Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP
By: Anthony Sullivan
In our endless quest to discover how everything works, or at least say we tried, we are cracking open the Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP.
The QuickCam is the weirdest looking webcam I've ever seen but it also has some pretty cool features like motorized pan and tilt.
Let's see how it works.
Personally, I believe Logitech makes some very high quality computer hardware and they have a good support base with updated drivers available for download, I prefer the Pro 5000 webcam as I don't really like the Orbit and I found it's tracking features not as good as they should be. The Pro 3000, 4000 and 5000 are in my opinion better cams with less fluff that work reliably in the ways they were intended.
Glad you ripped one up but my problem is I got one, installed the software, plugged it in. It rolled it's eye to the left, looked up at the ceiling and has continued that persistently. Is there something I'm doing wrong or does it just think I'm a jerk and this is the only way it knows how to let me know. Maybe somebody there has had a similar experience and has some tips on how to catch its attention... Drop me a line at gdewan@AOL.com
I hate to be the ass, but that doesn't look fully cracked. Does the "eye" circuitry come out of the plastic "ball" enclosure?
Next time how about a few closeups of the circuit board so we can identify the ICs? Or post a bill-of-materials.
Credit where credit is due. Nicely done. Thanks. And although it is not normally done, do you have any comments on the use of the cam itself? It looks like it is put together well, but if I were to buy it, does the cam perform well (when put together)?
They have these (or something very similar) at Immigration at Bangkok Airport. Having peered over the Immigration Offcier's shoulder, they produce a very good picture.
That was my question,too. My kid could (and did) disassemble stuff at three. Ya get extra points if ya can put it back together and it still works.
A collegue of mine and I bought one of these at the same time almost 18 months ago and I have since gotten one for a deaf friend of mine. The quality is great and the microphone works very well indeed. I regularly use it to talk to people overseas and they all tell me that the pictue is great and that they can hear me fine. I would and still do recommend it to anyone who asks about buying a quality webcam. My deaf friend uses it to sign to his deaf friends and they can all understand him perfectly