Webcam for weathercams
August 2, 2007 3:07 PM Subscribe
What would be a decent cheap
webcam or webcam-software combo to use for a 24/7 home outdoor "weathercam"?
posted by chef_boyardee to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been disappointed with the usual run of Office Depot type webcams (i.e. Logitech webcam, Creative Labs webcam, etc) due to:
1. Requirement of very clunky, resource-intensive software to grab images
2. Tendency of the webcam abstraction layer to crap out randomly after a few days
3. Poor imaging in outdoor lighting (overexposure is common)
4. Stingy 6 feet of USB cord which hardly even reaches the window, and I'm not sure if extra cable might harm signal reliability
What might be some options I can look at without spending a mint? Weatherproofed cameras (and thus $500+ price tags) are not necessary; I can build an enclosure.