Sunday, March 1, 2020

Cheap Low Resolution Webcam Better than High Resolution

Logitech C170 Webcam
Some Australian Aldi stores are selling off Logitech C170 Webcams for $AU6.99 (1024 x 768pixels maximum resolution). If you want something for communicating with students, or making quick talking heads videos, these would be suitable.

I have a couple of Logitech web cameras, which I have been loaning out to colleagues for teaching online, over the last few days. These are not as high resolution as newer cameras, but that can be an advantage. You don't need very high definition video for online teaching. I suggest not producing video for online delivery at more than 1280×720 pixels (standard HD). A webcam for that will cost about $AU60.

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