I had a Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks laying around for web chats. I recently replaced it with a Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 in an attempt to address from audio feedback issues. I also have an old Toshiba Protégé TabletPC.
I connected the QuickCam to the TabletPC and then installed the demo version of ImageSalsa. I read through the ImageSalsa manual. I created a new portfolio and a new canvas. I followed the instruction to enable the camera and add it as a graphic. I was able to see the video feed in ImageSalsa. I did a text overlay of the date and time.
The first issue I had was the image appeared to be fuzzy. I wasn’t sure if it was the software or the TabletPC screen. But then I remembered the QuickCam has a manual focus ring. I played with that and was able to get a sharper image but still wasn’t happy with the sky image. It was an overcast afternoon but the clouds were completely washed out in ImageSalsa. The resolution was only 320 x 240 which I thought might have something to do with it.
I decided to try the LifeCam next. This time the image was completely wrong like the RGB values were off. I did some web searching and found a reference on Microsoft’s knowledge base that there may be driver issues if a Logitech camera was installed first. So, I uninstalled the Logitech drivers but the image was still wrong. I also looked for LifeCam drivers but there weren’t any for this model.
I did some more research and also found many new web cameras that had auto-focus and HD resolution. I started to think that if I am going to go through all the effort to setup a weather camera, maybe I should have a decent camera.