Welcome to the world of high
definition webcams and video recording. Gone are the days of
640x480 resolution, slow connections and overall poor quality.
This is where the Live! Cam Connect HD 1080 from Creative comes
into the picture which is not only a high-end webcam but
supports a plethora of interesting features and is even future
Not only does it support 720p
resolutions as a webcam but it allows users to record video at
Full HD 1080p which is ideal for people creating YouTube videos
or general video recording. The camera even supports auto-focus
which means if you move away, the camera will refocus opposed to
just focusing on everything. Audio is also inbuilt into the
camera (dual stereo) which uses crystal voice technology that
reduces background noise and focuses on the voice.
1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels)
30fps @ Full HD 1080p quality
stereo microphones with CrystalVoice™ technology
& chat with Windows®, Mac OSX10.5 and Linux
length: 1.5 meters
Installation of the Connect HD 1080
was a breeze and we tested this camera on both a Windows 7 and
Windows 8 system. Both systems automatically installed the
drivers and we were ready to Skype or use MSN immediately. One
great aspect about the installation is that the camera comes
with a 1.5metre cable which means you can easily move the camera
around. However if you want to use the camera to record video,
you do need to install the software which is called Creative
Live! Central 3.
What I did like about Creative
Live! Central 3, unlike the Logitech software package was that
it was more user friendly and supported more features. The
software allows for easy online sharing to sites such as YouTube
and Facebook and even a movie creator with special effects. We
loved the ability to change your voices... Taken 2 anyone?
have been considering making a live vodcast for some time now
and this camera would be perfect. Parents can also rest assured
that their children will not get into trouble with this camera
as it comes with parental control. Simply password the camera
and this prevent any unauthorised usage on your PC.
In terms of video quality, the
Connect HD 1080 boasts sharp images, great focusing and vibrant
colours. We enjoyed the auto-focus feature of the cam and even in
low light, it kept focus rather well. In low lighting
situations, the camera even has the ability to automatically
increase the brightness/contrast of your room.
Audio is equally
as good thanks to the Crystal Voice technology used by the
camera. More often than not, it did not pick up that much
background sound and if it did, it was relatively low.
Another cool aspect of the Connect
HD 1080 is that it comes with surveillance software. I loved
that this feature is included with the camera and basically
allows you to monitor your room/office from anywhere in the
world via another PC/Mac or Smartphone.
The Creative Live! Connect HD 1080
is a very powerful webcam that goes beyond what these camera can
do. With easy installation and setup, great quality with
audio/video, there's actually no issues with this camera
whatsoever. Best of all, it's quite affordably priced at just
$99AUD (Oct 2012) which is on par with some Logitech cameras. However like
we said, the software is more powerful and surveillance is
included. If you're looking for a high-end webcam that is quite
affordable than the Creative Live! Connect HD 1080 is it!