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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 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

This webcam received a "Great Buy" award from Hard-h2o.com.

Nice Design

One Hercules Optical Glass owner who purchased it said that it was luxurious.

Reasonably Priced

One person who reviewed this webcam thought it was cheap. Itreviews.com mentioned in their Hercules Optical Glass review six years ago “Hercules' Webcam Deluxe Optical Glass is a solid budget webcam, particularly suited to low light use” .

Robust

One Hercules Optical Glass reviewer said in their reviews that it was well made.

Features Face Tracking

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

There are a number of alternative webcams which feature face tracking currently available which you might also want to consider including the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000, the Thrustmaster Optical Glass, or the Sweex WC350 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Optical Glass has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of a similar age and spec to the Optical Glass also have a built-in microphone.

There are a number of other webcams with a built-in microphone currently available which you might also want to consider including the Logitech C250, the LogiLink UA0155, or the Gembird CAM82U which has better reviews.

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Good Brand

Webcams manufactured by Hercules have an average rating of 71 out of 100, which is in the top 87% of all webcam brands that we have assessed.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The Hercules Optical Glass does not have a motion detector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams of this type and age also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

The Optical Glass is not USB powered. Most of the other webcams of this age and type are also not USB powered.

Webcams which are USB powered that might be worth looking at include the C250, or the 960-000271 both from Logitech or the Mediatech MT4030K which also has a higher rating.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The Hercules Optical Glass is not mac compatibility, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the Optical Glass are also not mac compatibility.

Webcams which are mac compatibility that might also be worth looking at include the LogiLink UA0075, the Logitech C300, or the A4Tech PK-635 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The Optical Glass does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the Optical Glass also do not have a snapshot button.

We think you might also be interested in other webcams which also have a snapshot button including the Logitech C250, the HP KQ245AA, or the M-Cab 7009029 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The Optical Glass does not have a zoom capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other low megapixel webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the Optical Glass also do not have a zoom capability.

There are a number of alternative webcams which also have a zoom capability that you might also want to consider including the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000, the Mediatech MT4030K, or the Advent AWC213 which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Webcams that were launched more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 2x and 10x, and the average digital zoom is 4.6x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Optical Glass has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel webcams that were launched around the same time as the Optical Glass.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Optical Glass does not have a night mode. Most of the other webcams of this age and spec 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 (£18.99), the PLCM21, or the PLCM22IR all from Pyle which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The Optical Glass is not full HD. Most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the Optical Glass are also not full HD.

Webcams which are full HD that might also be worth considering include the Thrustmaster Link, the Hama Digital Eye II PRO, or the Sweex WC350 which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

Across all the webcams of a comparable spec and age to the Optical Glass the minimum hard disk spaces range from 130MB to 1.6GB. The Optical Glass has one of the bigger minimum hard disk spaces (300 megabytes) amongst low megapixel webcams of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Hercules Optical Glass

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The Hercules Optical Glass has a fairly typical maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that have been around for more than two years.

Other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Pyle PLCM19 (£18.99), the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 (£17.40), or the Logitech B500 (£15.00).

If this low megapixel webcam maximum frame rate is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Gembird CAM0360U-1 (£14.90) (60fps), or the Konig CMP-WEBCAM3D10 (£10.31) (60fps) which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This low megapixel webcam has been on the market for over five years.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams that are a comparable age to it.

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800 X 600 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Optical Glass is 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
Maximum Frame Rate
Face Tracking
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Digital Zoom
Multi Burst Mode
Design
Built-In Microphone
Colour of Product
Interface
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Other Features
Connection to PC
Manual Focus
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

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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Barcodes 00031112757520, 00071030174764, 00663296416926, 03362934742928, 06632964169260

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