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Hi. smile.gif

With my girlfriend now in University I won't be seeing her as much as she's not a 10 minute drive away anymore, and she wants to chat with me over Skype/talk to her young niece and nephew as well as her sister and other family whilst she is away from home. I'd probably get 2 of them, one for me and one for her.

Looking for a webcam, preferably with a minimum of 720p, maybe 1080p. I literally know nothing about webcams, so feel free to guide/educate me. I'm not sure I even know what I want! tongue.gif

Requirements:
  • Good quality microphone
  • Good quality video (HD 1080p?)
  • Ideally attaches to a monitor, but can be free standing
  • Costs around £30, willing to go up to £40~ if it's worth it
  • Looks relatively stylish, black in colour would be great

Now, she'll be chatting with me a lot both over mic and video which isn't an issue as she has an i7 860 and I have a 3570k, so HD video streaming won't be an issue. Although my internet connection isn't great, but still. Now, her sister has her old laptop (an AMD single core), would having a HD webcam make it laggier for her sister viewing it on the slower laptop or would Skype compensate for that? That's more of a software question, so don't answer it if you don't want to/aren't sure.

But yeah, that's pretty much it. As I said, I know nothing about webcams and use a £1 clip on mic for my Skype/conference calls and have never purchased a webcam, so guide me! smile.gif

Thanks in advance. thumb.gif
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I've been happy with my Lifecam Studio, but that is a little above your price range; depends on how much flexibility you have there. At the top end of your price range is the LifeCam cinema ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-LifeCam-Cinema-New-Packaging/dp/B009BT67A8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1379952786&sr=8-6&keywords=lifecam )
Black, 720p, build quality is great (my Lifecam studio has been knocked down countless times and doesn't have a scratch to show for it), and the low-light quality is brilliant too. Just the light from my monitor was enough to clearly see everything in my room to about 2.5m away.

There's also the Logitech C series; the C525 and C310 are in your price range but I can't speak for their quality.
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I've been happy with my Lifecam Studio, but that is a little above your price range; depends on how much flexibility you have there. At the top end of your price range is the LifeCam cinema ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-LifeCam-Cinema-New-Packaging/dp/B009BT67A8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1379952786&sr=8-6&keywords=lifecam )
Black, 720p, build quality is great (my Lifecam studio has been knocked down countless times and doesn't have a scratch to show for it), and the low-light quality is brilliant too. Just the light from my monitor was enough to clearly see everything in my room to about 2.5m away.

There's also the Logitech C series; the C525 and C310 are in your price range but I can't speak for their quality.

I'm curious and it may help out anyway but is the business edition the same as that one but with different packaging? (it seems to be)

On another note, I have the C310 and image quality is fine.
It works for skype but I'd probably go for a slightly better webcam if I was buying again.
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