For the vision projects that I’m getting ready to do, I’ll need video streams. There are several ways to get video, but one of the most inexpensive is a webcam. Webcams have been around long enough that support for them is pretty much considered de rigueur. They’re also cheap enough that there seem to be a zillion of them. I just grabbed one off of Amazon, a Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Here’s the video:
This cam has a couple of issues. It has the usual “webcam color” issues, there appears to be splotches of odd colors on some of the object edges.There was a band at the top of the video, I need to investigate further to see if it’s the camera or the program that I was using to display the video (Cheese Webcam Booth).
On the other side, skin tones look pretty good. I also liked the clarity of the up close shots, as it’s able to focus on objects just a few inches from the lens. Autofocus is available, but it doesn’t seem very fast. All in all, not bad. But it’s not outstanding, especially when compared to the quality of video that’s coming out of smartphones now.