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Genius WideCam 1050 Webcam

30fps 1280 X 720 Stand Mar 2014
Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Mount Release Date
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Unboxing - Genius WideCam 1050

12 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this webcam is 82% based on 26 owner reviews.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers reckoned that this webcam was good value for money. Patrick Carroll mentioned “Good value widecam” in his review of the Genius WideCam 1050. Patrick Carroll also said “I needed a wide angle web cam to cover a club meeting held in a home setting, & this one has done the trick at a very good price”. Patrick Carroll also mentioned “It's a good little bit of kit, & auto focus + wide angle seemed difficult to find at a decent price”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of customers who bought it mentioned that it produced a good quality image. One Genius WideCam 1050 owner wrote that it produced clear images. Three years ago Daniel mentioned in his review on Amazon “Clear image.”.

Good Product Quality

Four Genius WideCam 1050 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Amazon Customer scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Genius WideCam 1050 “No more crowding in front of the laptop camera for conference calls! The widecam delivers great image quality”. Big Boiler said on Amazon “Image quality seems decent”. Jack mentioned three years ago “If you are not too worried about the HD quality from a "standard" distance then I recommend this product” in his review.

Easy to Use

Several Genius WideCam 1050 owners wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Matyas wrote on Amazon “Really wide angle camera, perfect to use in the living room, so my family can see the whole room”. Philip mentioned three years ago “Simple to use” in his review.

Good Connectivity

One customer thought the Genius WideCam 1050 was good in terms of USB connections. Daniel mentioned “Too dark by default, with easy USB connectivity and good FPS speed”.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Genius webcams and also specifically for Genius webcams and found that in both cases Genius had good ratings compared to other brands.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Genius WideCam 1050 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other webcams with a built-in microphone currently available including because of it's better review score, the FI8918W[pl_1716234_price], or the FI8909W[pl_1716257_price] both from Foscam or the Microsoft LifeCam Studio[plb_2600530_price].

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many webcams that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Wide Vertical Vewing Angle

At 120 degrees, the WideCam 1050 has a quite wide vertical vewing angle compared to most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the WideCam 1050. Webcams of a comparable age and type to the WideCam 1050 have vertical vewing angles of between 34° and 170°.

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Very Light

The WideCam 1050 is quite light (only 77 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that were launched more than two years ago. Webcams of this age and spec have weights of between 16g and 840g, and the average weight is 190g.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 48 millimeters, the WideCam 1050 is one of the narrower webcams that have been around for around the same time as the WideCam 1050 amongst webcams of this age. The narrowest webcam of a similar age and type to the WideCam 1050 is 33mm wide and the widest is 260mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer who reviewed it said that it did not have good technical guidance. Darkprince mentioned in their Genius WideCam 1050 review three years ago “This was not mentioned in the quick start guide so it could catch people out” .

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The WideCam 1050 does not have a motion detector. Most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the WideCam 1050 also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

The Genius WideCam 1050 is not USB powered, although this is within the context that most of the other webcams of a similar age and spec to the WideCam 1050 are also not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other webcams that have been available for around the same time as the WideCam 1050, the Genius WideCam 1050 does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatible

Most webcams of a similar age and spec to the WideCam 1050 are not Mac compatible. The WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too is not Mac compatible.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The WideCam 1050 does not have a zoom capability. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been available for more than two years also do not have a zoom capability.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a zoom capability and we think the Sony PlayStation Eye[plb_1322154_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The Genius WideCam 1050 is not Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been available for more than two years are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The WideCam 1050 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the WideCam 1050 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The Genius WideCam 1050 does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the WideCam 1050 also do not have a snapshot button.

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Very Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution

The lowest maximum interpolated image resolution of webcams that were released around the same time as the WideCam 1050 is 3MP and the highest is 30MP. With a maximum interpolated image resolution of only 5 megapixels, the Genius WideCam 1050 has one of the lower maximum interpolated image resolutions amongst comparable spec webcams of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Genius WideCam 1050

Released Over Two Years Ago

This webcam was released over two years ago.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the WideCam 1050 has a fairly typical maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the WideCam 1050.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available including because of it's better review score, the FI8909W[pl_1716257_price], or the FI8918W[pl_1716234_price] both from Foscam or the Microsoft LifeCam Studio[plb_2600530_price].

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USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is the most commonly found interface on webcams of a similar spec and age to it.

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Specification

Performance
Maximum Frame Rate
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Vertical Vewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Still Image Resolution
Supported Video Mode
Resolution At Capture Speed
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format Supported
Design
Built-In Microphone
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User Reviews

(13)
Reviewed 1 March 2015 by VOOMVOOM
(Verified Purchase)

Works well but be aware it is very "W I D E" angle, so res looks low.

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by Robert Wojtasik
(Verified Purchase)

Does not worth the money.

Reviewed 3 November 2014 by HasFest
(Verified Purchase)

Exactly as described.

Reviewed 21 September 2014 by Mr. S. A. Mills "Web Cam User"
(Verified Purchase)

Used for daily team meetings. Wide Angle really does a good job of getting everyone around the table in shot.

Reviewed 11 June 2014 by Matyas
(Verified Purchase)

Really wide angle camera, perfect to use in the living room, so my family can see the whole room. It's not perfect to sit before it, as it makes fish eye effect, but perfect if you need to cover a... Read more…

Reviewed 24 February 2014 by Amazon Customer "pjdaman"
(Verified Purchase)

It works as described, a decent enough wide-angle lense webcam. You do get a bit of a fish eye effect, but it's not so bad if you keep it on 720p mode.

Reviewed 2 December 2013 by Jack
(Verified Purchase)

The viewing angle of this camera is huge. If you want a face cam, do not get this product. However if you want to use it for family talks or conferences then it is perfect. Only problem I have... Read more…

Reviewed 20 October 2013 by Big Boiler
(Verified Purchase)

Really wide angle, perhaps even wider than I imagined. Worked out of the box on Ubuntu. Image quality seems decent.

Reviewed 15 July 2013 by Philip
(Verified Purchase)

I chose that rating because the product is ideal for my use,and simple to use.WHAT more is there to say,thank-you.

Reviewed 8 July 2013 by Patrick Carroll "Wolseley Pat"
(Verified Purchase)

I needed a wide angle web cam to cover a club meeting held in a home setting, & this one has done the trick at a very good price. I'd have preferred auto-focus, as initially I've been told from... Read more…

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