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Creative Live! Cam Voice

The Cam Voice features as many as two microphones to support the exclusive technology called Adaptive Array Microphone. This feature helps identify and remove undesired background noises to achieve the maximum purity of the reproduction of your voice. It also helpful when you are using your audio/video communication tools in a noisy environment. Both microphones are placed on the front piece of the camera and are thus always oriented in the direction of the camera’s “eye”.

Two built-in mics

If you need more privacy, you can use the hands-free headset, consisting of a headphone and microphone, which is included into the kit.

The camera is powered by the USB port, like the other cameras in this review. There is a LED indicator at the bottom of its front panel which shines in red when the camera is on and working and in green when the camera is idle. The camera is turned on and initialized automatically (when you launch the control application WebCam Center) or manually (when you press the button on its top, which opens the control application, too).

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The fastening mechanism keeps the camera steady on a flat surface as well as on a vertical rib (of an LCD monitor or a notebook’s lid). There is a hinge in the base that permits to direct the lens almost anywhere you like.

The Cam Voice is equipped with a wide-angle objective (an 85-degree visual field) and a 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The real (physical) resolution of the camera is 1280x960 pixels while its interpolated resolution when capturing a still frame is 2560x1920 pixels. Note that you cannot set a frame rate higher than 12fps at the maximum resolution whereas the human eye perceives movement on the screen as smooth only at a frame rate of higher than 18fps. In the 640x480 mode the camera ensures a standard 30fps.

I guess many users are going to like the Smart Face Tracking feature that is automatically tracking the user’s movements (unless the user disappears completely from the camera’s field of) and scales up the face only, using a fourfold software zoom.

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