The term "webcam" (a clipped compound) may also be used in its original sense of a video camera connected to the Web continuously for an indefinite time, rather than for a particular session, generally supplying a view for anyone who visits its web page over the Internet.
Some of them, for example, those used as online traffic cameras, are expensive, rugged professional video cameras.
On the positive side, video chat gives conversations a personal touch that’s distinctly more real and connecting than other technology options currently available, such as cell phones, email and texting.
But there are also distinct challenges you don’t face with those other methods. ” and start filming your own personal romantic comedy, consider my list of 10 do’s and don’ts below.
True, it’s an increasingly common way to both screen new dates and communicate with existing partners, but there are both pros and cons to this new tool in your dating arsenal.
Some of the more expensive models do fancy things, like tracking (the camera follows you around the room) and have nice zooms, which may be useful, depending on your intended use.
I've included a photo of the Creative Web Cam Vista Plus, which is a really cheap, very basic webcam, which is Mac and PC compatible.
When sent to a remote location, the video stream may be saved, viewed or on sent there.
Unlike an IP camera (which connects using Ethernet or Wi-Fi), a webcam is generally connected by a USB cable, or similar cable, or built into computer hardware, such as laptops.