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Hercules HD Sunset Webcam

5MP 1280 X 720 Jul 2011
Built-In Microphone Megapixel Face Tracking Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
Impeccable HD 720p quality for your video chat sessions, and photos!- Guaranteed HD 720p quality, even in low-light conditions- Video resolution: 1280 x 720- Photo resolution: 5 megapixels... More
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4 Reasons For

Features Face Tracking

The Hercules HD Sunset features face tracking, which is unusual. Most of the other built-in microphone webcams that came out more than two years ago do not feature face tracking.

There are a number of other webcams which feature face tracking currently available that you might want to consider including the C310[pl_265576_price], or the C910[pl_377024_price] both from Logitech or the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000[plb_598566_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 5 megapixels, the Hercules HD Sunset has a fairly high megapixel compared to most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the HD Sunset. Webcams that were released more than two years ago have megapixels of between 0.1MP and 20MP.

We compared all the other 5MP webcams to this webcam and we think the C170[pl_824911_price], and the B990[pl_746748_price] both from Logitech or the Hercules HD Twist[plb_365539_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this webcam megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Creative Labs Live! Cam Chat HD[plb_1479412_price] (5.7MP and higher rated), the Genius FaceCam 321[plb_1787710_price] (8MP and higher rated), or the LogiLink UA0172[plb_1864970_price] (8MP and higher rated).

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Good Brand

Average ratings across all Hercules webcams are good, however average ratings across just Hercules's built-in microphone webcams are unexceptional.

Quite Long Cable Length

With a cable length of 1.8 meters, the HD Sunset has a quite long cable length compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the HD Sunset. The shortest cable length of built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago is 0.7m and the longest is 3.4m.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This built-in microphone webcam received an expert rating of 50 out of 100 from diskidee.nl. The webcam expert review sites don't rate this Hercules webcam very highly.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams of this type and age, the HD Sunset does not have a motion detector.

There are a number of other webcams which also have a motion detector that you might want to look at including the C270[pl_37101_price], the C170[pl_824911_price], or the C615[pl_838859_price] all from Logitech which is also higher rated.

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Not USB Powered

The Hercules HD Sunset is not USB powered, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams that were released around the same time as the HD Sunset are also not USB powered.

If you want a webcam that is USB powered then you might want to look at the C270[pl_37101_price], or the C170[pl_824911_price] both from Logitech or the Cisco PrecisionHD[plb_1506318_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The HD Sunset is not mac compatibility, although keep in mind that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago are also not mac compatibility.

Webcams which are mac compatibility that might also be worth looking at include the C910[pl_377024_price], or the C300[pl_446165_price] both from Logitech or the LogiLink UA0075[plb_141810_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution

The HD Sunset has a quite low maximum interpolated image resolution (only 5 megapixels) compared to most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been available for more than two years. Webcams of a similar age and type to the HD Sunset have maximum interpolated image resolutions of between 1.3MP and 30MP.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most webcams that are a similar age to the HD Sunset do not have a zoom capability. The HD Sunset is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a zoom capability to this webcam and we think the Zalman ZM-PC100[plb_3076718_price], the HP Deluxe[plb_1498314_price], or the Advent AWC213[plb_2665931_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The HD Sunset does not have a snapshot button, although this is within the context that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that were launched around the same time as the HD Sunset also do not have a snapshot button.

It is worth considering other webcams which also have a snapshot button including the C250[pl_101761_price], or the Pro9000 [pl_546300_price] both from Logitech or the Approx APPWC03HD[plb_2432073_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

Most comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to the HD Sunset are not full HD. The Hercules HD Sunset is no exception to this as it too is not full HD.

If you are looking for a webcam that is full HD then you might also want to look at the Genius FaceCam 2020[plb_2797352_price], the Cisco PrecisionHD[plb_1506318_price], or the Rocksoul WK-106[plb_1988641_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Hercules HD Sunset does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that were launched around the same time as the HD Sunset also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative webcams which also have a night mode including the LogiLink WC0022[plb_1373408_price], the Tenda C30[plb_2035291_price], or the T'nB NIGHTY480[plb_2164931_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

At 300 megabytes, the HD Sunset has a fairly big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the HD Sunset. Across all the comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago the minimum hard disk spaces range from 130MB to 1.5GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 350MB.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Hercules HD Sunset

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this built-in microphone webcam was released.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams that have been available for a comparable time to 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Face Tracking
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Noise Reduction
Digital Zoom
Multi Burst Mode
Normal Focusing Range
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Colour of Product
Interface
LED Indicators
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Other Features
Optical Drive Required
Compatible Operating Systems
CD/DVD-ROM Drive Requirement
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Packaging Data
Laptop Clamp
CRT Stand
LCD Clamp
Desktop Stand
Bundled Software

Expert Reviews

(1)
23 December 2011

Ui­ter­lijk is de Her­cu­les HD Sunset bijna iden­tiek aan de eerder be­spro­ken Her­cu­les Dualpix HD720p Emotion. De in­stal­la­tie van de mee­ge­le­ver­de soft­wa­re verliep...

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00012302663081, 00012951709024, 00072091538502, 00080000381958, 00088020526465, 00151902997711, 00151903412244, 00163120263066, 00663296416803, 03362934742881

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