WebCams

Trust 16428 Spotlight Webcam pro

Trust 16428 Spotlight Webcam pro

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£21

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024

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Logitech C270

Logitech C270

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£16

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Logitech C615

Logitech C615

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£59

  • PC Interface: USB

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Logitech C310

Logitech C310

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£39

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Microsoft HD 3000 Life Cam

Microsoft HD 3000 Life Cam

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£24

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Logitech C920

Logitech C920

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£54

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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D-Link DCS 942L

D-Link DCS 942L

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£180

  • PC Interface: Wireless

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D-Link DCS 5222

D-Link DCS 5222

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£95

  • PC Interface: IP

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D-Link DCS 932

D-Link DCS 932

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£124

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Samsung SNH 1010

Samsung SNH 1010

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£34

  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Microsoft Lifecam Cinema

Microsoft Lifecam Cinema

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£43

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Axis Q1765

Axis Q1765

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£729

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Conceptronic CCAM700D30

Conceptronic CCAM700D30

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£38

  • PC Interface: IP

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ACTi I 94

ACTi I 94

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£1,244

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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D-Link DCS 4602 EV

D-Link DCS 4602 EV

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£150

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Axis P5544

Axis P5544

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£57

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Genius FaceCam 1000X

Genius FaceCam 1000X

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£18

  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Acorn 5210A

Acorn 5210A

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£168

  • PC Interface: IP

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VisorTech DSC 720

VisorTech DSC 720

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£321

  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Axis Q1921

Axis Q1921

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£6,862

  • PC Interface: IP

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Elro CS88

Elro CS88

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£28

  • PC Interface: IP

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Axis M3007

Axis M3007

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£508

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 2592 x 1944

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D-Link DCS 935L

D-Link DCS 935L

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£48

  • PC Interface: IP

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Ausdom AW615

Ausdom AW615

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£24

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 1080p

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Axis Q6045

Axis Q6045

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£3,805

  • PC Interface: IP

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Hama 86510 Webcam AC150

Hama 86510 Webcam AC150

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£12

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Axis 5005 011

Axis 5005 011

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£34

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Elro C704

Elro C704

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£54

  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Elro FA703IP

Elro FA703IP

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£29

  • PC Interface: IP

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Hikvision DS 2CD6362

Hikvision DS 2CD6362

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£462

  • PC Interface: Ethernet

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Axis M3204

Axis M3204

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£464

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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TRENDnet TV IP 343

TRENDnet TV IP 343

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£89

  • PC Interface: IP

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Koenig SEC-DUMMYCAM80

Koenig SEC-DUMMYCAM80

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£20

  • PC Interface: IP

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D-Link DCS 6004

D-Link DCS 6004

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£189

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Konig SAS CAM 4110

Konig SAS CAM 4110

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£98

  • PC Interface: IP

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SCS Sentinel DC 5007

SCS Sentinel DC 5007

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£23

  • PC Interface: IP

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Trust IPCAM 2000

Trust IPCAM 2000

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£74

  • PC Interface: IP

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Axis M3105 L

Axis M3105 L

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£317

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080

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Axis Q3617 VE

Axis Q3617 VE

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£1,683

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 3072 x 2048

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Nest Cam Indoor

Nest Cam Indoor

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£143

  • PC Interface: Wireless
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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SMARTWARES C903P

SMARTWARES C903P

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£63

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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MCL CAMD624AW

MCL CAMD624AW

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£221

  • PC Interface: IP

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VisorTech PX-3171-901

VisorTech PX-3171-901

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£137

  • PC Interface: USB

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Axis M3046 V

Axis M3046 V

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£364

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 2688 x 1520

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LogiLink WC0020

LogiLink WC0020

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£108

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024

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Vivotek IP 8152

Vivotek IP 8152

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£142

  • PC Interface: IP
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024

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Foscam FI9828W

Foscam FI9828W

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£206

  • PC Interface: IP

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ACTi E 921

ACTi E 921

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£482

  • Video Resolution: 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, and 320 x 240

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APC NetBotz NBPD0121

APC NetBotz NBPD0121

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£514

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Bluestork BS-DUMYCAM/D

Bluestork BS-DUMYCAM/D

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£24

  • PC Interface: IP

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Kguard 3 TB

Kguard 3 TB

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£270

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

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Samsung SNP 3120

Samsung SNP 3120

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£575

  • PC Interface: Ethernet

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Levelone CAS 4000B

Levelone CAS 4000B

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£21

  • PC Interface: IP

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Level One FCS 5051

Level One FCS 5051

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£506

  • PC Interface: Ethernet
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Eminent Easy Pro View EM6250HD

Eminent Easy Pro View EM6250HD

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£73

  • PC Interface: IP

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Trust 16429

Trust 16429

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£14

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

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Axis Vandal Resistant Housing

Axis Vandal Resistant Housing

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£15

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Vivotek FD 8355 EHV

Vivotek FD 8355 EHV

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£21

  • PC Interface: PC Interface
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024

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ACTi E 58

ACTi E 58

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£383

  • PC Interface: RJ45 10Base-T/100Base-TX
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Computer Gear 24 0106

Computer Gear 24 0106

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£20

  • PC Interface: USB
  • Video Resolution: 800 x 600

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Buying Guide - Webcams

Types

A web camera can come in a variety of types.  A typical webcam will connect to a computer via one of the USB ports, and work after installing the appropriate drivers.

