Logitech ClickSmart 510 review: Logitech ClickSmart 510

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Solid Webcam; doubles as a digital still camera; rugged body and stand; built-in flash and microphone; easy image transfer; bright optical viewfinder; generous software package.

The Bad No LCD viewfinder; mediocre still image quality.

The Bottom Line This flexible Webcam offers digital-camera convenience at a good price for kids, students, and families.

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Logitech's ClickSmart 510 is a Webcam on steroids. Serving as both a tethered Webcam and a digital point-and-shoot camera, this dual cam takes aim at Net-savvy kids and families who want to create Web content and share snapshots. While not a camera for that once-in-a-lifetime cruise, the ClickSmart 510 is a good value for fun picture-taking on and off your PC. Logitech's ClickSmart 510 is a Webcam on steroids. Serving as both a tethered Webcam and a digital point-and-shoot camera, this dual cam takes aim at Net-savvy kids and families who want to create Web content and share snapshots. While not a camera for that once-in-a-lifetime cruise, the ClickSmart 510 is a good value for fun picture-taking on and off your PC.

Sturdy simplicity
A comfortable and easy-to-use camera, the ClickSmart 510 looks ready to be tossed into a backpack for school or party picture-taking. The rubber accents and rounded plastic body give it a rugged feel, and when the camera is hooked up for Webcam use, its wide base keeps it aimed and steady. With a minimum of controls, taking pictures is pretty simple. The Mode button lets you cycle through icons representing the basic camera functions on a small LCD status screen. You can then change the setting for each function by pressing the Select button until you reach the option you want. It's very straightforward, if a little tedious.

The ClickSmart 510 sports a fixed-focus lens, but you can adjust the focus for nearby and faraway subjects with a simple turn of the ring around the lens. The optical viewfinder is bright and clear, although there's no LCD viewfinder. When using the camera for still shots, you just point and shoot; a loud shutter-release sound effect confirms your shot. Transferring images to your PC is equally easy. The Logitech software is activated by hooking up the ClickSmart 510 with a USB cable and pressing the QuickSync button on the camera, much as you would do with a Palm PDA. You can't miss the button--it flashes blue when the camera is connected to your PC.

Feature flexibility
This dual cam offers more features than your average Webcam but fewer than a full-fledged digital camera. When the camera is untethered, you can choose from three resolution settings for still shots, shoot video with sound, or capture a burst of five frames at a rate of one frame per second. There's a 10-second self-timer, and the built-in flash can be set for automatic, forced, or suppressed operation, although there's unfortunately no red-eye reduction mode. The included 8MB SmartMedia memory card provides more than enough storage for still pictures, though aspiring Spielbergs will want to purchase larger cards for moviemaking.

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Logitech ClickSmart 510

Part Number: 961185-0403
MSRP: $149.95 Low Price: $15.54 See all prices

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  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 0.35 Megapixel / 1.3 Megapixel (interpolated)
    0.35 Megapixel / 1.3 Megapixel (interpolated)