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    Default What should I know about buying a web cam?

    I would like to get a webcam to stay in touch with my nieces and nephews on Skype (doing flashcards with them etc), to visit with a couple of my friends who have moved to Europe and also possibly to do some long distance music lessons with people. Do you have any advice about brands, considerations, price etc? I have a desktop, and I have never had a computer with a webcam.

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    My laptop didn't come with one either, so I went to Best Buy and got the cheapest one. It's a logitech and seems to work fine.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    What do you have to do to hook it up to the computer (pardon my ignorance!)?

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    Plug into USB drive.

    That's about it.

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    If the relatively simple instruction manual for any electronic device seem a bit daunting, usually someone from your local store should be able to help you out.

    For example, pick a slow time of day such as 2 pm on a tuesday and go to Best Buy. Ask any of the sales staff to teach you about webcams. This part can seem daunting because you might feel they might be trying to sell you things you don't need. However, once you find something you feel comfortable with, ask if they would mind opening up the box you intend to purchase and walking through all the parts and software with you so that you know what they all do and how to use them. Usually they're willing to do so free of charge and with a smile, especially if its a non-commission store.

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    Need a good resolution/MP count and built in mic. This one in particular seems a good balance between affordability and functionality:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104368

    Also, keep in mind webcams inevitably lead to sin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Also, keep in mind webcams inevitably lead to sin.
    This was going to be my post, lol.

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    It's funny because it's true.

    Seriously, don't have too much fun with that webcam Fidelia... or do.

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    The more expensive it is, the better quality pictures you can take.

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    http://webcam-review.toptenreviews.com/

    This might give you a better understanding of what you're looking for in a webcam.

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