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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
Logitech Pro 9000 QuickCam
A few months ago I shopped for a webcam. At the time I was impressed by the Logitech Fusion and the Ultra Vision. I liked the small footprint and the images looked amazing. So much better than the webcam I had previously owned. Eventually I had to purchase a webcam and by that time the Fusion and the Ultra Vision was not readily available at my local Best Buy or Office Depot. Instead I chose the Logitech Pro 9000. It was the most expensive webcam on the shelf - but I knew that I wanted it more than the others.
If I had not been rushed for time I could have saved $20 to $40 by ordering it online. I was rushed because I needed to quickly get online with the Microsoft Live Messenger. My patience have been tested from that point.
The Logitech Pro 9000 is a good looking webcam but I am still attached to the looks of the Ultra Fusion. Features are much the same except that instead of the 1.3 megapixels found on the Ultra Fusion the Pro 9000 sports 2.0 megapixels (8 megapixels enhanced). HD video is possible due to the 960 by 720 pixels.
Low light causes less than perfect conditions for video conferencing. As with most any digital camera low light causes dark and blurry images and reduces the details that could otherwise be seen in brighter light. RightLight 2 Technology works to improve the actual lighting that is in a room. The Pro 9000 automatically detects light and with the use of software, high resolution software and the Carl Zeiss glass lenses give some of the best image quality found on any other webcam.
If a situation arises that you would not want to use the RightLight 2 Technology it can be turned off.
My home office is actually a bedroom so there is a window behind me and a window beside me. There is a 42" flat panel television near my desk and a ceiling fan with a bright light above my head. The image from the Pro 9000 is extremely good even with these distractions.
No headphones are required to speak and listen over the Pro 9000. Through integrated filters RightSound Technology cancels out any echo causing feedback from the integrated microphone even when the computer speakers are near by.
Avatars are familiar to computer users. Online gamers use them, social networking sites use them and so does the Logitech Pro 9000. The 3D avatars take on your expressions; smile and your avatar smiles, frown and your avatar frowns or pose and your avatar mimics your every move. Use the Face Accessories such as mustaches, glasses, hats and even crowns to let people see your face - just differently. Video filters are available as well on the included software.
Personally I will probably not use these special effects. Although, children would probably enjoy seeing an adult act childlike so I will not say "never".
Video conferencing does not have to be uncomfortable. Older webcams blurred images if the subject moved. The Intelligent Face Tracking technology follows the subject instead. The view is widescreen and the subject remains in the middle of the image.
My Pro 9000 follows my movements but I am experiencing some jerky images. I may be doing something wrong however because I read reviews and forums where other owners rave about how smooth the images are. I need to take the time to play around with the settings to see if this can be improved upon.
The mounting clip is universal. I have to admit that it took me a few minutes to figure it out. Once I did - it is ingenious. The clip can also work as a stand if you want to set it on the desk instead.
According to the box and included instructions the Logitech is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Nothing is mentioned about the MAC. I believe that the Logitech Ultra vision is compatible with MAC but for some reason the Pro 9000 is not.
The Logitech Pro 9000 can be used with multiple instant messaging programs. The most popular programs are Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo and AOL.
Included in the box is the Pro 9000 webcam, a 6 ft. high speed USB 2.0 cable, installation CD including special video effects. Although not exactly in the box there is an included 2 year limited warranty.
Installing the Pro 9000 is a simple process. I have included thumbnail photos of each step. Just remember to install the software first - before plugging in the Pro 9000.