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Webcams that use windows default drivers

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    OnlyJack

    Are there webcams with 1.3 megapixels or higher resolution with built-in microphone that can work with the windows default drivers? I want to stop having to buy a new webcam whenever a new windows version is released.

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    Yggdrasil

    I have a Logitech webcam that works on XP and Vista, and I'm damn sure it'll work on W7 as well. Not because it uses built-in drivers but because Logitech is a serious company that will likely continue supporting its products going forward. I'm not even sure Vista drivers won't work out-of-the-box in W7.



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    blowdart

    Yggdrasil said:
    I have a Logitech webcam that works on XP and Vista, and I'm damn sure it'll work on W7 as well. Not because it uses built-in drivers but because Logitech is a serious company that will likely continue supporting its products going forward. I'm not even sure Vista drivers won't work out-of-the-box in W7.


    Is this sarcasm? I know I've ended up replacing QuickCams with every major revision as they always drop driver support for 2+ year old cameras when a new OS comes out.

    Having said that the Win7 driver model hasn't changed so if it's supported in Vista ...

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    OnlyJack

    Yggdrasil said:
    I have a Logitech webcam that works on XP and Vista, and I'm damn sure it'll work on W7 as well. Not because it uses built-in drivers but because Logitech is a serious company that will likely continue supporting its products going forward. I'm not even sure Vista drivers won't work out-of-the-box in W7.


    The last webcam I bought is a QuickCam Messenger (3 years ago) and is barely usable on Vista with hacked drivers where none of the webcam settings can be changed because the software doesn't recognize it. The official software has always sucked and installed an unbelievable amount of background crap (updaters, notifiers, buttons support) causing huge boot slowdowns and wasting more than 50mb of ram even when not using the webcam.

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    Sven Groot

    blowdart said:
    Yggdrasil said:
    *snip*
    Is this sarcasm? I know I've ended up replacing QuickCams with every major revision as they always drop driver support for 2+ year old cameras when a new OS comes out.

    Having said that the Win7 driver model hasn't changed so if it's supported in Vista ...

    I have a (fairly obscure, I'll admit) webcam that doesn't work in Windows 7 x64 because it complains the driver signature is invalid. However, the same drivers work perfectly in Vista x64.

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Sven Groot said:
    blowdart said:
    *snip*

    I have a (fairly obscure, I'll admit) webcam that doesn't work in Windows 7 x64 because it complains the driver signature is invalid. However, the same drivers work perfectly in Vista x64.

    Do Vista and Windows 7 have built-in support for Firewire (IIDC) webcams?  If so, any Firewire webcam (e.g. the Unibrain Fire-i or Apple's old iSight) should work with the Windows default drivers (while USB webcam interfaces are not standardized, Firewire webcams essentially all use the same protocol and command set to communicate with the computer).

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    eddwo

    Any webcam that implements the USB Video Device Class should work without extra drivers on XP (SP2), Vista, W7, OSX 10.5 and future operating systems. Any webcam it is 'Certified for Windows Vista' should be compliant.


    Just like the Mass Storage Device Class lets USB storage devices all work in the same manner, the Video Device Class standardises the featureset of basic video capture. There may still be specialist manufacturer drivers that enable additional features, but they shouldn't be required to get the device to function. 

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