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Logitech 2 MP Webcam Pro 9000 with Built-in Microphone

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Ultra-smooth AutoFocus with Carl Zeiss lens system for sharper, fluid video
  • HD video recording and 2-megapixel sensor capture detailed 16 x 9 widescreen videos and up to 8-megapixel photos
  • RightLight2 Technology adjusts brightness for perfect images, even in dim light
  • Premium built-in microphone with RightSound Technology for crystal-clear conversations

Product Description
Interact with family living abroad in razor-sharp quality with this Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 webcam!Thanks to its Carl Zeiss optics with premium autofocus and native 2 MP HD sensor, the 960-000577 webcam lets you look at the world with crystal clear video. Plus, the Webcam Pro 9000 lets you take snapshots at up to 8 MP (software enhanced).With Logitech Vid, video calling is free, fast and easy for you and anyone you want to talk to. It’s built into your webcam setup… More >>


Logitech 2 MP Webcam Pro 9000 with Built-in Microphone

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5 Responses to “Logitech 2 MP Webcam Pro 9000 with Built-in Microphone”
  1. Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZL1AFCPWY5BZ The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 is one of the better webcams I have had the opportunity to use over the years. Its stylish design fits easily on top of my LCD screen, while its functionality and features continue to impress. However, Vista functionality can be an adventure at a few times.

    First, let’s talk about the good — picture quality. Let me put it to you think way: This webcam works better than my high priced Sony Camcorder at picking up video in low-light settings. I was simply amazed the first time I used it in a room with compact flourescents in the middle of the night and had such remarkable clarity and picture quality. Logitech credits this ability with something they call RightLight technology (in the video review I get it backwards — sorry Logitech!). Whatever you want to call it, it’s one of the features that definitely makes this webcam stand above the rest.

    Next, the optics themselves are impressive. The 9000 utilized Carl Zeiss optics and you can tell the difference between this webcam and others. If you want to find out what makes Carl Zeiss optics so good, I encourage you to do a quick internet search or visit Wikipedia to look it up. It’s hard to describe in text how this optics setup helps — this is definitely something you have to see to believe.

    Overall, I found it worked well with all the major instant messaging applications — AOL, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo. It also worked very well as a stand-alone camera taking incredible video and decent still shots — but remember, if you want to take a lot of still shots the quality you get from a product like this is fair at best compared to what you will get with a decent digital camera.

    Now, let’s talk about a few things that weren’t so good about this webcam. The biggest struggle I had was with Windows Vista. Even though the box proclaims it is certified for Vista, I had numerous driver issues. The Logitech 9000 worked in Vista just fine, but for some reason at random intervals it wanted to re-install its drivers. One thing you should know if you purchase this camera is that when installing it you will want to make sure you have the installation program check for updates. I found there were two driver updates for the camera during install. However, even with these updates I continue to have that random re-installation issue.

    The “helper application” that comes with the 9000 lets you do a lot of things — such as configure the webcam, add effects, etc. Although I had no problem configuring it I never got the effects to work. However, this wasn’t a big deal for me as I have no use for the special effects.

    Overall, if you are looking for a quality webcam that can produce terrific results I highly recommend the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000. Just be aware of potential Vista issues (which hopefully Logitech will solve). Other than that it’s so easy to use even beginners to computers will be able to get it up and running in no time. A quality webcam at a good price considering all of its features.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. RLC says:

    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1QQKFQETXGYLZ UPDATE: LATEST SOFTWARE RELEASE IS BUGGY! Watch Video

    Also, I use this webcam to film beauty related reviews on youtube.

    For those of you who’ve had issue with this cam, or those who’ve heard bad things about this camera; watch the video. I’m no public speaker by any means, but I think it’s worth watching so you can get the best out of your new or potentially new webcam.

    UPDATE: LATEST Software is Buggy! Watch Video

    If you didnt watch the video or want a summary of what I stated in the video, I’ll restate the main points below:

    1. Always install the appropriate drivers from their logitech site. Often, the drivers on the disc are outdated.

    2. Open up the Logitech Quickcam Vision for Enterprises software either through Start>All Programs>Logitech or just click on the icon provided on the desktop if there is one.

    3. Unclick both Rightlight Automatic Settings(the eye picture icon) and Automatic Settings for Gain and Exposure(the owl picture icon). You can all find this under the gears icon. You can then adjust the bars left to right (especially exposure and gain) accordingly.

