Creative Go Plus review: Creative Go Plus

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
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The Good Myriad photo modes; innovative audio-record feature.

The Bad Grainy, poor-quality images; complex software interface; no flash.

The Bottom Line Although this camera is feature rich, its image quality--the main thing you'd be looking for--is substandard.

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When the first WebCam Go was released, it was a neat idea that lacked quality images. However, the unique crossbred nature of the camera--a fully functional Webcam that, when unplugged, could function as a simple digital camera--was intriguing and won points from us. However, when we fast-forward about a year, today's WebCam Go Plus leaves us, well, nonplussed in the face of other Webcams now available. When the first WebCam Go was released, it was a neat idea that lacked quality images. However, the unique crossbred nature of the camera--a fully functional Webcam that, when unplugged, could function as a simple digital camera--was intriguing and won points from us. However, when we fast-forward about a year, today's WebCam Go Plus leaves us, well, nonplussed in the face of other Webcams now available.

Picture Imperfect
Yanking the USB camera from the PC, we produced images that were only a slight improvement over the original--but that isn't saying much. With 6MB of memory, the WebCam Go Plus can store more than 200 images at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels and more than 400 images at 320 by 240. In addition, Creative Labs' innovative audio-recording feature lets you annotate your shots. But do you really need a narrator for your JPEG slide shows? The downside of this camera, though, is that all our test images were dark, grainy, and almost unusable--a direct result of the lack of a flashbulb. But the curse of not having a flash is hardly new to these hybrid cameras.

Option Heavy
The WebCam Go Plus has an encouraging set of bullet points. Sporting single-shot, multiple-shot, and timed single- and multiple-shot modes, along with its unique, built-in, voice-recording mode, this camera doesn't leave you lacking options. But with such a wide array of selections, odds are that there will be a lot of head-scratching while attempting to navigate the controls.

Thankfully, you also get a sizable collection of software thrown into the mix to alleviate the pain of your confusion. ArcSoft PhotoImpression 2000 and VideoImpression are used to capture and manipulate still and video images, and both are simple to comprehend. But because of the WebCam Go Plus's poor video quality, you shouldn't expect your next video project to receive any praise at Sundance.

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Creative Go Plus

Part Number: 5071501000

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Camera Type web camera
  • Total Pixels 640 x 480 pixels
  • Type Drivers & Utilities