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Trust Widescreen HD Webcam review

A great budget webcam that doesn't make any sacrifices on the features

Our Verdict

For

  • Good video quality
  • LEDs for low-light recording
  • Motion detection software

Against

  • Needs a good PC

Trust's catchily-titled Widescreen HD Webcam is certainly one the cheapest around. But does it follow that it's also the weakest?

Well, to be honest I was expecting that to be the case, but the truth is that this is an incredibly capable little camera.

It's about half the size of the FaceVsion camera and is even smaller than the relatively diminutive Logitech C510 too.

But it's fairly mighty to boot, with a stable three-way clamp and a pair of white LEDs to the left of the lens to highlight the face in a darkened environment. Neither of the other cameras had anything like that.

It doesn't have the more expensive camera's onboard processing power though as it requires a much beefi er system to run on. The minimum CPU specs are down as a modern dual-core, a far cry away from the 1.8GHz CPU the other two needed as a base. Still, if you've got a decent processor you don't need to worry overmuch.

That means that it's relying on the CPU when you're recording so we managed a fairly impressive 25fps when it was recording 720p video, though that is when running on a 2.6GHz quad-core.

It's also got a quality software bundle too giving you ArcSoft's WebCam Companion in the box. This allows you to do all the silly framing and superimposed face fun, but also allows you to record 720p video and post it directly to YouTube.

It also comes with a basic motion recorder too that will record clips and send them to you via email or FTP. A worthwhile webcam then that is surprisingly feature-rich.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWebcam
Maximum Video Resolution2048 x 1536
Effective Resolution3 Megapixel
Brand NameTrust
Device SupportedComputer
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
ManufacturerTrust Holding N.V.
Product Model16530
Product NameWidescreen HD Webcam
Manufacturer Part Number16530
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.trust.com
Marketing Information

Widescreen HD Webcam is a high performance USB 2.0 webcam with ultra high definition 3 megapixel (2048 x 1536) video resolution and up to 12 megapixel (4096 x 3072) snap shot resolution with powerful integrated LED lights for enhanced image quality in low-light environment.

Package Contents
  • Widescreen HD Webcam
  • CD-ROM
  • User's Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year