Review – 1440p Webcam – too good to be true?

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A generic looking webcam.

We’re all stuck on endless video calls now, right? So it behoves you to share your face in the highest resolution possible. Because your colleagues deserve to see your wrinkles. Most laptops have pathetic 720p webcams built in. Which is weird, because even the most basic smartphone has a front-facing camera capable of 4K photos.…

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Your webcam cover is messing up your screen brightness

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A laptop with the webcam covered - a green LED is visible.

Here’s something I didn’t know – but should have, because it’s obvious… Your screen’s auto-brightness depends on your webcam. If, like me, you have a privacy cover – this happens: The MacBook I’m using doesn’t have any lux sensors that I can see – most phones have a separate sensor which means the camera isn’t…

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Review: IR Dome USB WebCam – perfect for Raspberry Pi

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Close up on camera lens, sensor, and IR LEDs

The good folk at Ailipu Technology have sent me a fist-sized USB camera to review. This is a cheap and simple way to get external video into a home server like a Raspberry Pi. This is the, slightly cumbersomely named, elp-usb100w05mt-dl36. What’s in the box? The USB cable is around 5 metres long, and is…

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