TOY BOX: All eyes must be on the QuickCam Pro

Logitech's QuickCam Pro 4000 sits on top of your computer monitor, but it's unobtrusive, and also has a handy snapshot button on top so you can pick it up and take pictures from anywhere.

Logitech's QuickCam Pro 4000 sits on top of your computer monitor, but it's unobtrusive, and also has a handy snapshot button on top so you can pick it up and take pictures from anywhere.

It comes with a software package that can add video to instant messages, create web albums, and edit or add animation to images. There is also a motion detector option - in my opinion, the product's most impressive function - that automatically records whenever the camera senses movement. All photos and video clips can be easily organized, e-mailed, or added to an instant message or web album with a single mouse click. The images themselves aren't the best quality. Most of the shots we took around the office came out a bit blurry, and when I lowered the resolution, the picture was too small. But considering the price and its probable uses, the quality is certainly adequate. The verdict: "Studio-quality," as the package boasts, is pushing it. But at a relatively low price, it's a fun, user-friendly way to spice up e-mail and IM messages. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $99.95 Available at Circuit City, Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, and Logitech.com Specs Video captures up to 640 x 480 pixels, still image captures up to 1280 x 960 pixels. It has a built-in mic for audio, and a privacy shade to cover the lens when the camera is not in use.

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