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Hercules Optical Glass
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Hercules Optical Glass Webcam

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1.3MP 30fps Jul 2011
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Face Tracking Release Date
- GA sensor with glass lens: for the best optical performance, and even clearer images!- 4 lighting diodes for clear, bright images - even in low light- Video resolution: 800*600- Photo... More
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7 Reasons For

One Industry Award

Hard-h2o.com gave this webcam a "Great Buy" award.

Nice Design

One Hercules Optical Glass reviewer who bought the Hercules Optical Glass considered that it was luxurious.

Reasonably Priced

One Hercules Optical Glass reviewer considered that the product was cheap. Itreviews.com mentioned on expert review site IT Reviews.com “Hercules' Webcam Deluxe Optical Glass is a solid budget webcam, particularly suited to low light use”.

Robust

One Hercules Optical Glass owner who reviewed it said that it was well made.

Features Face Tracking

Unlike most of the other low megapixel count webcams that are a comparable age to the Optical Glass which do not feature face tracking, the Optical Glass features face tracking.

We compared all the other webcams which feature face tracking to this webcam and we think the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000[plb_598566_price], the Thrustmaster Optical Glass[plb_1043509_price], and the Sweex WC350[plb_1842912_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other low megapixel count webcams that are a similar age to the Optical Glass, the Hercules Optical Glass has 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 the 960-000842-981-000094[pl_3238822_price], or the 3000[pl_961324_price] both from Logitech or the HP KQ245AA[plb_1479494_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Long Cable Length

The cable lengths of webcams of a comparable age and spec to the Optical Glass range from 0.73m to 5.7m. At 1.8 meters, the Optical Glass has a fairly long cable length compared to most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

We checked the expert and user reviews of hundreds of webcams to determine an average rating for each webcam brand. On average webcams from Hercules have unexceptional reviews from experts and owners.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the Optical Glass, the Optical Glass does not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Most similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the Optical Glass are not USB powered. The Hercules Optical Glass is no exception to this as it too is not USB powered.

Webcams which are USB powered that might also be worth looking at include the C300[pl_446165_price], or the 3000[pl_961324_price] both from Logitech or the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000[plb_598566_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Mac Compatible

Most webcams of this type and age are not Mac compatible. The Optical Glass is no exception to this as it too is not Mac compatible.

If you want a webcam that is Mac compatible then you might want to consider the LogiLink UA0075[plb_141810_price], the Logitech C300[plb_446165_price], or the Creative Labs inPerson Live Connect HD[plb_1350894_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most comparable spec webcams that were launched more than two years ago do not have a snapshot button. The Optical Glass is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

We think you might also be interested in other webcams which also have a snapshot button including the C250[pl_101761_price], or the C600[pl_497439_price] both from Logitech or the Tracer Gizmo[plb_1994550_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most webcams that have been around for around the same time as the Optical Glass do not have a zoom capability. The Hercules Optical Glass is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a zoom capability and we think the iMicro CAM-IMC626[plb_2269735_price], the Advent AWC213[plb_2665931_price], or the HP KQ245AA[plb_1479494_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Webcams that were launched more than two years ago have digital zoom of between 2x and 10x. The Optical Glass has one of the smaller digital zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec webcams of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Optical Glass does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the Optical Glass also do not have a night mode.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a night mode and we think the PLCM19[pl_101449_price], the PLCM21[pl_101453_price], or the PLCM22IR[pl_101457_price] all from Pyle which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

Most webcams that have been around for around the same time as the Optical Glass are not Full HD. The Optical Glass is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Webcams which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Thrustmaster Link[plb_1043506_price], the Creative Labs inPerson Live Connect HD[plb_1350894_price], or the Logitech TV Cam HD[plb_1515821_price] which also has a higher rating.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Hercules Optical Glass

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the Optical Glass has a relatively typical maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the Optical Glass.

Alternative 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available which you might also want to consider include the LifeCam Cinema[pl_85750_price], or the LifeCam HD-3000[pl_640166_price] both from Microsoft or the Logitech C600[plb_497439_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a higher maximum frame rate then you might also want to look at the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] (60fps), or the Konig CMP-WEBCAM3D10[plb_1343171_price] (60fps) which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this low megapixel count webcam was released.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many similar spec webcams that were launched more than two years ago.

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800 X 600 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Optical Glass has a maximum video resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. That's 56% more video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Face Tracking
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Digital Zoom
Multi Burst Mode
Design
Built-In Microphone
Colour
Interface
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Other Features
Connection to PC
Manual Focus
Optical Drive Requirement
Operating System
CD/DVD-ROM Drive Requirement
USB Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Packaging Data
Laptop Clamp
CRT Stand
LCD Clamp
Desktop Stand
Bundled Software

1 Award

hard-h2o.com Great Buy

Expert Reviews

6 March 2011

The technology may be far from ground-breaking, but Hercules' Webcam Deluxe Optical Glass is a solid budget webcam, particularly suited to low light use. As an entry-level unit, or one for...

5 December 2007

En los últimos tiempos, Hercules ha lanzado una serie de modelos de cámara web con los que ha dejado un estupendo sabor de boca. Así, no nos hemos sentido defraudados con la Deluxe Optical...

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29 August 2011

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12 June 2009

Videotelefonie: früher Domäne teurer Spezialausrüstung ? heute ist es mit DSL-Flatrate, PC und Webcam ein günstiger Spaß für jedermann. Wie gut sich die ?Webcam Deluxe Optical Glass? von... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00031112757520, 00071030174764, 00663296416926, 03362934742928, 06632964169260

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