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    Default Need some suggestions on a webcam

    I've got a need for a web cam (well, actually a still photo USB-connected camera) for one of my projects.

    I'm getting bogged down in marketing glarf such as "High Definition: 12.0M pixels/Dynamic Resolution: 640 x 480". Huh? Whuzzat mean?

    I need a fairly wide-angle camera that can be mounted no more than 24" above the subject and it should cover no less than a 12"x12" area. Color is nice but doesn't have to be insanely deep. And something that will allow me to take photos with a higher resolution that 640x480.

    And a permanent (i.e. tripod mount) is a big plus.

    Do any of you photo-cognoscenti have any suggestions on what to look for?

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    Why am I think Sony Digital Mavica?
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    If you're shooting stills why do you need a webcam?
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    Well, I have been using an old Canon PowerShot A530. But it's strictly shoot-to-SD, which involves an extra step. I'd rather just have it controlled by the computer and forget about the SD fumbling.

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    Most cameras plug directly into USB to transfer pics.
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    Yes, still cameras don't allow control over USB, whereas a webcam does. My ancient A530, for example, will mount the SD card as a storage device, which is fine. But the camera still requires batteries or a power supply and I have to be at the camera to push the shutter button.

    Maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist...

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    Go into a bit more detail of what you're looking to do. Maybe a lot more detail would be even better.
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    I'm essentially setting up a stand for recording external images of media--i.e. labels, etc. Said images go with the data actually contained on the images. Here's a sample:



    Get the general idea? Many times the writing on the label has degraded to the point where it isn't readable, but the smudges might give a hint to what's really there.

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    Chuck,

    I bow down before you in awe just that you have this tape and what it represents, let alone the data on the tape itself...
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    Axis security cameras will do this. The ones I have are unsuitable due to low resolution, but they are fifteen years old. I assume they have newer ones with better resolution.

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