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Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 1080P,12MP Webcam (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Record, edit and share Full HD 1080p videos
  • Enjoy 720p HD video chats with most major instant messaging services
  • Get razor sharp still images and video easily with auto focus, plus capture all the action using the wide-angle lens
  • Transmit crystal clear voice with Adaptive Array microphones utilizing beam-forming and noise-cancellation technologies
  • Scan and manage business cards and documents with Live! Scan

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 318 g
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Item model number: 73VF068000000
  • ASIN: B00442XOPS
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 15 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,250 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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From the Manufacturer

Record, edit, and share videos and pictures in full high-definition quality with the Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 webcam. Its auto-focus feature ensures that you get sharp still images and videos automatically, while the wide-angle glass lens captures more in the frame. Built-in adaptive-array microphones let you communicate clearly, without background noise, during video chats. And you can upload HD video blogs to YouTube and Facebook with a single click using the included software.

Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 Webcam features:

  • Full 1080p high-definition video capture at 30 frames per second.
  • Auto-focus feature for sharp images and videos.
  • Wide-angle lens captures more in the frame.
  • High-definition video chats with nearly any major instant messaging service.
  • Noise cancellation microphones for clear voice transmission.
The Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080
Experience clear 1080p high definition video capture at a smooth 30 frames per second.
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Record in stunning Full HD 1080p video quality.
Smooth 720p HD-quality video capture and playback of up to 30 frames per second.
Clear, natural-sounding voice chats with Dual Stereo Microphones.
The wide-angle glass lens captures 25% wider field of view in the frame compared to traditional webcam lenses.
Never look blurry thanks to the built-in auto focus technology.
Auto-Focus with a Wide-Angle View

Thanks to its auto-focus feature, the Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 gets sharp still images and videos easily and automatically. The webcam's wide-angle lens captures more in the frame and allows you to enjoy high-definition 720 p video chats in superb clarity.

The webcam features a multi-attach base and a 5-foot cord, giving you the flexibility to position the lens exactly where you need it.

High-Definition Video and Smooth Playback

With the Socialize HD 1080, you can easily produce movies or video blogs that combine high-definition video, 12-megapixel photos, and a music soundtrack. The included software lets you edit the movies and share them online.

The webcam features a high-definition CMOS image sensor and an auto focus lens that takes true high-definition widescreen videos--up to 1920 by 1080 pixels--at up to 30 frames per second. This means that the webcam will produce smooth video playback and uninterrupted chats. The highly receptive sensor will capture HD-quality images even under dim lighting. And you can use the webcam to take vivid, sharp still images of up to 12 megapixels.

Quality Video Chats with Noise-Cancelling Microphones

With the Socialize HD 1080 video chat feature, you can experience video calls in high-definition, 720p quality using nearly any major instant messaging service. To use the video chat feature, your computer must have a dual-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 1 Mbps or more of symmetrical bandwidth.

Built-in adaptive array microphones feature beam-forming and noise-cancelation technologies for an enhanced audio experience. The dual mics allow you to talk naturally, and your voice comes through on the other end crisply and clearly.

Live! Central 3 Software with One-Touch Uploads
The Creative Live! cam Socialize HD AF
The Creative Live! Central 3 software suite is touchscreen compatible, offering one-touch sharing to YouTube and Facebook

Included with the Socialize HD 1080 is Creative's Live! Central 3 software, a suite of enhanced features that add to your instant messaging and webcam experiences. The software allows you to easily upload videos and photos to YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites. Share your high-definition videos or photos with the world--with a single click. For parental peace of mind, Live! Central 3 also includes password-protected security control.

Live! Scan Software and Movie Creator for Video Editing

With Live! Scan software, you can scan business cards and documents directly to your PC and manage them. Movie Creator allows you to combine, edit, and add special effects to your videos. You can also add fun effects to your video chats and share pictures, slides, and videos through your instant messaging video.

The software includes a built-in touch screen feature that enables you to control the webcam using your fingertips on touch screen-enabled Windows 7 PCs. (This feature is only compatible with Windows 7.)

Compatibility and System Requirements

The Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP (Professional x64 Edition and XP with Service Pack 2); Mac OS X 10.5 or higher; and Linux Kernel 2.6. Use of Creative Live! Central 3 software suite requires Windows.

Other system requirements include an Intel Pentium Dual-Core 1.6GHz or AMD equivalent processor, 1 GB of RAM, a USB 2.0 port, 500 MB of free hard-disk space, and a CD/DVD-ROM drive.

The Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 Webcam is backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty.

What's in the Box

Creative Labs Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 Webcam, card-scanning module, multi-language quick start guide, and software installation CD.

Which Creative Labs Live! Cam is Best For You?

