Date: May 21st, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES (From Cyber Snipa)
1 x Snipa™ Scout™ Webcam
1 x Instruction Manual
1 x Installation CD
The Scout™ is designed for the active gamer on the go! Clip it onto your notebook and video conference from anywhere around the globe... even in the dark! The Scout™ is a high resolution USB camera designed to clip directly onto your notebook screen. It comes with a built in microphone, as well as an internal sensor that will automatically switch on the camera's on-board lights when needed!
PRODUCT COMPOSITION, PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Scout webcam comes neatly packed in a compact box. The back of the box explains some of the features of the camera while the side lists some specs. The default resolution is 640 x 480 pixels / 30fps with a max resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels (anything above 640 x 480 is interpolated).
Around $20 US gets the Scout webcam, instruction manual, and software CD. The five foot cord has a USB 1.1 and microphone connection at the end. The body has a shiny metallic finish and it tilts both forward and backward and side to side to adjust positioning.
The Scout has a compact, all-in-one design so it's great for travelers and laptop users. It is best suited to be clipped to an LCD screen but can also stand on its own. The ring around the lens is used to focus the camera and a cover is included to protect the lens.
On each side of the lens are three white LED lights that automatically turn on in low light. Sounds like a good idea but in a dark room I found the lights to be not bright at all, and certainly not bright enough to see someone with. Just below the lens is a built in microphone that I found to work pretty well. The sound was just a little on the quiet side, but not so quiet that I found it problematic.