Finding the right camera is an important step in getting set up for Skype video chat. Skype is not picky when it comes to cameras. Any USB webcam will do. Choosing the right one for your needs, however, can be a challenging task. Keep a few good criteria in mind when shopping for your webcam.
If you want to take some of the guesswork out of finding a good, Skype-compatible webcam, look for the "Skype Certified" logo on the box. These webcams have been approved by Skype as having video quality that is ideal for the Skype client. You can also look for a "High Quality Video" logo.
For the best video quality, you may want to invest in a high-definition (HD) webcam. The HD designation simply means that the webcam uses a higher resolution of pixels than a standard video. The more pixels used, the less grainy the picture. An HD webcam ensures your Skype contacts will see you in the clearest way possible.
Some webcams come with a built-in microphone. Skype can easily be configured to use this mic rather than a headset or desktop microphone. Some people prefer using a built-in mic as it frees them from being physically connected to the computer. If you do use a built-in mic, be aware that it can pick up a lot of background noise. Only use a built-in mic if you are calling from a quiet location.
A good webcam isn't the only requirement for a clear video chat. Even if you have the best webcam on the market, your video quality will suffer without a speedy Internet connection and a fast computer. Skype recommends an Internet connection speed of at least 512 Kbps, a minimum of 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor.
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