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Webcams: Ratings of Sources

Total of 24 Sources
1. PCMag.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com provides individual reviews of webcams. While the reviewers don't necessarily compare one webcam to another, they give each model a rating out of 5 stars. The reviews are comprehensive and include evaluation of the design, lens and setup, video and sound quality. Each review begins with a summary, highlighting the pros and cons of the webcam along with a brief bottom-line conclusion and a rating.
2. CNET
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET's webcam reviews cover design, hardware setup and software installation, and performance under a variety of lighting conditions. While the site doesn't present a comparison of webcams, the reviewers assign each product an overall rating out of a possible 5 stars. Within this, design, features and performance are each scored out of 10 points. The CNET editors are thorough in their testing and often compare features available on different models.
3. BenchmarkReviews.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Editors of BenchmarkReviews.com
Our AssessmentBenchmarkReviews.com tests five webcams, and the reviews are comprehensive and illustrated with large photographs. Although they aren't particularly well organized or easy to skim, reviews include ratings for performance, appearance, construction, functionality and value, and an overall score. In addition, there is a full listing of specifications and the editors' impressions of design, the installation process, included software, and image and audio quality; detailed information about the testing methodology and results is also provided. None of the reviewed models receive an overall score lower than 8.5, and the site's top pick is the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p, which earns a 9.3 out of 10 and BenchmarkReviews.com's Golden Tachometer award.
4. Engadget.com
June 2010
HD Webcam 3-way Shootout: SkypeHD's Best Take on Logitech
by Tim Stevens
Our AssessmentIn this roundup, Tim Stevens reviews three Skype-compatible high def webcams. The testing methodology is explained and the review includes plenty of photos of each webcam. In addition, there's a video of the editor testing all three cameras. The Freetalk Everyman HD beats out Logitech's HD Pro Webcam C910 and the FaceVsion TouchCam N1 for top honors.
5. TopTenReviews.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcam Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis article lists TopTenReviews.com's recommendations of its top 10 webcams reviewed, in the categories of features, ease of use, design, and help and support. The review also presents an overall comparison chart for each of the categories as well as brief pros and cons of each model. Testing criteria are explained in full. However, their top pick, the Logitech HD Webcam C510, is now discontinued.
6. TechRadar.com
July 2011
Best Mac Webcam for Mac: 5 Reviewed and Rated
by Ian Osborne
Our AssessmentThis U.K. site tests five webcams to find the best one for use with the Mac. The reviews are very brief, more a short series of observations than test results. Logitech's HD Pro Webcam C910 wins convincingly with 4.5 out of 5 stars.
7. PC World
Oct. 2010
Best HD Webcams for the Holidays
by Leah Yamshon
Our AssessmentLeah Yamshon presents her nine favorite HD webcams. While it's unclear whether the order in which they're presented reflects her ranking of them, each model has a brief summary of why she selected it. Except for the HP Webcam HD-3110, all the webcams are above $50.
8. CowboyFrank.net
As of July 2010
Webcam Reviews
by Frank Harrell
Our AssessmentAlthough Cowboy Frank has not reviewed any webcams since mid-2010, and some of his picks are out of date, this enthusiast website is more comprehensive in its evaluation than most other review sources. Harrell is the only reviewer who includes a set of standardized test photos in various lighting conditions for each web camera; sample photos are compared to a control photo shot with a digital single-lens reflex. Reviews are highly comparative, and also address mundane but important topics such as mounting hardware.
9. PCMag.com
Feb. 2010
Webcams Go High-Def -- Sort Of
by Jamie Lendino
Our AssessmentWith a focus on video chatting and making VoIP telephone calls, Jamie Lendino reviews the Hercules Dualpix HD720p, Logitech Webcam C600 and Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. The three reviews are comprehensive, featuring details about design, ease of installation and included software, and the roundup features a good deal of comparative information. Photos of the webcams and some screen captures of the included software are also provided.
10. Laptop Magazine
As of Oct. 2011
Webcam Ratings
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine hasn't reviewed any webcams in 2011, but its 2010 reviews are still relevant. Webcams receive star ratings, and reviews are broken down into short sections that address design, image quality and included software, with a final synopsis; a few photographs are included with each review.
11. Amazon.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentCustomer satisfaction among Amazon.com contributors is generally good, as most webcams have high average ratings of 4.5 and above out of 5. In addition, best-selling models attract reviews from hundreds of users. Having plenty of reviews is helpful, as it smoothes out the natural unevenness of user-written reviews. This source is most useful once you've narrowed your choices down to two or three models.
12. BestBuy.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentIn addition to very concise textual summaries, BestBuy.com reviews list ratings of value for price, video quality, ease of use and compatibility, as well as an overall customer rating. Contributors give the highest ratings to Logitech and Microsoft webcams, with each company's entire portfolio rating 4 stars or higher on average out of 5 stars.
13. Computer Power User
May 2010
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000
by Blaine Flamig
Our AssessmentA monthly magazine for computer and technology enthusiasts, Computer Power User (CPU) puts some of its print articles online. In this standalone review, Blaine Flamig says Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000 is even better than the LifeCam Cinema model CPU reviewed in December 2009, and he rates it a 4 out of 5 for its superior face-tracking technology, high video quality and competitive price point. The CPU review is brief and the online version includes only one small photograph, but it thoughtfully addresses design, performance under a variety of lighting conditions and the included software.