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Live! Cam Sync Live! Cam Socialize Live! Cam Chat HD Live! Cam Connect HD Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 Live! Cam inPerson HD
Perfect for Notebooks/Desktops Notebooks/Desktops Notebooks/Desktops Notebooks/Desktops Notebooks/Desktops Notebooks/Desktops
Sensor VGA
(640 x 480)
VGA
(640 x 480)
HD
(1280 x 720)
HD
(1280 x 720)
2MP HD 1080p
(1920 x 1080)
Still Image Capture 1.3MP 1.3MP 5.7MP 8 MP 12MP 12MP
Video Image Capture 800 x 600 @ 30fps 800 x 600 @ 30fps 30fps HD (720p) 30fps HD (720p) 30fps HD (1080p) 30fps HD (1080p)
Lens Focusing Fixed Fixed Fixed Auto-focus Auto-focus Auto-focus
Microphone Bundled headset Noise-cancellation Noise-cancellation Noise-cancellation Dual Beam-forming Quad Microphones with
Beam Forming
Parental Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audio and Video Effects Yes Yes Yes
Live! Scan Yes Yes
Mobile Streaming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seahorse on Jan. 14 2013
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Constantly problems with light and will keep refocusing even when focusing was disabled... tried it on my lap top same issues... tossed it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikita on Dec 8 2012
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I bought that webcam twice: one for me and another for my friend.
It works OK on his Linux, but not on my Win7 :-((
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Huzevka on June 18 2011
The camera picture just OK. I have emailed/called them twice, about the quality but no response. I have other logitech cameras and they work much better. I will buy logitech in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Auto Focus drives me crazy March 5 2011
By akahogan - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe the camera would be an amazing find if I could figure out a simple way to turn off the auto focus capability. This auto focus changes the image and makes things blurry on a regular basis. Overall, great camera and software, but the auto focus makes it frustrating to use.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Poor Sound Quality May 6 2011
By Ahmed Shakil - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Very disappointed with this Creative brand web camera. The voice quality is really bad and I have to talk very close to the camera for other people to understand me, otherwise I think the noise cancellation feature is canceling out my own voice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The outdoor function doesn't work. March 17 2011
By Minh Q. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I bought this item and exchanged for another one, but both of them couldn't see anything when I took the webcam toward outside. My old Creative webcam VF0050 can do it.
I don't know why. What should I do?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solving the Autofocus Problems July 18 2012
By Mat - Published on Amazon.com
This camera is excellent once the autofocus is disabled. The sound quality is excellent.

In linux the autofocus is hopeless unless the lighting is perfect and the subject is exactly in the centre.

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu linux, the focus is fixed as follows :

First install the control software (only this step needs to be done as root)

# apt-get install uvcdynctrl

You can list the possible webcam controls with

# uvcdynctrl -c

Open the program that you want to use the webcam with, e.g. cheese
then turn off auto-focus with the command:

# uvcdynctrl -s 'Focus, Auto' 0

Next, manually set the focus distance - try a few values such as 5, 10, 15, 20, until it is in focus

# uvcdynctrl -s 'Focus (absolute)' 20

To make things quicker next time, you can make a shell script that disables auto-focus, and sets the correct absolute focus.:)
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 is great. May 18 2011
By Chris Groscost - Published on Amazon.com
I've not a single complaint with this webcam. Admittedly, I bought mine for half of the cost listed on Amazon from another etailer. I love Amazon, but no more than any of the other proved reliable etailers. It's an easy search, do so, it may not sting so bad when you get a better deal.

So with that in mind, I'm simply not too upset when the camera takes a bit to find it's focus. Should one day it get to me, I'll simply take the thirty seconds I would otherwise wait for the cam, and use the manual over-rides in the accompanying software. So for those who dislike the AF feature on this cam, try another tact...

This is not meant to supersede the new, rather amazing point and shoot and film in HD cameras currently available for not much more. It's a webcam, meant to do webcam things better than previous generations of webcams did, and it does by leaps and bounds in this price range! To carry it around tethered to a laptop outdoors, as one poster alluded to. If the auto-white balance didn't handle the sun, as stated, use the manual overrides. Just because one auto-white option is outdoors, I honestly do not think that was what this webcam was meant to be used for. Its not waterproof, no weather shielding. Gee, I wonder if it works underwater?... Really, this product was designed to sit in front of you, so you can photograph, make small files, or HD if you desire, but from a reasonable distance of two to five feet, and under lighting conditions expected in a typical office/home environment... It does focus on the background pretty well, but clarity is lost the further from it your subject becomes. So it should work fine for the typical application.

I honestly hesitated, after reading the reviews, just before I purchased this webcam. I then decided that I know better than to read the majority of these or any reviews and take them for more than what they are. I look at the language used, the problems encountered and the detail used to describe them... The users, who inevitably state "why can't I do this?", you can see their unfounded expectations jump out at you when reading the content and context of their disappointments. I then look over the specs and even RTFM myself. I then weight cost/value ratio... Does it do what I want, suit my needs?

I love to read reviews though, and always start with the worst first. The ones where the product simply doesn't work. These are the reviews that help estimate the chances of an RMA. Medium ranked reviews come from a mixed bag. They are written by the guys who setup their mom's email (as they should), and they are confident of their limitless knowledge and comprehensions of all things technical. However, there is gold in these same mid category reviews. Reviews in which the person actually read the marketing, who did RTFM, and who did read and understand the specs. These are the ones to pay attention too... The ones that will say, "They are off a little here, but make up for it over there." They give advice on any abnormal situations they've come across. Situations that simply exist in any new, and even a lot of old technology. Bugs don't exist, until they affect you. These bugs are not always known, but often times are. If they are known, they sold this item with the expectation that too few people will be affected. If it's you, we are happy to offer you an RMA...

Seriously though, overall, I find that the "Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080" performs as a quality, inexpensive webcam should. It pacts a good amount of camera features into a very small space (The actual cam/lense, not the mounting plastic). It has decent support software package, which is intuitive and easy to use. And most importantly, it worked right out of the box on my Win7-64bit PC, functioning as designed, not one problem in the month+ that I've owned it...

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