Webcams are one of those helpful products that just don't get much attention. Sure, a webcam is useful for video conferencing and chats (or for spying on your nanny) but if you've seen one webcam you've seen them all ... right? Philips is ready to shake things up with their latest high-resolution webcam that delivers video up to 90 frames per second! Let's take a closer look at how awesome a webcam can be.

The SPC1300NC Specifications
  • 6 megapixels, 8x digital zoom
  • Frame rate: Up to 90 frames per second
  • Wide-angle glass lens
  • Two built-in digital directional microphones
  • Features: Face tracking, pixel plus, digital natural motion and motion detection, noise cancellation, and echo reduction
  • Dimesions: 40 x 82 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 3.88 ounces or 110 grams
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, and Vista Home; Pentium III 800MHz or faster
  • Cable length: 2.1

Design and Aesthetics

The Phillips SPC1300NC webcam is mostly black with silver accents. The lens, microphones, and detailing is all done in silver. The power button on top glows a bright blue when the camera is on. The webcam is attached to Phillips' unique laptop clamp so that it swivels 360 degrees to capture the perfect angle.

The SPC1300 is USB powered but has more than two feet of cable so it can be set up anywhere around your laptop. The clamp also works as a stand so the webcam can be freestanding.

There is an installation CD with the SPC1300. It takes about five minutes to install the software and a restart of your computer. I didn't have any problem with the installation and once I restarted, the webcam worked perfectly.

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