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Re: [Ekiga-list] Thank you 3.2.6 and question about 1.3MP vs 2.0MP webca

Subject: Re: [Ekiga-list] Thank you 3.2.6 and question about 1.3MP vs 2.0MP webcam
From: Michael Rickmann
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:01:49 +0200
Am Dienstag, den 22.09.2009, 22:48 -1000 schrieb John Call:
> Aloha,
> First, a moment to thank all of those who contribute their time and
> talents to the continued updates to this project.  Mahalo nui loa
> (Thank you).
> May I solicit commentary from the list members regarding 1.3MP vs
> 2.0MP webcams?  My university is beginning to roll out desktop video
> conferencing  (not only internally, but to off-island locations as
> well).  Is there anything to be gained by spending an extra $50-$80 to
> upgrade from a 1.3 megapixel camera (e.g. Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000)
> to a 2.0 megapixel camera (e.g. Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000)?
> Has anybody done subjective or quantitative comparisons between
> cameras in these two classes of quality?  Iâm planning on utilizing
> H.264 extensively, but falling back to H.263 for compatibility when
> needed.
> Thanks again to all  of the developers, testers, and users.
> John
Hi John,
I think that 1.3 megapixel are sufficient for a Webcam using Ekiga.
However, the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 (and also the notebook model) is
far superior to any webcam which I had before. I can't comment on the
Microsoft one. The Logitech is extremely light sensitive and has really
good optics though at rather wide angle. Autofocus is not working yet
under linux, but you do not need it. The software Logitech provides for
Windows is very demanding. You should find a way only to install the
Windows drivers. Under Ubuntu Jaunty with standard Ekiga I have problems
with the Logitech Pro. Often Ekiga can not open the device, as if it had
not been closed properly before. Running cheese once or twice inbetween
fixes it. 
If you are bying new Cams and have some time to sort out problems I
would recommend the Logitech Pro ones.

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