- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Item model number: 73VF068000000
- ASIN: B00442XOPS
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 15 2011
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,575 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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
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Record, edit and share your videos in stunning Full HD 1080p quality with Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080. With just one click using Live! Central 3 software, you can easily upload and share your HD video blogs on YouTube and Facebook. Or even combine them with 12-megapixel* photos to produce movies complete with your favorite music! Also, never worry about being out of shooting range or appearing blurry with the auto focus, wide-angle lens. It captures all the action so you enjoy superbly sharp HD 720p online video chats, while built-in Dual Stereo microphones block out unwanted external noise. Got lots of namecards? Included Live! Scan software is able to extract information from them in a snap, and helps you organize these contact details.
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.
|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
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.
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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|
(640 x 480)
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|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)|
|Microphone||Bundled headset||Noise-cancellation||Noise-cancellation||Noise-cancellation||Dual Beam-forming||Quad Microphones with |
|Audio and Video Effects|
|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|
Top Customer Reviews
It works OK on his Linux, but not on my Win7 :-((
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.:)
I don't know why. What should I do?
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...