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Netbook or Laptop with a HD webcam built in?


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#1 cornflakes2

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:20 PM

Does anyone know why netbooks/laptops have always seemed to have only 640x480

webcam resolution (1.3mp usually maybe 2.0 on some) built-in?  I'm guessing due to the size.

 

I don't want to use a separate webcam and attach it onto the laptop.  

 

Does anyone know if there are any laptops out there that now have HD quality built-in webcams

on laptops/netbooks?  Even 1280x760 would be nice.


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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:41 AM

Well, there are some integrated HD laptop cameras.  They are fairly common in mid-range laptops.

 

ASUS Zenbook Touch UX31LA-US51T has a 720p camera.

 

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-S03US also has a 720p camera.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Touchscreen 2 in 1 also does 720p.

 

HP ENVY TouchSmart 17-j142nr has an HD camera, but I don't know if it is 720p.


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#3 cornflakes2

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for the response.

 

Any with 1080?

 

 

1280x720p is plenty good though. So whenever I see the specs and it says, "HD webcam"  is it safe to assume that means minimum 720?  All of the specs anywhere I look always indicate "HD webcam" and no other details (like actual size and frame rate and megapixel).  



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:50 PM

I have my suspicions that it could be:

1. Cost

2. Higher resolutions need higher bandwidth on the Internet.

3. The makers do not see a need for something that may only be used for video chat

4. Physical size limitations

5. Cheap lenses mean that a higher resolution won't yield that good a result anyway.

6. They do not foresee anyone using it to record Hi-Def videos.

 

I have mine disabled and covered with paper as a backup to the disablement.

Any internet capable device should have a physical switch to turn it off IMO.

 

I'm sure there are other reasons also.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:34 AM

imo get a separate webcam instead of a built in one if you are really into the quality, even sometimes though the laptop camera says to have certain quality, it still takes really bad quality image



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:21 AM

Good points all.

So I guess my best bet for an upgrade for built-in webcams is to go up from 640x480 to 1280x720?  I still consider 720p a very

good resolution/size for a webcam.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:37 AM

All of those above have at least a 720p camera, but I did have to go to the individual manufacturers page to verify what the resolution was in some cases. 

 

I always buy from Microsoft when I get laptops.  They remove all the crapware and optimize it.  Plus, I would rather deal with their support over most manufacturers.


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