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Best inexpensive full HD webcam

Post by marcia » Sat May 26, 2018 9:11 am

Hello All,

Does anyone know of a great full HD webcam that would work with lm18.3 xfce?

inxi -Fxd
System: Host: xxxx Kernel: 4.4.0-119-lowlatency x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
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Mobo: AMD model: 990FXA-UD3 v: x.x
Bios: American Megatrends v: FA date: 10/23/2012
CPU: Quad core AMD FX-4300 (-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
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clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 1800 MHz 2: 1800 MHz 3: 1800 MHz
4: 1800 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF116 [GeForce GTX 550 Ti] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 driver: nvidia
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
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GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 384.111 Direct Rendering: Yes
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Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
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I am using a Logitech c910 which works well,however I only get 15fps using full screen full HD. I will be doing videoconferencing in the near future so I want to upgrade
the webcam. I have my eye on a Logitech refurbished Logitech c920 for $50 and free shipping. If there is something even better than a c920 for $50 or less, I would love
to know. Of course, it must work well with linux. These features are important, good sound, widescreen, works well in low light.

WIll appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you,


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Re: Best inexpensive full HD webcam

Post by marcia » Sat May 26, 2018 10:20 am

Hello Everyone,

I have found this one: ... op?ie=UTF8

Any thoughts on this one?



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Re: Best inexpensive full HD webcam

Post by phd21 » Sat May 26, 2018 10:22 am

Hi marcia,

I think the Logitech c920 or higher could be a good choice for this. The link you just provided looks good. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, $50us new ... B006JH8T3S Logitech 1080p Pro Stream Webcam for HD Video Streaming and Recording at 1080p 30FPS $75us ... APM8G2WK80

Depending upon the video conferencing application, there might be settings to reduce the resolution a little to get 20+ fps and still have high quality at a high resolution.

If you install the "v4L" (video for linux) packages from the "Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)", you can test a camera using Qt V4L2 test Utility (qv4l2) to see what fps (frames per second) you will get and a particular resolution; change the resolution and the fps changes. On my older Logitech c270, I cannot get real-time (real life) video performance at 25-30 fps without reducing the resolution substantially which of course reduces the size of the video displayed even though it claims 720p resolution. Depending on your needs, 20fps might work well enough.

If you purchase a webcam from a place with a good return policy like, then you can try other webcams from other manufacturers.

Hope this helps ...
Qt V4L2 test Utility (qv4l2)
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