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The Photo Manager is just that, a photo managing and editing tool. Video Impression 2 is a basic video editing utility and SightSpeed is a Creative supported online video conferencing utility. One neat feature is that SightSpeed allows the remote user to take control of your camera and move it around at their leisure. I wasn’t too impressed with the video quality of SightSpeed, although the audio quality was quite good.
Speaking of which, Creative supplies a mono in-ear headset which is reasonably comfortable to use as long as you’re happy with the in-ear design. An ear hook helps carrying the weight of the headset and it can be angled for use in either ear. The boom microphone can also be adjusted to achieve a suitable angle.
As a whole it’s not a bad package, but I didn’t really expect anything less from Creative. The manual comes in most commonly spoken languages, although the printed manual is only a quick setup guide and for more detailed information you have to revert to the PDF version on the CD.
As webcams go, the Creative WebCam Live! Motion is one of the best out there, but as such it doesn’t come cheap. At £89.79 you can get yourself a couple of similar quality web cameras without the panning and tracking. However, since that is the selling point and the only competition is the Logitech QuickCam Sphere, Creative’s new baby looks fairly attractive. Although the Logitech would save you around £10 it’s a lot bulkier, produces an inferior image and you can’t hang it on top of your display.
The Creative WebCam Live! Motion is an affordable face tracking camera that also sports some fancy features usually seen on more expensive video conferencing cameras. With the ageing Logitech QuickCam Sphere the only relevant competition, Creative should do well.
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