A cam icon sits in your icon tray; double clicking it opens the QuickCam control panel. From here you have complete control over your webcam features and settings. Here we find a privacy shade as well as several video effects to use in conjunction with the cam; Avatars, Face Accessories and Fun Filters.
These are just a few of the video effects. The Avatars are really neat in the fact that they track your facial movements. For example, when I wink or close my eyes, the alien mimics these movements. These effects are fun to use in chats and would also go over well with kids. You can also download new video effects to use from Logitech's website.
Next we have some of the webcam settings. Here, you can do any number of things, such as pan and tilt, zoom, set the focus, etc. Face tracking can also be controlled here. I tried this out and was impressed by how accurate it was, although it zoomed right in on my face which I didn't care too much for. Audio settings can be adjusted, as well as echo canceling and background noise suppression.
You can also adjust the RightLight settings here. I was a bit skeptical about how well this feature would work, but the results speak clearly.
The image on the left is without RightLight and the image on the left is with it enabled. All of the lights in my room were off. The only "light" was from my monitors and computer case. Very impressive.
The final set of options we have are Advanced Settings, Application Preferences and Video Calling Applications. I left all of the settings as-is under Advanced Settings. Application Preferences allows you to set up your favorite video calling app. and email client. The last set allows you to quickly launch one of several video calling applications, such as Skype and Yahoo Messenger.
Aside from video, the QuickCam allows you to take still photos as well. Below are some examples of the still photos, taken at HD resolution (960 x 720).
As you can see, the image quality is excellent for a webcam. I have also included a short video clip from the camera, so you can see just how clear the image really is.
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Video Clip
I have been using the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 for several days now and have nothing but great things to say about it. I experimented using the cam in Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger, both of which worked perfectly. I also set up a "lifecast" at UStream.tv. You can check out my live video feed by Clicking Here.
The unit itself is nice and compact and can mount to just about any type of screen or can even sit on your desk. The USB cable has plenty of length, so setting the camera up wherever you want shouldn't be an issue. Software installation only takes about 5-7 minutes at most. The control panel is laid out well and easy to navigate. The video effects are an added bonus, but aren't really useful except for getting a few laughs in a video call.
Image quality is exceptional, thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics. The RightLight 2 technology works very well, as does the RightSound technology. Users on the other end reported my voice and music coming through crisp and clear.
I did have a few issues with my audio while broadcasting live at UStream, but I tracked that down to Winamp and the fact that I had several other streams open at the same time. Besides this, I couldn't find any other issues with the QuickCam Pro 9000. Whether you are a video blogger, lifecaster or someone who is simply looking to connect to friends and family from anywhere in the world, the QuickCam Pro 9000 will not let you down. As of writing, the QC Pro 9000 retails for $99.99, a fair price for a webcam of this quality.
OCIA.net has awarded the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 our seal of approval!
Thanks to Logitech for supplying us with this review sample.