14. Hardware Secrets.com
April 2010
Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 Review
by Sandy Berger
Our AssessmentHardwareSecrets.com offers tutorials and reviews of an array of tech products. In a standalone review of the Webcam Pro 9000, Sandy Berger covers setup and installation, video and audio quality, and overall usability, concluding that the camera is "well-designed and easy-to-use." Berger also says that the Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus capabilities and Logitech's RightLight 2 technology produce HD video quality that's "spectacular for a webcam." The review does not include a score, but does provide a list of pros and cons and some comparisons to other, older webcams.
15. TestFreaks.com
As of Oct. 2011
Web Cameras
by Editors of TestFreaks.com
Our AssessmentTestFreaks.com compiles scores from professional and user reviews of webcams and then ranks and sorts them. While useful for tracking opinions on various models, TestFreaks.com provides little new information, and it is unclear how its Freak Score is calculated. On the other hand, there are a few blog-style reviews original to the site, and the site indicates which scores may be skewed by too few aggregate reviews. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 currently gets the highest rating.
16. TrustedReviews.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Benny Har-Even and Lars-Gšran Nilsson
Our AssessmentBritain's TrustedReviews.com covers webcams sporadically in single-product reviews that offer an overall score as well as sub-ratings for features, image quality and value. Reviews are casually written and although they address design, installation and software (and include large, terrific product photographs), they don't provide a particularly rigorous methodology for testing webcam performance. The site reviewed only two webcams in 2009 and only one in 2010 -- the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, which earns an overall score of 8 out of 10 and receives the TrustedReviews.com Recommended seal.
17. About.com
As of Oct. 2011
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Review
by Lisa Johnston
Our AssessmentIn this brief standalone review, About.com guide Lisa Johnston gives the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 3 stars out of 5, praising its strong color reproduction, good performance in various lighting conditions and solid mounting hardware. However, she warns that the unit's autofocus feature is overactive -- "autofocus on crack" in her words. And because it takes up to five seconds for the camera to refocus, the resulting video can have a significant lag. As a result, Johnston contends that the LifeCam HD-5000 is more suitable for video chatting than creating content. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
18. MobileAndNotebook.com
March 2010
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Review
by LG Nilsson
Our AssessmentMobileAndNotebook.com is a tech-enthusiast news and reviews site. In a text- and video-based review of the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000, editor LG Nilsson offers an overview of design, features and performance, concluding that the webcam is a decent value for the price. He does catalog a number of drawbacks, however, noting that the LifeCam HD-5000's overactive autofocus is "annoying," that there are imperfections in some of the resolution settings and that the audio quality is tinny.
19. EverythingUSB.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Eric Hanson and Scott Clark
Our AssessmentEverythingUSB.com has reviewed only two webcams in the last two years, the Creative Live! Cam Socialize and Logitech's HD Pro Webcam C910. The reviews are brief with no identifiable methodology. The website does not provide ratings or rankings, and the webcam landing page does not link to the latest write-ups, which makes it challenging to find new reviews or identify the reviewers' favorite models. This website, however, does post information about the latest webcam releases.
20. Pocket-lint.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcam Reviews
by Editors of Pocket-Lint.com
Our AssessmentPocket-Lint.com's most recent webcam review, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000, is from 2010. Webcam reviews feature an overall score, pros and cons, and a concise evaluation that touches on installation, included software, and image and audio quality. The site isn't particularly easy to use, as webcams don't have their own dedicated section, so users must search for the latest reviews.
21. MacLife.com
Sept. 2008
Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro
by Roberto Baldwin
Our AssessmentMacLife.com editors review the few webcams that are natively compatible with Macs and give Logitech's QuickCam Vision Pro their Editors' Choice award. While the review is brief, it covers the main features and includes a useful comparison to a built-in webcam on a MacBook Pro.
22. WebUser
As of Oct. 2011
Webcam Reviews
by Andy Shaw
Our AssessmentWeb User reviews are short and casual, and don't follow a specified methodology; the review format isn't always consistent. Although some models are rated for features, performance, ease of use and value, and given an overall rating, some are only given sub-ratings in the first three categories. The newest review -- of the Trust MultiCover Widescreen HD Webcam -- is from February 2010, but most of the reviews are a year or two old. The site's top three picks are discontinued.
23. Which? magazine
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentBritish consumer magazine Which? publishes very short reviews that offer a few pros and cons and give each camera an overall score based on sub-ratings for performance, versatility and ease of use; there's also a comparison chart to help place individual models in the broader competitive context. The site currently features only nine webcams, however, and several of them have been discontinued or replaced by newer models.
24. PriceGrabber.com
As of Oct. 2011
Webcams
by Contributors to PriceGrabber.com
Our AssessmentPriceGrabber.com is a price comparison site that also posts user ratings on products. Due to lower overall volume, user reviews here are less helpful than those at Amazon.com. As at Amazon.com, Logitech and Microsoft rate more highly than competing brands.

Webcams Runners Up:

Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 *Est. $25

4 picks by top review sites.

Microsoft LifeCam Studio *Est. $100

3 picks including: Amazon.com, PCMag.com…

HP Webcam HD-3110 *Est. $30

2 picks including: Amazon.com, TopTenReviews.com…

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