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Genius FaceCam 321 Webcam

8MP 30fps 640 X 480 Aug 2012
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
Genius presents a new plug and play VGA webcam, FaceCam 321, providing clear, crisp videos perfect for personal video calling. With 8MP image quality and 3X digital zoom, you get bright, sharp... More
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9 Reasons For

Genius Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Whilst Genius is one of the superior webcam manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, Genius has poor reviews specifically for its medium megapixel count webcams.

Mac Compatible

The Genius FaceCam 321 is Mac compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other webcams of this age and type are not Mac compatible.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the FaceCam 321, the FaceCam 321 has a built-in microphone.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative webcams with a built-in microphone currently available including cheaper webcams such as the LogiLink UA0172.

There are a number of other webcams which also have a built-in microphone that you might also want to consider including the L-Link LL-4186.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Genius FaceCam 321 has a zoom capability, unlike most of the other webcams of this age and type which do not have a zoom capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative webcams which also have a zoom capability including the L-Link LL-4186.

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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac Operating System

The Genius FaceCam 321 supports a Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac operating system which is newer than the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac operating system supported by most webcams of a similar age and spec to it. This Genius webcam also support Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Mac operating systems. Across all webcams of a comparable age and spec to the FaceCam 321 the Mac operating systems support ranges from Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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Very Small Minimum Hard Disk Space

Across all the comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago the minimum hard disk space range from 200MB to 1.5GB. With a minimum hard disk space of only 200 megabytes, the Genius FaceCam 321 has one of the smaller minimum hard disk space amongst medium megapixel count webcams of this age.

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Very Shallow

Medium megapixel count webcams that came out around the same time as the FaceCam 321 have depths of between 12mm and 710mm. At only 40 millimeters, the Genius FaceCam 321 is quite shallow compared to most of the other webcams that were launched around the same time as the FaceCam 321.

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Very Narrow

Across all the medium megapixel count webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the FaceCam 321 the widths range from 8mm to 750mm, and the average width is 120mm. With a width of only 45 millimeters, the FaceCam 321 is one of the narrower comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago amongst webcams of this age.

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Very Light

Across all the medium megapixel count webcams that were released around the same time as the FaceCam 321 the weights range from 26g to 230g. With a weight of only 50 grams, the Genius FaceCam 321 is one of the lighter medium megapixel count webcams that were released more than two years ago amongst webcams of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The Genius FaceCam 321 does not have a motion detector, although keep in mind that most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Most medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for more than two years are not USB powered. The FaceCam 321 is no exception to this as it too is not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that are a comparable age to the FaceCam 321, the FaceCam 321 does not feature face tracking.

It is worth considering other webcams which also feature face tracking including the Atlantis Land MagicView 350 Chat Pack.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FaceCam 321 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst video resolution across all webcams of a comparable age and spec to the FaceCam 321.

The best video resolution amongst comparable types of webcam is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the FaceCam 321, the FaceCam 321 does not have a snapshot button.

It is worth considering alternative webcams which also have a snapshot button including the LogiLink UA0172.

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Not Full HD

The FaceCam 321 is not Full HD. Most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the FaceCam 321 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium megapixel count webcams that came out around the same time as the FaceCam 321 do not have a night mode. The Genius FaceCam 321 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a night mode to this webcam and we think the Atlantis Land MagicView 350 Chat Pack is also worth considering.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Genius FaceCam 321

Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium megapixel count webcam has been on the market for over four years.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the FaceCam 321 has a relatively standard maximum frame rate compared to most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that are a similar age to the FaceCam 321.

We compared all the other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams to this webcam and we think the LogiLink UA0172 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is the most commonly found interface on similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Plug and Play
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Linux Operating System
Digital Zoom
Auto Focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Photo Feature
Supported Video Format
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mount
Colour
Interface
Sensor Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Mac Compatible
Manual Focus
Optical Drive Requirement
CD/DVD-ROM Drive Requirement
USB Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Package Dimensions
Packaging Data
Manual
Bundled Software

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00032200015100, 00091163240693, 04710268240693
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