I've been using the Logitech QuickCam Pro and like it really well. You can find them for a bit over $100 bucks, and often with mail-in rebates. It uses a USB connection and performs pretty damn well.
I've tested it with Windows 2000 and Windows ME, and it works great with either. Logitech bundles some nice software with it that lets you take photos, video, create a web cam and more.
If you're looking for a decent web cam, you really can't go wrong with it.
I just bought a Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000 today for about $75. I agree that it's a darn good piece of hardware, but can't say I like the software.
I was hoping that it'd include software to put a live feed on my site but no such thing. I could sign up for spotlife.com's free trial and use that. What's the point? I'd finally get people visiting my site and then I'd tell them to go look at some ugly page? Nope.
Dunno if you mind, but what software would you recommend for getting a live stream on my site? Preferably freeware, but if it has to be shareware, I want something good but still cheap (I can't afford much right now).
Live streams are a bit of a trick, mainly because your PC acts as a server. If you're behind a NAT/router, many of the streaming programs won't work (unless you fuss with the port filters to allow inbound requests).
Spotlife used to have a free service, then they went to a pay model.
WebCamNow has a free service, but it doesn't integrate with your website.
Inetcam has a program called iVista that will do what you want, but it's a commercial program (there is a demo available).
Camarades has a program that I think will let you put streaming video on your own web page, but I haven't tried it.
Check the webcam section of the BigBlueBall links directory for more.
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