Where Are The High-Definition (HD) Webcams?

Continuing my discussion of high-definition technology, Tekzilla brought to everyone’s attention about the lack of HD webcam technology. To put it simply, even some of the former TechTV staff couldn’t locate an HD webcam. That is pretty pathetic considering how the price of high-def televisions and camcorders are rapidly dropping.

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Sure, doing HD video conversations might piss off your local internet service provider if you do it all the time, but we are pretty much screwed anyway as the desire for high-definition content rapidly increases. The first company to release an HD webcam is likely to pick up plenty of customers, and I am slightly annoyed that there is only one company, Logitech, that offers quality products like these. Logitech doesn’t even offer Linux support.

To all consumer electronics companies that need a great idea:

Create an affordable high-definition webcam that will shoot and record true 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames-per-second. Make it compatible with everything, and for goodness sake, offer Mac and Linux support! We shouldn’t have to wait until CES 2009 to have this technology on the market, but if we do, another company (like Logitech) will gladly step up to the challenge.

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3 responses to “Where Are The High-Definition (HD) Webcams?

  1. Could USB 2.0 even keep up with that sort of HD bandwidth? NO. So we’re back to needing a decent choice of consumer FIREWIRE / 1394 webcams – a market Apple foolishly abandoned even tho demand had not. Unibrain’s Fire-I line would need a HD sensor update and could remain a contender in this webcam space. Logitech, Microsoft, Creative et al haven’t fully embraced UVC compliant USB webcams YET (Wake up people!!!) – but at least seem to be doing so begrudgingly in their latest highest resolution high-end models. There’s hope: the UVC standard bodes well for Linux, Mac and Vista compatibility near-term. Maybe that milestone needs to be reached first… and then a HD web cam market can follow???

  2. @DocMacPS

    Great insight. Compatibility is indeed extremly important.

  3. Thank you for this post. I’m in exactly the same boat. Logitechs latest Quickcam Vision Pro supports VGA at 30 FPS. But anything higher is 15 FPS. WTF. Worse is that their specifications are downright misleading. 720p is 1280 x 720!

    To DocMacPS you’re 100% on the money about UVC. Here’s the best list I’ve found so far: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_USB_video_class_devices

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