Why settle for text when you can express yourself in living color? Send video e-mail, participate in video conferences, take pictures, and make videos with the inexpensive, easy-to-install QuickCam Pro PC video camera.
The first thing we noticed when we took the QuickCam out of the box is that it is small and sturdy. Setting up the QuickCam was very easy--we just dropped in the software CD-ROM, followed the setup wizard, and then connected the QuickCam to our PC's parallel and keyboard ports. (Make sure you follow the directions in order.) We restarted the computer, clicked the QuickCam icon, and there we were, on screen, in beautiful 24-bit color.
In our test, we created still shots and digital home videos. The camera adjusted itself surprisingly accurately and quickly for a variety of conditions. It focused down to just a few inches and compensated for lighting changes, from dim indoor shadows to sunlight through a window.
We used the QuickCam software to organize our still shots and videos and to prepare them for e-mail transfer. The software took an AVI video clip lasting 105 seconds (80.7 MB), converted it to RealMedia (RM) format, and inserted it into an e-mail message as an attachment occupying only 1.89 MB. The conversion process took about 90 seconds, and although it introduced some expected graininess and compression artifacts, we were still very impressed with the resulting quality.