|Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision SE Webcam|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: WebCam | Camera|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2007|
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Closer Look: Ultra Vision SE Webcam
Most consumers go to their local retail store and purchase an item which looks like it will do the job. Unfortunately, in this day and age the products are all beginning to look more and more alike, which means that uneducated consumers could be doing themselves some harm by not learning the features. The webcam industry may have a catalog of products which seem very similar on the outside, but like everything else in this world it's what you have on the inside that counts most.
Take for example Logitech's QuickCam Ultra Vision Special Edition webcam. It may look similar to most of the other products sitting on store shelves, but it is in fact very different. To begin with, it features a five-element glass lens system which works together to render 640x480 video quality on the level of high-end security cameras. Then, add to it a 1.3 megapixel sensor, and the still-image resolution climbs to 1280x960. Finally, mix in a few unique touches: a snapshot and video button, video activity signal, echo-free audio, adjustable angle lens, and a counter-balanced flexible stand. When it's all taken into consideration, the QuickCam Ultra Vision shares very little with the competition.
One of the most unique, if not peculiar features of the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Webcam is the flexible counter-weighted stand. It seems obvious that the webcam industry has been fighting with the problem of mounting their product to various surfaces; especially ever since LCD displays took away the nice flat surface which the much larger CRT monitors used to afford them.
Since most users now own an LCD display, the technology used by Logitech to mount the QuickCam Ultra Vision is more towards the unique side. Utilizing a weighted flexible rubber "clip", the QuickCam is designed to mount itself to the screen by using gravity to apply pressure from the front (behind the camera). Even on very thin monitors, such as my SyncMaster 204B, the QuickCam Ultra Vision had no problem staying in place. What the images here don't show you is that the webcam actually twists in the middle. So even if your mounting position is too high, you can simply aim the lens portion (left half) of the QuickCam Ultra Vision down to meet the focus point.
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