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Good webcam for video conferencing?

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Hi there,

I need to get a webcam that is suitable for conference calls in board rooms. I plan to mount it at one end of the board room table, so a 90-degree field-of-view should be more than adequate. Since it's in a conference room which echoes a little bit, I'd like to get a decent camera with at least 2.0megapixel resolution, a good microphone, etc.

We plan to do most conferences via skype, nothing too fancy, but if anyone can recommend any free (as in beer) video conferencing software I'd be open to that. I'd really like to keep the hardware to under $300.

Thank you all in advance!
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Anthony Russo earned 1300 total points
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Being in the Desktop VideoConferencing industry, I often get asked for Webcam recommendations. As far as a a webcam to use, in my opinion, the best Webcam on the market today is the Logitech QuickCam® Pro 9000. It's not just the megapixels, but the Carl Zeiss optics are outstanding on this camera. I am a provider of VideoConferencing and recommend it for all of my clients that ask what the best Webcam they can buy is.

For better quality even, and especially if you want to capture a full room, you can hook up a DV VideoCamera and have excellent image quality, much better than any webcam.   The service you use has to support the quality of the camera though. If your camera is HD quality, but your service is sending a 200k stream, it's not going to be worth the efforts of that good camera.

Thats why video stream scalability is important for your situation. Our solution is scalable and we can offer a 200k, 400k, 800k, or 1.2M stream when the client has a camera that supports it. Your situation is ideal for an 800k or 1.2M stream if you invest in the 9000 or DV camera.

Feel free to contact me if there are any other questions or you want to test out some providers. I'd be glad to help out.

Good Luck,

Anthony
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