Webcams are great, they enable face to face communication over the Internet and are very popular for use with instant message software like the MSN, Yahoo and AOL instant message software. A webcam basically films what you are doing and broadcasts it live to the Internet, you choose who sees the film though as you have to give access to people who want to see you. So if you have a friend who also has a webcam then you can have what seems like a proper conversation, most webcams have a microphone so chatting is easy. The sound comes though your computer speakers with the image being on your computer monitor, you can alter the size of the window you are viewing depending on the quality of the video being received. There are many manufacturers that offer webcams and they include Logitech, Creative, Sony, Microsoft, Mustek, Philips, D-Link, Trust, Linksys and many others.
The quality of video that the webcam produces is an important aspect to look for, this is called the resolution and is stated like 640×480. The higher the resolution the higher the quality of video the webcam will produce, as the video that webcams produce will normally be in a small window the resolutions are not normally that high but it’s better to get one with a higher resolution as it will still look better.
There are also lots of cool features that some webcams have, these include the ability to make live video calls, set up a live video monitoring system and much more. Some webcams also have a digital zoom, this means that you can zoom in when using the webcam to show items in better detail. Some webcams also have a clip that attaches to the monitor, these are great as you can aim them so that the camera is always pointing where you require and it also means that the webcam will be steady and not move or fall without you noticing.
Some webcams also double as a digital camera, this means that you can use the webcam to take photos and store them on your PC or send them to friends using the instant message software. Having a digital camera is a nice addition to the webcam, the quality of the camera is not usually as good as that found in proper digital cameras but they are usually quite good.
webcams are easy to set up, they usually have a USB adaptor which you simply plug into your computer. All you have to do then is place the webcam where you wish using the clip or base provided and then run the installation program, this normally comes on an enclosed CD.
So there are a few things to consider when buying a webcam, compatibility with Yahoo. MSN and AOL instant message software is important but most web cams are capable of this. The image resolution is important as are the other features that come with the webcam, a microphone is nearly always included and provides audio communication. If you are looking for a cheap webcam then there are lots of basic models available, lots of the shops also have cheap special offers running on a regular basis so finding a cheap webcam should not be too hard. There are lots of brands that make webcams and they include Logitech, D-Link, Philips, Mustek, Creative, Trust, Microsoft, Sony, Linksys and many others.
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