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Worth a Look: CamCam

By John Wagley

The video didn’t appear to have any lag even after a few minutes. The sound quality was also strong. A few noises (not of any intruders, but of the wind blowing against a window shade) seemed impressively clear and realistic. To ensure good video quality, the vendor suggests using a computer with a microprocessor speed of 1.6 gigahertz or higher.

The image was slightly unfocused, which appeared to be caused primarily by the Web camera’s settings. Before accessing the remote surveillance, it’s important to remember to launch the Splash program on the Windows computer.
CamCam is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; it’s also compatible with Windows 7, Vista, or XP.

Some Apple surveillance applications offer a wider array of functions, including an ability to connect to multiple IP cameras and to record video and sound. CamCam lacks such features but produces high quality video at modest cost.

Pros. Relatively simple to set up. Works with many types of IP cameras. High-quality video and audio.

Cons. Not compatible with Macintosh computers yet. Doesn’t allow users to look through multiple Web cams.

Where to get it. The Splashtop Streamer software can be downloaded from the main CamCam product page. The Apple application, priced at $4.99, can also be obtained on the CamCam site or from Apple’s App store.
 

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