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Unread postby Jebusrocks » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:02 am

K, the topic explains all.

First me,,

I am going to buy a webcam tommorow, what do you guys suggest?

btw, It has to be below $300 , but the cheaper the better (but I still want good quality (as in webcam good quality) camera that can also take videos etc)
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Unread postby Baiko Arashi » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:17 am

under $300...dude you can get a good one for $80 at wal-mart
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Unread postby Jebusrocks » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:53 am

Well, that's the maximum, I want to spend as low as I can with a good webcam
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Unread postby Baiko Arashi » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:54 am

then get to wal-mart.
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Unread postby James » Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:35 am

Baiko Arashi wrote:then get to wal-mart.

I can’t help but to think searching in Wal*mart for high quality consumer electronics isn’t a very good approach. In this case it would be best to start by reading reviews of various web cams, picking the top three or so, and searching online for the best price from various reputable companies. We could, then, go to brick and mortar stores to see if any of these <i>good</i> brands appear at reasonable or lower prices.

We could also, then, go into Wal*mart with the ability to tell a quality product apart from the poorly assembled crap that has earned their company such a bad name in the tech world.
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Unread postby Baiko Arashi » Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:34 am

now i dont pretend to be a smart man. but if you look at the specs, you should know how good the cam is.
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Unread postby James » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:02 am

Baiko Arashi wrote:now i dont pretend to be a smart man. but if you look at the specs, you should know how good the cam is.

Assembly is a key factor in determining the quality of a product. You might find a Sony VAIO (I’ll spare everyone another Apple analogy) and an eMachine with near-identical specs, and a price-conscious consumer might be tempted to pay hundreds less for the eMachine. Well, there’s more to these products than specs—that Sony is the superior product by far. If we don’t already know these things we can learn about it by reading product reviews.

Similarly, a Sony 6 MP camera will almost always be inferior to a Nikon 6 MP camera when you compare image quality. A Sony 1.3 Child’s Digital Camera will always be far superior to that cute Hello Kitty 1.3 MP Child’s Digital Camera. Why is this? Aside from engineering differences and component quality, a key factor—the quality of the camera’s optics—will make one product superior. People love Sony but few know that the quality of Sony digital camera optics are sub-par when compared to other premium brands. But if they started to read professional reviews…

Finally, two web cams which both advertise 640x480 with a frame rate of 30 fps may produce very different results. One may suffer from ghosting—trails as objects move—static, poor color duplication, and poor light adaptation, while the other may create reasonable colors and visible images in a dimly lit room.

How do we know these things? Research!
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Unread postby Baiko Arashi » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:09 am

and this is why i said I don't pretend to be smart...THAT AND I WANTED YOU TO SAY ALL THIS SO YOUNG JEBUSROCKS WOULD KNOW!!!! *anybody believe me?*
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Unread postby James » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:15 am

Baiko Arashi wrote:and this is why i said I don't pretend to be smart...THAT AND I WANTED YOU TO SAY ALL THIS SO YOUNG JEBUSROCKS WOULD KNOW!!!! *anybody believe me?*

NO! NOBODY BELIEVES YOU! :x

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Unread postby Baiko Arashi » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:21 am

he better believe me or i'll go sushi on his ass. :lol:
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