Nov 2, 2010

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

So I got myself a nice modern webcam (Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 for about ~90 EUR). But how does it work on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)? I wasn't sure if it worked at all. As it arrived today I can now say that it works well so far.

I did the following:

  1. Plugg it in a free USB port.
  2. Set the "Input" of the sound preferences to use the Webcam's build in mic (called "0821 Analog Stereo" here) if you want to use that one.
  3. Install cheese to try it out (or use Skype/Empathy and call a friend)
  4. Set the cheese capture resolution to what you want (open the preferences for that). For pictures use a high resolution, for video use a lower one as the framerate will be very bad on the higher resolutions.

So it worked well so far out of the box. I hope the linux drivers improve further as I think the video capturing is a bit low on the framerate side. Noteworthy is that the framerate is higher in Skype than in Cheese, so maybe its just the software that needs to improve. I didn't try it with Empathy so far.