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    Gentlemen,

    I am considering entering the 21st century by buying a USB web cam. Don't intend to spend much as it will only have limited use. But am getting confused by the various spec.

    640 x 480 seems about normal, but how does that look on a 24" screen?

    The alternative specs are considerably higher resolution but what is the difference between dynamic and static?

    As examples, of these, is one better than the other?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-Megapix...MAAOSwM9Veeeqb

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-6-LED...QAAOSwd5FeebVy

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-50-0-...YAAOSwQC9edd93

    Or do you have a better recommendation?

    Thanks, toodle pip and stay safe.

    Rex

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    Where are you getting that 640x480 spec? No webcam made in the last 10 years would have that low a resolution. The first link you posted says 5 megapixel and 1080P.

    Those all look like Chineseium webcams.

    Check these reviews for something that might be a little less problematic:

    https://www.techradar.com/news/best-cheap-webcams

    https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-webcams/

    https://www.techradar.com/news/compu...-rated-1027972

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    I would guess that you are absolutely correct with Chinese made products. But I would also assume that even the brand named products are mad in China.

    Just checking the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000; seems to be mostly available in the US at a cost of around 60-80 plus an excessive amount of postage.

    The cameras I have been looking at to get a feel for the products, frequently say "Dynamic resolution:640 * 480 " What does this actually mean when they also state in the eBay headline 720HD?

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    640x480 would not be anywhere near 720P, and would be junk. That may be a bad translation of a Chinese manual. You could try one of the really cheap Chineseium units. No guarantees though. Remember to disinfect it first. I would think there has to be a UK supplier of decent quality webcams available. Someone has to have a Logitech unit somewhere.

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    Thanks for your reply. Will look into a virus free 720p Chinese model. Have to ensure that I prop up their economy!

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