Quick Review: Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX

Logitech has always been notorious for poor Linux driver support. That doesn't mean their hardware is poor, however. I have managed to find a decent webcam from Logitech that was plug and play in Linux.

Plug and play.

Yes, the moment I unwrapped it from its box in a box, I popped it into my laptop and fired up a webcam test application. To my surprise, it worked. Then I tried Flash apps. The camera worked fine in those too.

The specific camera in question is a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX. If you were ever wary of getting a certain webcam, get this one. It is a decent price, and works perfectly at the default 320 resolution (or 640 interpolated). There is a microphone built into it that does work, but I found it easier just to use my external mic.

Now if only Adobe Flash would quit freezing when I'm done using Ustream.

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Discussion: Quick Review: Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX

  1. # Posted on 12 August 2007 at 06:09 PM

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  2. Terriann (guest)

    # Posted on 21 August 2007 at 06:25 PM

    hello how come people on aol and paltalk cant see my camara ...can u please help me

  3. Gerard E. Pelletier (guest)

    # Posted on 19 October 2007 at 11:30 AM

    I have a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX Webcam. The Audio Tuning Wizard indicates that the sound is OK. And the camera transmits a good picture to the other person. However, the sound is not captured by the other's speakers. What's happening? And how do I fix that? Thanks

  4. # Posted on 14 February 2008 at 10:57 AM

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  5. I K (guest)

    # Posted on 28 April 2008 at 09:01 AM

    You just plugged it in and it worked...not the way it's gone for me. Didn't work in Gutsy, now I'm on Hardy and it still doesn't work.

    Webcam support is strongly in the running for the most unsupported hardware in the Linux universe. Even my lousy ATI graphics card gets better support.

  6. Fred Nerk (guest)

    # Posted on 28 August 2008 at 04:26 PM

    The software provided with the webcam, records videoclips in only .wmv file format, so the webcam is no good for sending videoclips to people other than Windows users with Windows Media Player.

    No software exists to record videoclips in platform independent file formats, such as .mpeg .

    No software exists for recording video clips on Linux.

    Basicaly, Logitech is for only Windows users.

    May be, one day, Logitech will wake up and realise that not all people use MS Windows.

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