CNET First Look
Creative Live Cam Socialize HD AFWe recommend the Creative Live Cam Socialize HD AF Webcam because it directs attention to the subject while the hardware operates smoothly in the background, allowing you to freely engage in uninterrupted communication with your friends and family.
-Hi, I'm Justin Yu with CNET.com, and this is a first look at the Creative Live! Webcam Socialize HD AF. If you don't already own a computer with a webcam built in, we highly recommend this one, not only because it's affordable but also because the software allows for really fun in-chat graphics and features similar to Apple's Photo Booth app. The camera has an 8-megapixel sensor that lets you take quick snapshots, or you can also use the video function and record up to 720p HD. The camera is made of a plastic bracket that's adaptable for most monitors and laptop screens, but you can also set it on a desk if you want. The front of the camera has a snapshot button that can be customized to either open your frequent chat contacts or take a quick snapshot photo. To install it on your computer, just plug in the opposite end of the cord into any USB port on your computer and install the included Live! Central 3 disc. That software will let you access all the Creative audio and visual effects, and you can even toggle a chat mode that effective resizes the control panel out of the way of your chat. You can set the camera to broadcast whatever quality you want, but we should note a lag in processing at some of the higher HD resolutions. Regardless, the camera is worth the price for the software alone. It lets you make manual image adjustments and the Movie Creator portion helps you edit and upload your video with one click to social networks. You can also tell the camera to track your face and set virtual accessories like hats, mustaches, and glasses. There's also a variety of scenarios and you can even combine effects if you want to look like a space cowboy or something. We had a lot of fun playing around with it and we're sure you will, too. You can read all the details and check out our official CNET rating and the full review, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu and you just took a first look at the Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD AF. Thanks for watching.