Creative WebCam Go

by Jason Clark on December 24, 1999 4:55 PM EST
See-You-See-Me. Just in time for Christmas. We are taking a look at Creative's new WebCam Go. Creative Labs is a company that is always looking for ways to make their products unique. Well, they accomplished just that with the WebCam Go. This WebCam can also front as a standalone portable still image camera. This is the first web camera that does this, which is a step in the right direction. I don't know about you, but it gets tiring having to buy multiple devices that could really be one with multiple functions.

The WebCam Go was launched at Comdex '99. At the show, this camera could be purchased for $69.00, which is how this one came to be on top of my monitor. The use of these WebCam devices is becoming more and more popular everyday. A good portion of the PC packages that can be bought from the major vendors come with a webcam, be it the HotWheels Computer :) or various other models. The usefulness of these cameras can be debated, but if you want to do video conferencing with remote employers, or with family, this product's usefulness is obvious.


When used as a desktop PC camera:

* Capable of 16.7 million color, live video capture at up to 30 frames per second at a resolution of 352x288, and up to 15 frames per second at 640x480
* Supports still image capture at 160x120, 176x144, 320x240, 352x288, and 640x480
* Focusable lens with a range of 6 inches to infinity
* Snapshot button on top of the camera captures an image and automatically displays it on your screen
* Connects to your PC's USB port. 6' USB cable included.
* Includes drivers for Video for Windows, WDM, and TWAIN

When used on the go:

* Capture still images in 16.7 million colors at 320x240 or 640x480
* Four image capture modes: standard, multi-frame, time delay, and time delay multi-exposure
* 4MB of internal memory stores approximately 200 images at 320x240 resolution or 90 images at 640x480 resolution - no diskettes or memory cards to lose
* Two AAA alkaline batteries (included) last for approximately 300 snapshots
* Three-position fixed focus lens with settings for 10 feet to infinity, 3 to 5 feet, and 6 - 8 inches
* Optical viewfinder
* Configurable auto-shutoff saves battery life
* Black and white LCD displays number of frames left, mode indicator and low-battery warning
* Audio confirmation of image capture
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