Once you’ve installed the drivers the webcam will just work with Skype, MSN, Yahoo or any video capture program of your choosing. The Webcam Center software provided is typically Creative in its design and layout and gives you access to a number of extra functions. The first of these is the Capture tab, where you can change the capture resolution for both stills and video. Press the button on top of the webcam and the photo will appear in a pane on the right.
The next tab along is a Remote Monitoring tab, which will automatically take stills and upload them to an FTP server if you provide the necessary details. The Motion Detection tab is where you can set the camera to start recording to the PC when, it surprisingly enough, detects motion. You can hide the software while this is running if you want to keep things discreet.
The time Lapse Video option will take series of snapshots of timed intervals, while the My Recordings tab enables you to show you when recordings with icons appearing as part of the calendar.
Creative also supplies a rather pointless Photo Manager application for your images, though it does include a slideshow option with some transitions that make a pleasant change from the standard Windows XP ones.
In use the Creative Webcam worked fine. Those I video conferenced with reported image quality to be decent, except for the fact was my face filled their screens. It’s not the best you can get in terms of detail but for the price it’s perfectly acceptable.
If you’re looking for a simple webcam that does the job and won’t burn too large a hole in your pocket then the Creative WebCam Instant will do the job, whether it’s for Skype or any other video chat application.