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I had a Logitech 9000 Pro. It was a pretty good cam but it didn't work very well in low light. It had the right-light or something feature which brightened the pictures in low light but the FPS dropped really low.


Also as I selected higher resolution the picture became grainy. As I understand it is suppose to do 720p. But the 720p quality isn't the same as camcorder 720p quality. Its pretty good for webcam.


So what I want in the new cam is for it to view live video in 1080p without any frame drops and play it smoothly even in low light conditions. Now I doubt there are many or even one webcam that supports 1080p I don't know, but could this also be achieved by using a HD camcorder?


say if I were to go out and buy a camcorder that was capable of recording 1080p/i video could I use it as a webcam? and would the quality remain the same or would it be scaled down due to transfer rates of the cables and what not? I know it might cost more than $300 but if the process worked I'd go for it. Also I might settle for 720p if the quality of the Recorded video and live view is fantastic.


Thanks guys!
 

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What's your end game? Using Skype? Making movies with a TV capture card? Or something more specialized?


HV30 makes a pretty good webcam if you have firewire and enough CPU the process it in realtime. Higher quality input generally equals better compression. Most video devices can operate as webcams with a TV capture card. Can you turn off all of the icons and other annoyances to make it work the way that you want it to in that manner. Not to mention auto power off and other annoyances. But one option if you're cool with compromises. Useful regardless if you're trying to scientifically calculate a latency of a device (video vs. audio).


Webcams in general are going to suck. Small sensors, fixed focus, cheap optics, no zoom, yada yada yada.....
 
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