[GLLUG] Webcam on Linux
james.dutton at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 11:05:36 UTC 2020
On Thu, 18 Jun 2020 at 00:51, Andrew Black via GLLUG
<gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
> My laptop webcam has broken, and I dont have the energy to get it fixed under RTB warranty.
> Are there any gotchas about buying for linux (ubuntu 18.04).
> One site says Support multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Android Smart TV, etc.
> I would like something a little more definitive than "etc".
USB webcams use a standard method for passing video and controls to the PC.
To this end, pretty much every USB webcam should work with Linux.
All the ones I have ever used just work with the same Linux driver
that has been in the Linux kernel for years now.
1) webcam embedded in laptop.
2) webcam on usb cable that clips to the top of a display
3) Boroscopes / Endoscopes - (Really small cams that can fit in small places.)
You mention "mic not important", but a mic based on a usb web cam is
likely to be better quality than the mic in a laptop.
mic's in laptops, tend to have quite a lot of background noise, mainly
because they are designed badly.
Of course, even better is a headset with an included mic.
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