Creative WebCam Go review: Creative WebCam Go

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Works harder to be a decent digital still camera than other Webcams.

The Bad Image quality is slightly subpar.

The Bottom Line Try this camera on for size if you want the convenience of digital stills and a Webcam in one handy device.

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The $129 WebCam Go is a clever, dual-purpose device that shoots as a digital camera and yet functions quite well as a Web camera. By itself, the WebCam Go is a 6-ounce, handheld, battery-powered VGA (640 by 480 pixel) digital camera that you can tote around to shoot photos anywhere. But when you attach it to the computer with a 3-foot USB cable, the WebCam Go transforms into an efficient, easy-to-operate Web camera. The $129 WebCam Go is a clever, dual-purpose device that shoots as a digital camera and yet functions quite well as a Web camera. By itself, the WebCam Go is a 6-ounce, handheld, battery-powered VGA (640 by 480 pixel) digital camera that you can tote around to shoot photos anywhere. But when you attach it to the computer with a 3-foot USB cable, the WebCam Go transforms into an efficient, easy-to-operate Web camera.

The WebCam Go's long, tapered, dark grey plastic body has two curved, rubberized strips on the bottom that help keep the camera from sliding off the top of a monitor. The lens swivels 90 degrees so that you can point the camera in the correct direction. The WebCam Go is simple to set up, but clips or a tripod socket would make it easier to aim the camera precisely at the area you want to cover.

The Webcam
Once we had the camera properly aimed, we found it quite versatile and simple to use. The bundled software employs easily understandable rollover buttons and clickable options to choose preferences and capture images. There's a great deal of control possible, and it includes tools for image and video editing, teleconferencing, and emailing.

The Digital Camera
Unplug the WebCam Go, fold the lens head into the body of the camera, and it's ready to hit the road as a digital still camera. On its back, you'll find a tiny, round LCD and three buttons: On, Off, and Mode. The camera is powered by two triple-A alkaline batteries, which are good for about 300 shots (this battery power doesn't compare well to that of digital cameras, many of which usually take closer to 1,000 pictures before dying). The WebCam Go saves images to its 4MB of internal RAM--there's no provision for removable memory cards--which holds from 92 to 460 color shots, depending upon the resolution and compression levels you set when the camera is tethered to the computer.

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Where to Buy

Creative WebCam Go

Part Number: 5068601000

MSRP: $149.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Camera Type web camera
  • Type Drivers & Utilities