So you want to take the next step and add video content to your blog? Maybe you are not ready to graduate to one of those fancy digital camcorders or SLR cameras. If you are just a beginner and have not produced a video before, you are probably better off with a standard webcam. Camcorders and digital SLRs are for people who intend to take videos on the go, do interviews at conferences, and post content from all around the globe. With webcams, you can still capture YouTube quality videos for your blog without having to spend too much money.
Choosing a webcam is not that hard, but you do want to make sure you get the right model that is compatible with your system (Win 7, Mac, …). You also want to pay attention to video quality as not all webcams are created equal. You certainly don’t want to go for the cheapest model on the market as you do get what you paid for.
With that in mind, here are 4 cool webcams to get you started in the world of video production:
Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF Auto Focus System: it’s a unique webcam that comes with motorized tracking to help you capture better video on your computer. The camera literally follows your face. The quality of video and still photos is superb as well.
Logitech Webcam Pro 9000: it’s less fancy than the above webcam but it does allow you to take 8 MP photos and high quality videos on your Windows machine. It works with ustream and similar services as well.
Hercules Dualpix Infinite Webcam: another high quality webcam for XP and Vista computers. The video quality could be as high as 2 MP while your still photos could go as high as 7.6M in resolution.
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema: if you happen to have gotten a Windows 7 machine lately, you are going to enjoy working with this webcam. The quality of video can be as high as 720p. The noise canceling microphone is a big plus.
These webcams are no replacement for a decent camcorder. At the same time, they are great for beginner bloggers. If you have never produced videos in the past, the above units are a good place to start.