Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quick Comparison of 4 Logitech QuickCam Webcams

Recently, I’ve had a few sales reps ask me, “What is the best webcam to buy?”

Well, the answer depends on what you plan on doing with it.

Naturally, if you are looking to stay connected with your kids at college, the device you select won’t have to be as high end as the one you’ll need when you are conducting a videoconference with your business clients.

And while there are many manufacturers out there, I’m partial to Logitech. After years of watching them create PC peripherals and input devices, I have a certain level of trust and comfort with their stuff. For sales reps that don’t have a lot of time to tinker with installations, configurations and adjustments, Logitech just can’t be beat. It’s as simple as load the CD, plug in the device and start running.

So here is a quick visual on four of the QuickCams that I found. I’ll have more details at a later date.

Logitech QuickCam Express/Go

Absolutely bottom line, least cost webcam. This device has limited options on what it can do. However, it’s good for keeping tabs on the kids while they are away at college, although you can rest assured that they wouldn’t agree with your assessment.

Logitech QuickCam IM/Connect

This device is one step up from the Express. In fact, I’m not sure you can get the Express any longer except on ebay. So use this one instead. Good for general communications with family and friends.

Logitech QuickCam E3500

Looks like a QuickCam model that is marketed primarily outside of the US. May be the sister model to the QuickCam Communicate. Good for general work with people in your company or for family communications.

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

For the sales executive, the small business entrepreneur, or serious social media mogul. This model has high-end optics for exceptional reproduction. This is definitely not the model that you would want to “bang around”. If you get this one, make sure that your system has the horsepower to drive the video processing.

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