    4. Under the camera picture icon in the software, you can also adjust for manual/auto focus, brightness, contrast, color, and white balance.

    Doing all of this will raise your picture frame rate and minimize any blurring from motion.

    Don’t ever worry how you’ll mess the camera settings up. If you first don’t succeed at what you want, you can always re-click auto settings and start all over. Personally, I find it kind of entertaining when I mess around with it!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. This review is for the benefit of Mac users, not Windows. I bought the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision to choose a web camera for an iMac G5 2.0GHz, the generation immediately before the G5 iMac with the built-in iSight camera. And I’m running Mac OS X 10.5.1, the most updated (to date) Leopard. There is currently a camera for sale at Apple retail stores that is labeled the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision MP, for Macs. It is the same hardware as the Ultra Vision and Ultra Vision SE for Windows; all the Ultra Vision cameras differ only in cosmetics, color–they’re all the same hardware.

    On a Mac, the cameras both run on the built-in Apple drivers. There are no Logitech drivers, no Logitech software. Therefore none of the Logitech special effects or light and sound management that the box lists work for Mac users. No autofocus, no RightLight2, no RightSound. Kind of a drag. In addition, there is no ability to manage color, light balance, etc., from any operating system software on the Mac or from Logitech. This is pure plug-and-play, and you get only the most basic functionality: The camera and microphone work (not sure about quality of sound on receiving end) to deliver picture and sound, neither tunable with what is in the box.

    What the two cameras have in common is that they work for Mac users. According to what I’ve read, any camera that is labeled as Microsoft Windows Vista-compatible or UVC (USB Video Class) will work just as these do in Mac OS X, with this prereq: You have to have OS X 10.4.9 minimum. Tiger (OS X 10.4) is currently at 10.4.11; Leopard is at 10.5.1. Both will support video and sound on UVC cameras.

    That said, the Pro 9000 and Ultra Vision differ in some significant ways. The focus on the Pro 9000 (P9K hereafter) is tighter than on the Ultra Vision (UV hereafter). The focus on the UV is comparatively lower in resolution; you can see jaggies on straight lines on either camera, but they’re pretty visible on the UV, and you have to look for them on the P9K. I would say the P9K is definitely superior, and neither is as good as the iSight cameras built into any of the current Mac lines (but then, if you had a Mac with iSight, you wouldn’t be reading this). The P9K’s resolution is finer than the UV.

    As to color I would say that if I could have a compromise between the two cameras, the UV and the Pro 9000, it would be better than either. The Pro 9000 color/exposure is a bit washed out; the UV is a bit dim. E.g., a blue pinpoint oxford shirt looks barely blue on the Pro 9000, and much more saturated on the UV. The entirety of the UV’s color tilts heavily toward blue, while the Pro 9000 goes more toward yellow. (I would be curious to know if the color balance varies by model or by individual camera. I’d also love to see if other brands, say, Creative Labs, differ too.) Both cameras adjust to changing light, but in low light the Pro 9000 is not just a little but significantly better; in very low light, the UV nearly blacks out, while screen light is enough for the PK9 to deliver a passable image, albeit with low frame rate and lots and lots of motion blur.

    Note that on a G5 or earlier (any non-Intel Mac), the support for iChat and PhotoBooth’s effects is limited–specifically, they’ll do the first two panels (color effects, including charcoal, Andy Warhol-ish, X-ray, B/W, sepia, and the pinch, swirl, and similar effects), but none of the backdrop effects, either still or moving.

    I found both to work with iChat, PhotoBooth, Skype, and several of the shareware camera apps available. So I would say they work, period.

    While neither Apple nor Logitech provides much more support for cameras, eCamm.com has a bevy of camera titles that provide extra power for web cameras on non-Intel Mac hardware. iGlasses, PowerBoost, and a couple other titles provide color tuning, restore some of the effects capabilities that PPC Macs don’t get in iChat and PhotoBooth, and provide recordability with QuickTime output. They do good work. iGlasses provides some control over brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, gamma, sharpness, gain, white balance. I didn’t find these to really improve the images on the P9K, but they did help the UV. Once you get a camera, you may want to get some of eCamm’s software.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. TheBandit says:

    Having never owned – or even so much as used – a webcam prior to this, I don’t have much point of reference. That said, the installation of this product couldn’t have been any easier. On my older desktop system, the installation only took a few minutes. The laptop I have is much newer, and the software installed even faster. Absolutely trouble-free, and within minutes I had a picture on screen and was able to take photos and make videos.

