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Genius FaceCam 321 Webcam

8MP 640 X 480 Aug 2012
Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Zoom Capability Release Date
Genius presents a new plug and play VGA webcam, FaceCam 321, providing clear, crisp videos perfect for personal video calling. With 8MP image quality and 3X digital zoom, you get bright, sharp... More
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6 Reasons For

Genius Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Built-in microphone webcams built by Genius have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all webcams (not just built-in microphone webcams) and found that Genius also has good ratings across its entire range.

Mac Compatibility

The FaceCam 321 is mac compatibility. Most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the FaceCam 321 are not mac compatibility.

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 8 megapixels, the FaceCam 321 has a quite high megapixel compared to most of the other webcams of this age and spec. The megapixels of webcams that were released more than two years ago range from 0.1MP to 20MP.

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Has a Zoom Capability

Unlike most of the other built-in microphone webcams that are a comparable age to the FaceCam 321 which do not have a zoom capability, the Genius FaceCam 321 has a zoom capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative webcams with a zoom capability currently available including the Genius FaceCam 1000X[plb_2585528_price] which is cheaper.

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Very Small Minimum Hard Disk Space

Webcams of a similar age and type to the FaceCam 321 have minimum hard disk spaces of between 130MB and 1.5GB. At only 200 megabytes, the FaceCam 321 has a fairly small minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams of this type and age.

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Very Light

The weights of webcams of this spec and age range from 0.35g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 140g. With a weight of only 50 grams, the FaceCam 321 is quite light compared to most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been around for around the same time as the FaceCam 321.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The FaceCam 321 does not have a motion detector. Most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the FaceCam 321 also do not have a motion detector.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the FaceCam 321 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels webcam, which is the most common video resolution.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst video resolution across all webcams that have been on the market for more than two years.

The best video resolution across similar types of webcam is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Not USB Powered

The Genius FaceCam 321 is not USB powered. Most of the other webcams of a similar age and spec to the FaceCam 321 are also not USB powered.

If you would prefer a webcam that is USB powered then you might want to consider the Microsoft LifeCam VX-800[plb_473212_price], or the V7 Vantage Webcam 300[plb_386713_price].

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The Genius FaceCam 321 does not feature face tracking, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the FaceCam 321 also do not feature face tracking.

It is worth also looking at alternative webcams which also feature face tracking including the Acme United CA11[plb_1832181_price].

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of similar spec webcams that have been around for a comparable time to the FaceCam 321 is 2x and the biggest is 10x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the FaceCam 321 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other webcams that are a comparable age to the FaceCam 321.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams of this age and spec do not have a snapshot button. The Genius FaceCam 321 is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a snapshot button to this webcam and we think the APPWC02[pl_464230_price], or the APPWC02W[pl_464235_price] both from Approx is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the FaceCam 321, the FaceCam 321 is not full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most built-in microphone webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the FaceCam 321 do not have a night mode. The FaceCam 321 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other webcams which also have a night mode including the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price].

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Only Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Mac Operating Systems Supported

The FaceCam 321 supports a Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard mac operating systems supported which is newer than most webcams that came out around the same time as it. Most webcams of a comparable age and type to it support a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion mac operating systems supported. In addition, this webcam support Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion mac operating systems supporteds. Webcams of this age and spec mac operating systems supporteds range from Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Genius FaceCam 321

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Genius released the FaceCam 321.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many built-in microphone webcams that were released around the same time as it.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Plug and Play
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Linux Operating Systems Supported
Digital Zoom
Auto Focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Photo Feature
Video Formats Supported
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mounting Type
Colour of Product
Interface
Sensor Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Mac Compatibility
Manual Focus
Optical Drive Required
CD/DVD-ROM Drive Requirement
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Package Dimensions (WxDxH)
Packaging Data
Manual
Bundled Software

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers genius 32200015100, genius 31700007100bpscs28627
Barcodes 00091163240693, 00644535518564, 04710268240693, 05053118727593, 05054242329035, 05054814473784, 05055146642503

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