Envision V-Cam

July 28, 2008

Looking for a deal on a webcam? Keep looking. Although the Envision V-Cam costs about half what you’d pay for the latest models from Creative, Logitech, and Microsoft, it delivers less than half the quality. Problems include limited software, a manual-focus lens, and a base that can’t even clip onto a monitor. Even worse, it lacks a microphone, which severely limits its value. On the plus side, the V-Cam produces passable images and offers a much wider range of movement than most other webcams. But anyone shopping for a bargain should opt instead for the Hercules Deluxe Optical Glass, which costs less but delivers much more.

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A lower-than-average price can’t rescue this feature-strapped webcam. It doesn’t even have a microphone, making it useful for almost zilch.

Low price. Ball-joint mount provides a wide range of lens movement. Acceptable image quality, even at higher resolutions.

No microphone. Manual-focus lens. Weak bundled software. Can’t be clipped to a monitor. No LED to indicate activity.

Buy it here:  Amazon $22.87

  • Type: Webcam
  • Maximum Resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixels
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Record and Playback: Yes

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