Ezonics EZCam

The Good Affordable price; decent color rendition; toll-free tech support.

The Bad Doesn't handle low-light situations well; poor focus; very slow frame rate at 640x480-pixel resolution.

The Bottom Line This is an entry-level Webcam that won't win anyone over with its cheap construction and poor image quality, but the price is hard to beat.

Editors' Rating
5.0 Overall

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Review

Ezonics EZCam

The best way to describe the EZCam II USB from Ezonics: it's cheap. It looks cheap, it feels cheap, and its price is cheap--not necessarily a bad thing if you're just looking for basic Webcam fun. But you won't get great image quality with its CMOS sensor, and you'll need your own microphone for videoconferencing.The best way to describe the EZCam II USB from Ezonics: it's cheap. It looks cheap, it feels cheap, and its price is cheap--not necessarily a bad thing if you're just looking for basic Webcam fun. But you won't get great image quality with its CMOS sensor, and you'll need your own microphone for videoconferencing.

Getting what you paid for
Although the EZCam II comes with only a one-page quick-start guide and no user manual, the camera was extremely easy to connect and set up on our Windows 98 SE test bed. However, we weren't so fortunate when we tried installing it on a Windows 98 machine; the drivers on the included CD-ROM and Ezonics's site wouldn't work for us. We called tech support, and after receiving an updated driver and holding a one-hour phone conversation while plodding our way through various workarounds, we finally got the EZCam II up and running.

Once our system recognized the camera, we quickly noticed its weak image quality and resolution support. Technically, the camera's resolution ranges from 160x120 to 640x480, but the maximum useful resolution is 352x288. Dropped frames are a given at 640x480 and occur at any resolution that's more than 352x288.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Ezonics Corporation
  • Color Category white
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 98/2000
  • Weight 0.86 lbs
  • Color white
  • Camera Type web camera
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model Ezonics EZCam II

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