Mini cams put to the test

February 12, 2008 11:07:10 AM PST
Web cams are a great way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones who live out of town or out of state. But which ones are the best for your buck?

You might be surprised at the quality of images delivered these days by web cams. The cameras allow you to make calls to people using your computer where you can see them and they can see you.

"Web cams, which really enable you to talk over the internet and see who you are talking with and allow them to see you, have really come down dramatically in recent years in prices, where now you can get some really good units for substantially under $100 dollars," said John Kupsch, Good Housekeeping Institute.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute's over all winner in its product test is the Logitech Quick Cam Pro 9000.

"The Logitech's model was really great because in our tests, it had excellent sound quality and no real time lag when it came to audio exchange. It has a new feature called the right light technology, which allows images to come through in a clear and crisp way, even in poor lighting conditions," said Kupsch.

Kids will love this. They'll be able to superimpose a cartoon face over their own.

"The Ezonics model won great reviews at the institute because it was a great value. You can get two web cams, which allows you to give one to your friend or family member across the country. Hook it up and you're ready to go," said Kupsch.

And for you Mac lovers with built in web camera, Good Housekeeping likes the Unibrain Fire-I digital camera.

If this technology scares you, listen to this. Good Housekeeping says the cameras are easy to install. For most cameras tested, you just pop the instructional CD into your computer and follow the prompts.