Logitech Quick Cam Pro for Notebooks ReviewPropane - September 18, 2007
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The testing of this webcam was performed by simply using it and then getting people's reactions, as well as taking multiple pictures of a standard item to see the quality differences. The QuickCam Pro software was installed on the PC and the comparison images taken were from the Photo Booth (and compared to the iSight on the MacBook Pro).
Testing Setup (PC):
- Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard
- 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
- eVga 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
- GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
- Western Digital 74GB Raptor
- Western Digital 500GB Caviar
- Sony Optical Drive
- Antec Sonata II Mid tower Case
- Windows XP Professional
- Logitech wireless Mouse
Testing Setup (MacBook Pro):
- 15" MacBook Pro (June 2007)
- 2GB Ram
- Glossy Screen
To start the PC testing, I took images of a flag at all resolutions available. Below are the sample images that I took (from 1.3 to 4 megapixels - 8 megapixles was too large for the site mechanics). As can be seen, quality seems to go up from 1.3 to 2, but then the image, while getting larger, just seems to be getting grainier. This is probably due to the fact that the camera has only a 2MP sensor, meaning anything above that is going to be interpolated, or not actual data captured by the camera.
Not wanting to only compare the QuickCam Pro to itself, I also fired up the iSight on my Mac. Although there was no software installed, the Mac picked up that there was a camera and set it to be used as the default inside of Photo Booth. I took image captures at the default settings since I was unable to alter the settings on the Mac. As can be seen, the image quality of the QuickCam Pro is a lot better. Colors are more vibrant and video is smoother. This lays waste to the built-in competition without looking back. The first one is the QuickCam and the second is the iSight. The flash from the Mac's software hurt the image quality a little on both pictures, but they are still pretty good representatives of the type of quality you would get out of them.
A few things that are worthy of mention, although cannot be backed up with images, are the length of the USB cable and what other users thought of the quality. The USB cable is very short, measuring in at three feet. To use this with my desktop PC, I had to get an extension cord as the cam would barely reach my desk, let alone my monitor. When I used the cam to talk to people on MSN Messenger, I only recieved good words about how well the image came though and how well the sound also came though. However, when I used the iSight, people mentioned that it looked "duller" than the QuickCam Pro. Also, not all of the QuickCam Toolbar's features were available to me to use, most notably the video effects. I was able to browse Logitech's collection of faces, avatars and effects, but none of them would ever let me apply them.