Creative WebCam Live! Motion

by Keith

Creative WebCam

Almost everyone owns a web cam nowadays. However, how far have the technology of web cam progressed? Creative Technology has the answer to you, introducing the revolutionary WebCam Live! Motion, which moves as you move!

Equipped with an automatic pan and tilt for an amazingly wide 200° horizontal and 105° vertical view. Together with its advanced CCD image sensor (instead of older CMOS versions) and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed certification, it captures super sharp and detailed images. So you get the perfect video every time.

Designed with a classy and refined surface, this Creative web cam, however does not come cheap, despite coated with a simple plastic surface. It is available in both gray and white, with a silver Creative logo engraved at the side, circled by an attractive blue ring, when powered on with a USB source. The adjustable multi-attach base allows the web cam to be mounted on various surfaces, even on uneven contours of a LCD monitor. However, it is found that one of the drawback of the camera is that the USB cable is not long enough.

Specifications:

  • 200° pan and 105° tilt view with ultra wide-angle lens
  • 76° ultra wide-angle lens
  • Ultra smooth mechanical motor for pan and tilt functions
  • 640 x 480 CCD sensor
  • 640 x 480 video at 30 frames per second
  • 1.3 Megapixels photos (software enhanced)
  • Certified high-speed USB 2.0 (fully compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Creative Smart Face-Tracking with 4X digital zoom
  • Hands-free headset for clear VoIP
  • Includes SightSpeed™ for high quality video calls

The internal circuitry of the 1.3-Megapixel CCD sensor camera are deliberately left visible underneath protective plastic. And as the name suggests, the camera actually moves, unlike conventional static web cam, motorized by a small engine, the web cam is capable of panning and tilting, in addition to 4x digital zooming. Packaged with a software tool, it allows image captured of resolution up to 1920 x 720 panoramic shot.

The Creative WebCam Live! Motion also has a remote monitoring function, which allows capturing still images over a period of time, and upload images to a server, via FTP. It too has motion-detection capability, capturing motion pictures at 30 frames per second.

Priced at US$149, the web cam does seems a little dear compared to others. Nonetheless, it is compensated by some exquisite and expensive functionalities, and stylish finishing on the surface.

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