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Top 5 WebCams that Won't Hurt Your Wallet

Updated on February 5, 2008


Computer webcam are great for video chats with your friends and family. They allow you to better keep in touch with those long distance relationships. But, it may be hard to pick out the perfect one that's a high quality camera for a low budget person.

Luckily, with a little search and find, I've located the top 5 webcams. Well, they're at least my top 5 webcams of choice. So, take in the pictures and the details for the following webcams before you make your final decision.

Logitech Quickcam IM

It sets up in minutes. All you have to do is install the software, plug in the camera, and start sharing. The QuickCam IM has everything you need to get started with online video.

Allows you to:

  • Send real-time videos to anyone on your IM list, whether it be MSN Messenger, AIM, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, or Windows Messenger (on XP)
  • Make live video calls.
  • Capture both videos and still photos that you can email to friends
  • Connect to a laptop or flat-panel montor
  • Comes with a bonus headset for clear audio.

This webcam includes software to help you set it up, record video, and capture photos.

The images are high quality with a 640 x 480 resolution.

Creative Live! Optia Webcam

Hook up the Optia Webcam to your USB port and start a video immediately. You don't need any drivers or special software for this webcam.

The camera takes clear and shapr photos with up to 1.3 megapixel resolution. The Precision Lens automatically sets the perfect brightness to the surrounding light.

The camera sits on a multi-axie swivel that rotates 270 degrees and has an automatic image flip to ensure the image is always upright when rotated more than 90 degrees.

My favorite feature about this webcam is that you're always on screen. It follows you wherever you go within the room.

The Cam Optia fits onto almost any notebook display, CRT monitors, and flat panel displays.


  • Handsfree Stereo Headset.
  • Advanced Video FX to add special effect and backgrounds to your video chat.
  • Software to edit and organize pictures to make calendars and such.
  • muvee autoProducer which has a video editing technology to enable you to produce professional videos.
  • SightSpeed, which allows you to turn your PC into a video phone, make multi-pary video calls, and stream photos and videos to laptops, PDAs, and cell phones.

Works with Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and other compatible instant messaging services.

Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 takes great videos with a crystal clear audio acoustic noise cancellation feature.

You get advanced features such as:

  • Automatic facae tracking software
  • Low light adjustment
  • High definition video capabilities
  • Wide angle lens
  • 3X digital zoom
  • High speed USB connection
  • 1.3 megapixel video
  • 5.0 interpolated megapixel photos
  • Built in microphone

Three key features give you a superior Windows Live Experience.

  1. The Windows Live Call Button makes it easy to start a video call; just press the button to see who's online, and you're on your way to a video call.
  2. With the LifeCam Dashboard you can access video effects and control your webcam from the Windows Live Messenger window.
  3. With One-Touch Blogging, a single click allows you to upload to dows Live Spaces, an "online scrapbook" that lets you easily post blogs, photo albums, and personal music lists.

The camera's universal attachment base fits on most monitors, including flat screens. Or, it can sit directly on your desk.

Although the VX-6000 is optimized for use with Windows Live Messenger, it also works with other instant messaging programs, such as Yahoo Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger.

Ezonics EZ307 EZ Cam III Webcam

The Ezonics EZ Cam III is a high quality webcam that connects to your USB port. It will provide you with images up to a 640x480 resolution and up to 30 frames per second (320x240). You can take still shot photos, full motion videos, and engage in a video conference.

The snapshot button allows you to take still shots of yourself so that you cane email them to friends and family.

The webcam is easy to focus and adjust for the best image quality.

It's compatable with all Microsoft operating systems including: 98se, Me, 2000, and XP.

It includes six software titles to make your experience with Ezonics a better experience.

Creative LiveCam Notebook Pro

The Creative LiveCame has a high quality VGA sensor that produces smooth, natural looking videos and snap shots. It captures sharp vive details. The cool thing is, that no matter how much you move around, the webcam will focus on you no matter what.

You will get a software suite that lets you snap photos, add cool effects, and more.

The camera rotates 180 degrees, and it automatically fixes the image to make sure you're right side up.

The camera's PowerGrip grabs on and holds on. So, you have no need to worry about it slipping from place. You don't even have to disconnect the webcam if you ened to move around, just adjust your screen.

  • Capture high quality 640x480 video
  • Take snapshots at up to 1.3 Megapixels
  • Smart face tracking tracks your every move
  • Firm PowerGrip for secure fit
  • Includes Creative headset for clearer VoIP


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      Nikos 7 years ago

      i bought Brand new 20.0 Mega Pixel 20.0M 6 LED USB PC Webcam+Mic and need drivers for my toshiba satellite pro 4600 laptop can anybody help please

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      Eddy2106 7 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      Half of my family lives in Mexico so, i'll have to send them the money to buy a webcam, cause if i ship it i don't think it'll reach, so i say the cheap one out there around 20-30 bucks. But then again the first webcam that cost 0.00 seems fake, and unbeiliveble. Just give me the money and i'll buy it, until then i go off to walmart and buy a cheap one.