Review: Creative Live! Cam Connect HD
OverviewType: Accessories, Computers & Office
Pros:1280 x 720 video resolution, 8mp camera (software enhanced), works on windows & mac, noise-canceling microphone
Cons:Video quality, Software only works on windows
Creative Live! Cam Connect HD includes the robust Live! Central 3 software suite, which provides advanced video and audio effects
The Creative Live! Cam Connect HD includes the robust Live! Central 3 software suite, which provides advanced video and audio effects, avatar creation, movie creation, desktop sharing features and remote monitoring capabilities from a phone or PC.
Creative Live! Cam Connect HD Technical Specifications
- 720p HD sensor
- 1280 x 720 video resolution
- 8 megapixel picture resolution*
- 30 fps frame rate @ 720p quality
- Auto focus liquid crystal lens
- Integrated noise-canceling microphone
- Plug & chat with Windows, Mac OS X 10.5 and Linux 2.6
- Snapshot button
Over the pass few weeks of testing, i was a bit disappointed in the video quality. Recorded at 1280-by-720 in H.264 mode i found that the video quality had a noisy/grainy background and some times pixelated around my face. The auto-focus did work well but sometimes a bit over the top.
Software side of things was not too bad, i like the fancy features like visual effects and voice affects, plus the ability to edit your video and upload to YouTube and Fackebook was a big plus for me. The only downside to the software is: it only works on windows and not on the mac. This is not a big deal as the hardware works on windows and mac, but i would like to see the software side of things work its way to the mac, as you can have a lot of fun with the visual effects and voice affects and i do think it be a good upgrade for creative to do sometime down the line.
Putting all that aside, i still thing the Creative Live! Cam Connect HD is not a bad webcam, it would be a good upgrade from vga webcam’s and many built in webcam’s that you find on some laptops.