Logitech HD C310 720p Webcam Review

I’ve never really had a good quality webcam before, most of them were way too grainy and only supported tiny video resolutions. So when I saw the Logitech HD C310 720p webcam for only $46, I had to buy it.

Logitech has 2 different value-level 720p webcams; the HD C310 with 720p at 15 frames per second, with 5 megapixels for about $46 USD, and another one with 8 megapixels, 720p at 15 frames per second. They also have a 1080p webcam, but the framerate is so low that I knew I would not like it. So I went with the HD C310, just for the price.

The HD C310 is only 5 megapixels, so there’s a small amount of noticeable noise on the video produced by the HD C310, but it still has amazing quality, being 720p and 15 frames per second, especially for only $46 USD. The recording software allows you to record at smaller video sizes (both standard and widescreen) at higher framerates. The overall video quality is perfect for video chat, YouTube videos, Facebook photos, or just about anything!

The HD C310 webcam connects to your PC or Mac via USB 2.0, and has a perfect size cable so that it is sure to reach from your computer to your monitor. The webcam looks very sleek and nice on any monitor. The HD C310 has a clip set up on it so it will fit comfortably on top of your flat screen monitor or TV and allows you to adjust the angle without the risk of falling.

The Logitech Webcam Software that comes with the HD C310 is very nice as well, the software is quick and easy to install and automatically updates for you. The LWS allows you to capture video clips or photos or view the ones you’ve already taken. There are plenty of goofy effects for the videos or photos included as well. Logitech also provides you with their own video chat program, simply named Logitech HD. Unlike most software, there’s really no pressure into using Logitech’s chat program, and you can disable it easily.

Overall, the HD C310 is the perfect webcam for anyone looking to record HD webcam videos without burning a hole in their wallet. It has amazing quality, great software and support, and is just simple and easy to use. I’d definitely recommend anyone looking to upgrade their webcam to check into this one!

Using The Digital Camera As Your Webcam

Many of you who own digital cameras may not be fully aware that apart from capturing images, the device can also serve another purpose. Did you know that a digital camera can also be used as a web cam? Yes, it is possible.

Unlike when using the digital camera that stores only the images you capture, utilizing it as a webcam allows other people including friends and family members to see you on real time via the internet. They make communicating online more personal. With a webcam, you can do video chat, video conferencing and even broadcast events live on the internet.

The first step you have to do is check the manual of your camera. Read carefully if it says that the unit can be used as a webcam. If your device has this functionality, it should come with a webcam software.

Most cameras with this feature need to be plugged into its power adapter before it can be used as a webcam. This is a better option to save your batteries. Utilizing the A/C power will also prevent your camera from shutting off while you’re using the device.

The next step is to attach the video cable into the “out” port of your digital camera. This is the cable used to connect to a video source. The other end of it should be connected to the “in” port of your video card’s video. Most digital cameras should have this cable to be able to connect the device to your TV.

Another option is to connect your digital camera through the USB port using an AV to USB converter cable. Just be sure that you install all the necessary drivers into your computer to make your camera function properly.

When positioning your digital camera, place it as close to your monitor as much as possible. This will allow you to better see your image on the computer and to let the other person you’re communicating with see you clearly as well.

Distance yourself about two to three feet away from your camera. This will make you clearer when the other person online sees you. Most digital cameras focus clearly at a distance when they’re used as a webcam.

From there, do a test of your digital camera’s microphone and video image. Turn your device on and put it on video mode. If no sound is transmitted, the best you can do is use a separate microphone. Make sure to plug the mic to the microphone jack of your sound card. When video and sound quality is okay, you can proceed with video chatting on the internet.

Use a headset to hear the sound quality and to speak with the other person if the headset has a mic attached to it. Or you can use your speakers as well if you don’t want to be bothered with a headset.

So that’s the magic of a digital camera. It serves dual purpose for you and your family. What more can you ask for and with the holidays approaching, this can make a great gift to your loved ones.

Make 3D Video With a 3D Webcam For Posting at Your Website Or YouTube

The success of the 3D movie “Avatar” has aroused the immense interests in 3D movie and videos. Also, the 3D TV was a new category of consumer product that attracted great attention during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. We can expect to see more and more 3D movies in the future, but will we see the same 2D to 3D migration for the web videos such as the YouTube videos? That will depend on how easy it is to make 3D video.

3D video adds excitement to the web video. If you shoot a video to promote a product that is three dimensional, the 3D video will be far more superior than the 2D video to let the viewer grasp the details of the product. If you are shooting a music video, the viewer will feel the excitement and energy as they see the singer jumping out of the screen and reaching out to them!

The 3D video camera needs to record two separate video streams simultaneously at a slightly different angle. It simulates the images captured by our left and right eyes which also see things at a slightly different angle. Our brain combines these two images and creates the 3D world we see everyday. This is called stereoscopic vision.

These two video streams are coded with the opposite colors such as red and cyan. When the viewer wears the red and cyan 3D viewing glass, one eye sees the “red” video stream and the other eye the “cyan” stream. Since these two streams are recorded at different angle just like our two eyes, our brain automatically combines them and creates the 3D perception.

The 3D movies are made with 3D movie camera which is very expensive and is out of reach of the ordinary consumer. But now, there are inexpensive 3D webcams in the market and they are in the price range from $70 to $200. They also have 2 camera lenses. They are connected to the USB port of a PC and records two streams of video. The bundled software allows you to use only one stream as the conventional 2D video, or it codes these two streams as “red” and “cyan” and combines them as a 3D video. The viewer needs to wear the commonly available red and cyan 3D view glass to see the 3D effect. It is very easy to make 3D video with the 3D webcam.

The resulted 3D video can be uploaded to your website or to YouTube. They can also work with Skype, MSN, and etc for video conferencing. The bundled 3D software works with PC today and MAC version should be available soon.