities and the smaller form factor, I think the Fusion is a keeper. But solo webcammers may find that the other Logitech webcams without the wide angle lens and higher resolution sensor may do the job better at a lower cost.
The "attachment" mechanism of the flexible arm works pretty well. It at least gives you the ability to position the webcam just about anywhere, including the top of a laptop screen. The downside is a) it's not clipped on, so if you're attaching it to a laptop that you may want to move around while the camera is attached, it may fall off and b) it's pretty large, so sticking it in a bag to go on travel takes up a fair amount of space - not huge, but enough to be a bit inconvenient. You also have to bend the arm a fair bit to have the camera facing far enough down.
Speaking of travel-worthiness: this camera does quite well with variable lighting conditions, so it's suitable to use in dingy hotel rooms and weirdly-lit office spaces. There is also a shield that covers the lens, but this is more for ensuring privacy (covering the lens to be sure it's not recording - although a blue light on the camera tells you that as well) rather than protection. The shield is quite loosely attached and does not close tightly over the lens. I wish it did, since this would help protect the lens from dust and scratches when it's in a bag. Having said that, luckily the lens is fairly far recessed, so I've not had any problems with this (yet).
The microphone also works quite well and the echo cancellation does its job. It's a real bonus for me since my laptop (like so many others today) doesn't have a built-in microphone anymore, so I only have to attach the webcam and I don't have to fiddle with an extra mic.
If these small issues get resolved in a potential follow-up model, I'd give it 5 stars.
What is worse is the random crashes it causes. I'm not talking about blue screen. I'm talking about consistent random restarts from which you receive a "Windows has recovered from a serious error" message upon startup. The message gives no hint of information as to what is causing it.
I couldn't pin down the culprit until now - when I moved to another part of California, and reformatted my HDs. I intalled it the first time I did this (months ago) and got the restart crash again. I reformatted again and didn't reinstall it. Didn't have the problem. Last night my brother in NCarolina wanted to webcam and I installed it again. My computer autorestarted itself with a serious error recovery twice since then after 3 months of no trouble.
-1 star for the driver incompatibility
-1 star for the restart crash (would take two - but I'm sure its specific to certain PCs - I have a mid-high end Dell Dimension E510 that is less than 1 year old)
This is primarily a heads up for owners who may experience this hard to explain problem in the future.
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