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Genius WideCam 1050
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Genius WideCam 1050 Webcam

5MP 1280 X 720 Stand Mar 2013
Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Mounting Type Release Date
... Genius presents a new webcam to enhance your chatting and video conference experience.This webcam has a ultra wide angle lens up to 120 degrees which lets you see everyone easier.For video... More
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11 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

On average, WideCam 1050 owners rated this webcam 82 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Genius WideCam 1050 reviewers agreed that this webcam was good value for money. Four years ago Patrick Carroll mentioned on Amazon “Good value widecam” in his review. 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 said “It's a good little bit of kit, & auto focus + wide angle seemed difficult to find at a decent price”.

Good Picture Quality

Two customers who reviewed this webcam thought it produced a good quality image. One Genius WideCam 1050 reviewer concluded that this webcam produced clear images. Daniel mentioned “Clear image.”.

Good Product Quality

Several Genius WideCam 1050 reviewers said in their reviews that this webcam was good quality. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “No more crowding in front of the laptop camera for conference calls! The widecam delivers great image quality”. Big Boiler gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Image quality seems decent”. Jack said in his Genius WideCam 1050 review on Amazon “If you are not too worried about the HD quality from a "standard" distance then I recommend this product”.

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. Matyas mentioned three years ago “Really wide angle camera, perfect to use in the living room, so my family can see the whole room” . Philip rated the Genius WideCam 1050 5 stars and he mentioned “Simple to use” in his review of the Genius WideCam 1050.

Good Connectivity

One Genius WideCam 1050 owner wrote in their reviews that this webcam was good in terms of USB connections. Daniel said in his review of the Genius WideCam 1050 four years ago “Too dark by default, with easy USB connectivity and good FPS speed” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Genius Has Good Webcam Reviews

Built-in microphone webcams manufactured by Genius have good ratings on average compared to other brands. 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.

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Quite High Megapixel

Webcams of a comparable age and spec to the WideCam 1050 have megapixels of between 0.1MP and 20MP. With a megapixel of 5 megapixels, the WideCam 1050 has a fairly high megapixel compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the WideCam 1050.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD (£48.99) (8MP and higher rated).

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Quite Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

With a viewing angle, horizontal of 120 degrees, the WideCam 1050 has one of the wider viewing angle, horizontals amongst webcams of this age. Across all the webcams that have been around for around the same time as the WideCam 1050 the viewing angle, horizontals range from 45° to 300°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 96°.

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120 Viewing Angles

The WideCam 1050 is a 120 degrees viewing angle webcam. Most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the WideCam 1050 only have between 54 and 119 viewing angles.

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1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution of the WideCam 1050 is 1280 x 720. That's over three times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 webcam, which is the most common still image resolution. 640 x 480 is also found on this Genius webcam.

A 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all webcams of this type and age.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across similar types of webcam.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Genius WideCam 1050 owner who reviewed the product thought it did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago Darkprince wrote “This was not mentioned in the quick start guide so it could catch people out” in their review but despite that they rated the Genius WideCam 1050 5 stars.

Price Increase of £5.43

The WideCam 1050 has increased in price by £5.43 in the last 51 days.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Most similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the WideCam 1050 do not have a motion detector. The WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too does not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

The WideCam 1050 is not USB powered, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the WideCam 1050 are also not USB powered.

Webcams which are USB powered that might be worth looking at include the Logitech C930e (£77.10).

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the WideCam 1050, the WideCam 1050 does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The WideCam 1050 is not mac compatibility, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the WideCam 1050 are also not mac compatibility.

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Expensive

We think this Genius webcam looks expensive compared to other webcams that have been available for more than two years. The price range of webcams that have been available for more than two years is from £3 to £270.

Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most similar spec webcams that have been around for more than two years do not have a zoom capability. The WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the WideCam 1050, the WideCam 1050 does not have a snapshot button.

It is worth also looking at other webcams which also have a snapshot button including the Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD (£48.99).

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Not Full HD

Most built-in microphone webcams that were launched more than two years ago are not full HD. The Genius WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too is not full HD.

Webcams which are full HD that might also be worth considering include the V7 Professional HD Webcam 720P (£50.99), or the Digital Innovations 4310500 (£41.99); or the Logitech C930e (£77.10).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Genius WideCam 1050 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the WideCam 1050 also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a night mode to this webcam and we think the Belkin NetCam HD (£59.99) is also worth considering.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Genius WideCam 1050

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Genius webcam has been on the market for over three years.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams that have been available for around the same time as it.

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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 are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Plug and Play
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Auto Focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Still Image Resolution(s)
Photo Feature
Video Formats Supported
Supported Video Modes
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mounting Type
Colour of Product
Interface
Sensor Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Manual Focus
Minimum System Requirements
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Package Dimensions (WxDxH)
Viewing Angle
Packaging Data
Manual
Bundled Software
Quantity

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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