Webcam – An Overview

I have an outstanding Hewlett Packard laptop with Vista Home Premium 32 bit operating system that is barely three years old that started showing monitor or screen problems. After many trials, blood, sweat and tears, the problem turned out to be a worn out LCD cable from all the years of daily opening and closing. I ordered a new one, replaced it and everything is good as new. Well, almost good as new.

Everything worked perfectly except the webcam. Nothing seemed to correct the integrated webcam issue so I decided to buy an external USB webcam. There are as many webcam choices as there are choices of new automobiles. Making a decision on a webcam became a small project. Webcams range in price from ten dollars to several thousand dollars.

Lower cost cams tend to have standard definition and lower resolution than the higher priced cams. While the lower cost cams offer a decent picture, the ability to make picture or video larger is not an option with the lower resolution capabilities of these cams. Mid priced cams offer better definition and resolution for the price change and the higher priced cams offer high definition and 1080p resolution.

When comparing the quality of video and photo between the different priced cams there is a very noticeable difference in quality. High definition looks almost perfect compared to the lower priced standard definition cams. However, the price gaps varies just as much. My favorite Logitech HD webcam has 1080p resolution and offers so many other options as well as programs that are included on Disc. It has an average cost of $90.

After careful consideration of how little I use a webcam free laptop, I actually bought a standard definition webcam. I made this purchase at a well known electronics supply chain for the low price of $10. This cam has a good picture and makes a reasonable clear video and priced really well. This webcam will sit on a desktop or will sit on top of a pc monitor and has no drivers or software to install. Just plug and play.