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The best webcams we found all have built-in microphones and special effects. All but the Logitech C500 webcam boast a zoom feature and all but the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 are compatible with all types of instant messenger services. Despite their low price, the HP Deluxe, Logitech Webcam C500, Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000, and Creative Technology Live Cam Video IM Pro deliver high quality audio and visual performance.

Zoom Resolution Built-In Microphone Chat Compatibility Special Effects Photo Storage
HP Deluxe Webcam estimated price $25
Yes; 5X 1280x1024 pixels Yes All Instant Messenger Services Yes 8 megapixels
Logitech Webcam C500 estimated price $41
No 1280x1024 pixels Yes All Instant Messenger Services Yes 5 megapixels
Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 estimated price $25
Yes; 3X 640x480 pixels Yes Only Windows Live Messenger Yes 1.3 megapixels
Creative Live Cam Video IM Pro estimated price $30
Yes; 4X 640x480 pixels Yes All Instant Messenger Services Yes 1.3 megapixels
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