I am very disappointed with this camera, especially in comparison to my Logitech cams. I struggled for hours trying to find compatible drivers for Vista on Creative's website that would actually load. Once I got it working I found the picture quality very poor, dark and grainy and far inferior to my Logitech cams.
I'd been a big fan of Creative sound products and just assumed that same quality would be in all their products. I was wrong. The video quality of the cam is terrible along with Creative's accompanying software. You will struggle getting the drivers and appications installed with Vista, only to determine it was a waste of effort. The cam/software combo will not adjust to moderate-to-moderately low light conditions. The software cam adjustments are cumbersome and finicky. And in contrast to what's advertised in the product's features,the video is choppy and slow and ultimately very frustrating. The worst part of this cam is the rather pitiful support behind it at Creative. I've been through several hours of troubleshooting procedures with them, mostly meaningless and all to no avail. It's a stark contrast from the quality cameras and support offered by Logitech.
Nice camera, decent picture and sound, still struggle with low light. The clip is not that bad of a design but could have been a bit easier to put it on. I need 2 hand to mounted it on my notebook and the mechanic is very flimsy. Set up was easy for me(XP). Cost quit a bit more than it really worth. This is an upgrade from my old logitech web cam(probably .3mp), picture is noticeably better but the old camera is fraction of the cost compare to the new one.
This piece of product is good enuf to take anywhere coz of size, but proves to be a disadvantage as well when come to ease of use. The holder in the webcam doesn't fit into my t61 laptop. not sure if any one has this issue with another laptop, but, i have. Picture clarity is average.
Easy enough to have my dad set it up remotely and hop on Skype. He likes it so much he bought 4 more for the rest of the family to catch up to him.
Got this on a great deal so some of the earlier comments of "a bit pricy" dont apply.
Good picture, good sound.
Go anywhere, be anywhere, and stay connected all the times! Whether you're enjoying a cup of cappuccino at a café, waiting for a flight at an airport, or simply decked out in your backyard, you want to stay connected to the world. With the Creative Live! Cam Notebook Ultra, you can say hi to your friends, family, or colleagues, wherever you roam.
Look Your Best
Whether you're chatting on the web, recording a new video blog, or snapping photos, you'll want to look your best. Creative's Live! View technology automatically selects the best setting for you so that your image always looks sharp and vivid. The ultra wide-angle lens and Smart Face Tracking feature keeps you in the frame and looking sharp no matter how much you might move around.
Record video to your PC - perfect for posting a video blog, uploading to the Internet, or creating a home movie. You won't look grainy or fuzzy using Live! Cam Notebook Ultra. A high quality 1.3mp (1280x960) sensor, Live! View technology, and auto tuning give you video quality you may not expect from such a compact webcam.
Sound Your Best
Live! Cam Notebook Ultra incorporates Creative's superior audio technology by using a set of built-in adaptive array microphones. The dual microphones and Creative's exclusive Live! Audio technology cancels out background noise, so all you hear is pure voice over the Internet.
Change the face of instant messaging! So you've heard all about video effects - the special effects like snowflakes, masks, eye glasses, hairdos, etc. that you add to your video image while chatting online. But wait, what about having a beautiful backdrop behind you like the Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House? Plus, you can morph your image into water ripples, blow bubbles out of your mouth, or simple become invisible. You can do all this with Creative's extensive, free collection of video effects and more.
Exclusive Voice Effects from Creative's Advanced Audio FX
Let them hear you, in many ways! Don't just doodle and morph your image, do something about your voice! Now with Creative's exclusive Audio FX technology, you can talk like a chipmunk, a robot, or a duck. You can even soun like a 5 year-old kid with squeaky high-pitched voice or an 80 year-old man with quivering low-drone voice. Try it to believe it!
Exclusive Parental Control
Creative stands by safe online chat! Live! Cam Optia offers exclusive parental control that is not found on any other webcam. You can enable parental control during setup. Simply create a login and password so that the next time someone uses the webcam, it requires your password before streaming live video over the Internet. Parental control, smart face tracking, and other software features require the CD software installation.
Greater viewing flexibility and privacy
Live! Cam Notebook Ultra rotates to almost any viewing angle at up to 240°. Plus, the embedded image sensor detects camera rotation at 90º or above, so that your image is always upright.
Smooth video, uninterrupted live chat
Experience smooth, full motion 30 frames per second digital video and top quality images with hi-speed USB 2.0 throughput. Live! Cam Notebook Ultra is also backward compatible and works with any USB 1.1 connection.
1.3mp (1280x960) sensor with Live! View technology
Video capture at up to 1280x960 resolution
Still image capture at up to 5.0 megapixel resolution
Built-in noise-canceling microphones with Live! Audio technology
USB Video Class webcam (for PCs running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and above)
Certified, hi-speed 2.0 (fully backward compatible with USB 1.1)
240º camera rotation for the best angle
Exclusive parental control for safe online chats
Smart face tracking keeps the focus on you
Video effects for fun video chats
Manual adjustable focus ring
PowerGrip attaches firmly to notebook display (up to 2cm)
Works with Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Skype Video Call and other compatible instant messaging services