Audio/Video Webcams: The basic webcam will offer only video support, with audio normally only being possible via a headset with a microphone.  If the consumer is willing to spend a little bit more money, they can get a webcam with a built-in microphone.

Digital Cameras: Many mid-range digital cameras offer a webcam function, allowing them to be used to take photographs and videos while also offering a high quality stream.  The majority of digital cameras offer component software that allows for video or photo capture, such as Apple's Photo Booth software.

Wireless Webcams: Some webcams offer wireless capabilities, negating the need for messy wiring cluttering up your desk space and offering an increased level of functionality.

High Quality Video Webcams: Not long ago, it was standard for a webcam to offer only VGA quality, but now, two or three megapixels is fairly common.  With the advent of mobile phone cameras, the price of the components used in a typical web camera has fallen significantly, leading to cheaper products offering higher quality.  A multipurpose webcam offering up to HD resolution is not uncommon and can be found fairly cheaply, with prices falling all the time.

Portable Webcams: Many webcams are detachable and run on batteries, meaning they can double as cheap digital cameras.  While this isn't as popular a choice as it once was due to the increase in popularity of mobile phone cameras, filming on a good quality multi-purpose webcam can be significantly easier than using a phone.  It is also typically easier to transfer the videos shot on a webcam to the internet.

Features

A webcam can offer a wide range of features.  Normally, a good quality web camera will offer audio and video capabilities.  Most webcams available on the market today will synchronise quickly and easily with instant messaging programmes such as Skype or MSN Messenger.  The burgeoning popularity of Skype as both a personal communications tool and as a business solution for teleconferencing means that many webcam types come ready for business use.  These types of web camera offer a complete solution for professional use and are priced accordingly.  Other webcam types include proprietary software for photo or video capture, which can easily be transferred to websites like YouTube or Google Videos.

A webcam can also have several other purposes.  A web camera available for computer games consoles such as the Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Eye is multi-purpose and, in the case of the former, also offers depth perception and movement tracking.  A number of 3D webcams are available and will only become more popular as the increase in 3DTV technology continues.

Some webcam types are also compatible with PC gaming.  The Xbox Kinect has recently inspired a series of technological demonstration products showcasing the wide range of uses for the next generation webcam.  The infrared technology available in these new products is cutting edge, and provides a diverse new experience.

Other types of webcams can be used for surveillance and security purposes.  With many being photosensitive or sensitive to movement, it is possible to set up a wireless webcam outside your house or business to capture photos or videos when someone comes in or walks by.  This can be very useful in the field of home security, and many people are starting to use a webcam instead of paying much more for a complete CCTV system in their home.  The webcam has the benefit of only recording when it needs to and storing the video straight to a hard drive, rather than using expensive tapes or discs that require regular replacement.

Web camera technology has progressed significantly in the past few years.  Large news organizations such as the BBC and CNN are now using high end web cameras to record their urgent news from reporters, or to speak to correspondents in far away countries where no other live video communication feed is available.  Webcams are frequently installed on motorways and bridges as well, giving viewers of the online stream a glimpse of a certain landmark, or the ability to check on the traffic before setting out on a journey.

Quality

Webcams are available in varying levels of quality.  Cheap webcams can cost as little as £5 to £15 and will offer reasonable video quality, although colour balance and focus may not be exemplary.  Web cameras in this price range, whilst usually coming with a warranty, may not be as long lasting as more expensive webcams.  They will also rarely offer the visual fidelity required for precision use, and are more suited to communicating with friends or family online.  The webcams available in the next price bracket up - around £20 to £50 - will offer a greatly increased level of picture quality, normally offer audio capabilities, will have great quality colour and may have extra features.  These web cameras are suitable for talking online as well as filming videos in front of the computer in a video blog style.  Quality will usually be sub-HD, but some mid-range cameras will offer HD capability as well.

High end cameras will normally offer HD (1280 x 720 resolution) at the very least for still photographs, with many offering 1920 x 1080 resolution.  Web cameras in the upper price range may offer other functions, such as being battery powered or rechargeable, and have much in common with a standard digital camera.  These webcams will usually come with a relatively high price tag, but considering the feature rich nature of these devices, they can represent excellent value for money depending on the consumer's requirements.

Web camera quality and functionality has universally increased since their advent in the mid 1990s.  Previously, buying a webcam could be a fairly perilous task, with even some of the higher end web cameras offering poor quality and even worse reliability.  The modern webcam offers a good level of quality for the consumer and is typically durable and reliable.