    The adjustable clip on the back of the camera is very effective – it doubles as a stand, which came in handy on my bulky old non-flat screen monitor. On my laptop screen it was just as handy, resting firmly in place at the top of the screen.

    I was truly impressed by the video quality. Again, I’ve never owned a webcam previously, but I’ve viewed many webcam videos posted on websites – and I was aware that the image quality ran the gamut. The lens on this webcam produces a very sharp, detailed image. Even in relatively low-lighting, the picture wasn’t bad at all. On my several years old desktop, the image didn’t keep up with the movements very well – moving my head from side to side, for instance, resulted in quite a blur. But on my newer laptop, that blur was reduced extremely – the movements registered in more or less real-time. The auto-focus feature seems to do it’s job pretty well, and makes operation very simple.

    The audio quality was definitely less impressive than the picture – but it was right in line with what I expected for a little tiny built-in microphone. Loud noises clip and/or distort – I tried playing my saxophone and the result wasn’t listenable (though some would say that’s due to my playing ability). Yelling, or even extremely loud talking, clips. But all things considered, when remaining at a distance of a couple feet and talking at a normal, even volume – the audio quality was very acceptable.

    I got a kick out of the various visual features. There are a bunch of filters – my favorite is the ’50s style, creating a vintage black-and-white scratched up film look. Neonize was a trip – darkening everything on screen except for neon-colored borders to everything. The ‘ghost’ filter gives a blurred tracer effect to all movement. I don’t know how much need I’ll have for these, but they’re fun to mess around with. There are also a bunch of options to change the look of your face on-screen – including ‘robot face’ which makes you look like a cyborg or something. I don’t honestly know what the ‘avatar’ feature was supposed to do – I aligned my face within the red box like it said to, but nothing really happened ever once I initiated the feature…

    Bottom line – speaking for total, complete, 100% webcam novices like myself: this is a quality webcam that I could not imagine being easier to use. The video quality is top-notch. My biggest criticism – and this is actually kind of minor – is the utter lack of a storage case or pouch for the webcam. I don’t plan to leave mine out all the time and I’d like to keep the lens (rightfully rated highly) in good shape. For the time being, I’m actually putting it back in the box but even a cheap felt pouch would’ve been nice.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. fredtownward says:

    Despite being a computer programmer for… longer than I can now apparently remember, I have never been someone with much desire to be on the leading edge of computer technology. Let somebody else try it out, help work out the bugs, and come up with a convincing argument for why I need such and such a thing, and I’ll THINK about it… for a few years. Thus, I was late to get on the Internet, late to buy a home computer, and laughed out loud at the thought I might ever want or need a web cam… until now.

    As a still camera, the QuickCam Pro 9000 can take better pictures than my old and long gone digital camera, though at maximum resolution you’d better content yourself with emailing them one at a time. However, it is not a complete substitute for it because even with a very long extension cord that desktop will get heavy in a hurry.

    As a video camera, the QuickCam Pro 9000 is truly amazing! At maximum resolution people only familiar with older generation web cams will be openmouthed with astonishment, and viewers of the resulting videos will be able to make educated guesses about their dental health. It has a “Face Tracking” feature that can be set to follow one face or multiple faces and will do so quite well no matter how the subject(s) move, though the resulting video is not recommended for anyone susceptible to motion sickness.

    In short a person who did not think he needed a webcam now wonders how he ever did without it.

    Defects? Well, the software that comes with it is more than a little buggy; you WILL want to download the latest software from their web site, which cleared up my problems. I also don’t like the fact that you can select only a single image size for both still and video because only the three smallest image sizes work for both still and video. If you select any of the five larger image sizes for taking still photos, you will have to reset it for taking videos and vice versa, which since the newest version of the software finally saves my settings between runs, is more than a little annoying. (Note: the latest version of the Logitech software has added two more video image sizes: 1.3 and 2 megapixels, leaving only the three largest image sizes as still photo only.)

    A nice accessory would be a tiny protective carrying case because it is small enough to haul with you on trips. The original package will do the job, if you opened it carefully enough, but it is too bulky to fit well in a suitcase.

    Note: a more expensive Mac version (apparently because certain features available to PC’s in software must be replaced by hardware) is now available: Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro. Word is that there is some cross-compatibility, but I wouldn’t count on it. Purchase the one that is compatible with the machine you will mostly be using it with.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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