… with the conclusion: "Unless your budget doesn’t reach that high … there’s no other reason to consider any other webcam".
Recall the earlier story on Skype’s High Quality Video being a definite winner for Skype. In it I reported on my interview with Jonathan Christensen, Skype’s GM for Audio and Voice, their High Quality Video and his search for a suitable camera that could meet the High Quality Video requirements he had set out to achieve.
They tested out many webcams on the market to see if there was potential to meet this requirement; nothing worked.
Then Logitech provided a demonstration of a prototype QuickCam Pro 9000 while it was still in development; they had finally found a camera that had the potential to deliver the sustained quality and frame rate in a consistent and reliable way.
Well it seems like Jonathan’s team’s persistent search and decision to go with the Logitech has been endorsed by a third party review. Rick Broida at PC Magazine reviewed five recently released webcams and summarizes the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 with this opening paragraph:
An order of magnitude better than any competing webcam, Logitech’s QuickCam Pro 9000 captures stellar video at a variety of resolutions under almost any lighting conditions. It’s light on the bundled software, but what’s there is good. And at $99.99 (direct), it’s priced in line with its main competitors, the Creative Live! Cam Optia AF and the Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000. Unless your budget doesn’t reach that high (in which case the $25 Hercules Deluxe Optical Glass is your only worthwhile alternative) there’s no reason to consider any other webcam.
and gave it a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award.
I have been using both the Pro 9000 and the Pro for Notebooks over the past few weeks and have constantly received positive comments about the video quality, even in situations where the High Quality Video standard cannot be reached due to network conditions and/or the other party’s network PC configuration.
Other posts about High Quality Video:
- High Quality Video: What’s the Benchmark?
- High Quality Video: Definitely a Winner for Skype
- Expanding the High Quality Video Experience and Observations
- To Be Restored: Camera Flexibility for Video Hackers
- Installing a Logitech High Quality Video Camera: The Experience.
Tags: Skype, Logitech, Quickcam Pro 9000, Quickcam Pro for Notebooks, Rick Broida, PC Magazine Editor’s Choice, High Quality Video, Jonathan Christensen
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