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Genius WideCam 1050
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Genius WideCam 1050 Webcam

1280 X 720 Stand USB 2.0 Mar 2014
Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Mounting Type Interface Release Date
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Genius Webcams Have Good Reviews

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

Very Wide Viewing Angle, Vertical

The Genius WideCam 1050 has one of the widest viewing angle, verticals (120 degrees) amongst built-in microphone webcams of this age. The narrowest viewing angle, vertical of webcams of this age and type is 29° and the widest is 120°.

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Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

The narrowest viewing angle, horizontal of webcams of this age and type is 45° and the widest is 300°. With a viewing angle, horizontal of 120 degrees, the WideCam 1050 has a quite wide viewing angle, horizontal compared to most of the other built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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1280×720@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Genius WideCam 1050 has a 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed which is better than the 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed found on most webcams of a comparable spec and age to it.

A 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed is actually the best resolution at capture speed across all webcams that are a similar age to the WideCam 1050.

The worst resolution at capture speed across comparable types of webcam is 640x480@30fps.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The WideCam 1050 does not have a motion detector, although this is within the context that most of the other webcams of a similar age and spec to the WideCam 1050 also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Most built-in microphone webcams that were launched around the same time as the WideCam 1050 are not USB powered. The Genius WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too is not USB powered.

If you would prefer a webcam that is USB powered then you might also want to look at the Logitech C930e[plb_363535_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Expensive

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

Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Most similar spec webcams that have been around for a comparable time to the WideCam 1050 do not feature face tracking. The Genius WideCam 1050 is no exception to this as it too does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The Genius WideCam 1050 is not mac compatibility. Most of the other webcams of this age and type are also not mac compatibility.

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Very Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution

The lowest maximum interpolated image resolution of built-in microphone webcams that have been around for around the same time as the WideCam 1050 is 1.3MP, the highest is 30MP, and the average maximum interpolated image resolution is 9.3MP. With a maximum interpolated image resolution of only 5 megapixels, the Genius WideCam 1050 has one of the lower maximum interpolated image resolutions amongst similar spec webcams of this age.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The WideCam 1050 does not have a zoom capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams of this type and age also do not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams of a similar type and age to the WideCam 1050 do not have a snapshot button. The Genius WideCam 1050 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 Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD[plb_1479217_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the WideCam 1050, the Genius WideCam 1050 is not full HD.

Webcams which are full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Logitech C930e[plb_363535_price] or the V7 Professional HD Webcam 720P[plb_1508635_price], or the Digital Innovations 4310500[plb_2100127_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The WideCam 1050 does not have a night mode. Most of the other similar spec webcams that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a night mode and we think the Belkin NetCam HD[plb_1580906_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Genius WideCam 1050

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Genius released the WideCam 1050.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many similar spec webcams that have been available for more than two years.

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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 built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Performance
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Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Still Image Resolution(s)
Supported Video Modes
Resolution At Capture Speed
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mounting Type
Colour of Product
Interface
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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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