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« on: December 15, 2004, 12:38:24 AM »

I'm leaving town for a few weeks in January and want to use a webcam/VoIP to keep in touch with my girlfriend while I'm gone.  I was in Best Buy the other day, and they have 7-8 varieties of webcam.  

We don't need anything super fancy.  However, I wasn't sure if there was a particular feature that is a must-have.  Does anybody have experience with this?  What would you recommend that we get?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004, 12:49:23 AM »

Two 15" Apple PowerBooks with iSights.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2004, 03:03:50 AM »

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Two 15" Apple PowerBooks with iSights.


  biggrin

Yeah, let met just toss out a spare $3000.  Do the iSights work with PCs?
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2004, 06:47:58 AM »

I like that Logitech one that runs about $80. I want that one. Its really clear and fast and comes with a shade to pull down over the lens so those people that hack into cams cant see when ya dont want them to.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2004, 08:34:03 AM »

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I like that Logitech one that runs about $80. I want that one. Its really clear and fast and comes with a shade to pull down over the lens so those people that hack into cams cant see when ya dont want them to.


Or you could just turn it off...  :roll:
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2004, 09:03:52 AM »

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I'm leaving town for a few weeks in January and want to use a webcam/VoIP to keep in touch with my girlfriend while I'm gone.  I was in Best Buy the other day, and they have 7-8 varieties of webcam.  

We don't need anything super fancy.  However, I wasn't sure if there was a particular feature that is a must-have.  Does anybody have experience with this?  What would you recommend that we get?
I tried doing the exact same thing a couple weeks back when I was in training in San Francisco for a week. But I just used two old, old usb based webcams.  One was a USB based vista imaging ViCam1 that I picked up around 1998, and the other was the little usb webcam from my old Lego Mindstorms toy.  Using the two of those defenitely had a fair amount of lag but it did make for a few fun times while I was gone. So I'd recommend trying it out.  We did seem to get better results from the video chat in MSN than we did from AIM

If you do get some of those new cameras - Let me know how good they worked - maybe it's time I upgraded.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2004, 10:54:48 AM »

The iSight does work with Windows. It's an excellent cam. It is firewire though, so if you don't have a port on board (or with a soundcard) you're looking at anouther $20 or so for a card.
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2004, 12:41:55 PM »

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The iSight does work with Windows. It's an excellent cam. It is firewire though, so if you don't have a port on board (or with a soundcard) you're looking at anouther $20 or so for a card.


They're a little steep, pricewise, too.  Damn Apple!  I love their stuff but I just cannot afford it.  I'll have to go take another look at Best Buy.  

I'm convince that Best Buy doesn't even try to sell their low end products.  In fact, they would rather that you just left the store than buy a $600 digital camera.
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2004, 04:50:58 PM »

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I like that Logitech one that runs about $80. I want that one. Its really clear and fast and comes with a shade to pull down over the lens so those people that hack into cams cant see when ya dont want them to.


Or you could just turn it off...  :roll:


Thats what I mean by hacking into it. They turn on webcams that you supposedly have off and see whats going on in your room...hence thenew cams coming with a blinder.
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2004, 05:47:23 PM »

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I like that Logitech one that runs about $80. I want that one. Its really clear and fast and comes with a shade to pull down over the lens so those people that hack into cams cant see when ya dont want them to.


Or you could just turn it off...  :roll:


Thats what I mean by hacking into it. They turn on webcams that you supposedly have off and see whats going on in your room...hence thenew cams coming with a blinder.


If they are taking control of your computer I would think the webcam is the least of your worries.
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2004, 06:00:13 PM »

Price will of course be a limiting factor, but remember that Firewire cams (or USB2 ones that really *use* USB2) will have image quality head and shoulders above the USB ones. Not sure how important that is to you. Generally, Firewire ones are capable of 320x240 (or even 640x480) @ 30fps, while the sub-$100 USB market, as much as I've seen, caps out around a (rather pixellated) 320x240 at 15fps or so.
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2004, 07:07:42 PM »

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Price will of course be a limiting factor, but remember that Firewire cams (or USB2 ones that really *use* USB2) will have image quality head and shoulders above the USB ones. Not sure how important that is to you. Generally, Firewire ones are capable of 320x240 (or even 640x480) @ 30fps, while the sub-$100 USB market, as much as I've seen, caps out around a (rather pixellated) 320x240 at 15fps or so.


That's good to know.  I'll probably be able to use it during the summer, too, so maybe it's worth laying out a little more money.
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2004, 07:23:23 PM »

Don't webcams have to involve amateur porn be default? Sort of like an unwritten rule of the internet.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2004, 07:28:40 PM »

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I like that Logitech one that runs about $80. I want that one. Its really clear and fast and comes with a shade to pull down over the lens so those people that hack into cams cant see when ya dont want them to.


Or you could just turn it off...  :roll:


Thats what I mean by hacking into it. They turn on webcams that you supposedly have off and see whats going on in your room...hence thenew cams coming with a blinder.


Call me crazy, but why not just UNPLUG THE WEBCAM??!?!?

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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2004, 04:33:54 AM »

You all work too hard for webcam security.  Throw a stinky t-shirt or something over it
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