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Creative WebCam Live! VF0050 - Creative WebCam Live! makes your instant messaging come alive with high quality video and audio. Designed with a high quality VGA (640x480) resolution CMOS sensor, the Creative WebCam Live! provides superior video quality and sharp still pictures at 1024x768 resolutions (enhanced through interpolation). Enjoy voice and sound capture clarity through the external microphone which is uniquely designed. Besides flat surfaces, the flexible and versatile three-way base allows Creative WebCam Live! to fit snugly atop monitors, flat panel displays and notebooks. With a handy snapshot button located at the tip of the Creative WebCam Live!, just click to take photos instantly. To top it all off, Creative WebCam Live! comes bundled with 3 exciting and easy-to-use software products that include useful features like turning instant snapshots into multimedia post cards, remote capturing and monitoring, motion detection and much more. Auto Exposure/ White Balance/ Color Control Multi-functional base Store videos in AVI Format Store Digital Photos in JPEG and BMP Formats. Maximum still image resolution at 1024x768 (software enhanced) Includes USB cable REQUIREMENTS - Intel Pentium II or AMD Athlon processor running at 266MHz or higher; Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP; at least 64MB RAM and 100MB free disk space (excluding third party software installation); CD-ROM drive and USB port; Display adapter capable of 16-bit color
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This is the third Creative Labs webcam I have bought. Compared to the previous ones (a first generation webcam and a more recent Pro eX), this one produces better pictures - brighter and better color rendering. It works well in low light environment. So as far as performance is concerned, I am pretty happy. However, if you're looking for a webcam that can be SECURELY mounted on your laptop, this one is definitely not for you. This webcam does NOT have a clip or a snap-on mechanism. It does allow you to put the webcam on laptop computer's display panel without falling off if the computer is on a leveled surface without any kind of movement. Even that is little bit shaky if the dispaly panel is thin (like my Dell Inspiron 700m). I give this webcam a 4 star instead of 5 mainly for this reason.
A note about installation (Windows XP with SP2):
This is not a big deal but I thought I would just share with everyone in case someone gets confused. Like other Creaive Labs stuff I have bought before (webcams and MP3 player), the installation procedure in the manual doesn't quite match what you actually experience. The manual indicates after you finish installing the software (drivers and apps), then you plug in the webcam and Windows will discover the hardware and you go from there. In reality,you will be asked to plug in the webcam before you finish the software installation and you never go through the Windows hardware discovery process.
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