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Following on from our recent look at Creative's very small and neat Live WebCam for Notebooks, today we step up a notch in terms of size, features and of course price.

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The Live! Motion is a clever piece of kit. Not only does it look stylish, it also boasts a high resolution (for a webcam) 640x480 CCD sensor and pads out its impressive CV with a motorised pan and tilt function. Creative clearly have big plans for their WebCam lineup and with just about the only serious competition coming in the shape of Logitech's QuickCam Orbit they're not exactly fighting to be noticed, though on paper at least Logitech have the edge at present with their Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP boasting a genuine 1.3 Megapixel sensor (approx 1280x1024) as opposed to the Live! Motion's interpolated 1.3 Megapixel captures.


200° pan and 105° tilt view with ultra wide-angle lens
76° ultra wide-angle lens
Ultra smooth mechanical motor for pan and tilt functions
640 x 480 CCD sensor
640 x 480 video at 30 frames per second
1.3 Megapixels photos (software enhanced)
Certified high-speed USB 2.0 (fully compatible with USB 1.1)
Creative Smart Face-Tracking with 4X digital zoom
Hands-free headset for clear VoIP
Includes Yahoo!® Messenger and works with MSN® Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, and other instant messaging services
Includes SightSpeed™ for high quality video calls1
Includes Orb2 for remote home monitoring [North America Only] (works with Windows XP only)

Once you've hacked your way into the heat-sealed pack with a good, sharp axe, inside you'll find all you need to get up and running.

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The supplied software CD includes the drivers and Creative WebCam Center software along with a few useful titles like Creative Photo Manager, SightSpeed VoIP+Video software, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Yahoo! Messenger and an electronic user's guide.

The WebCam comes with a fixed USB2.0 cable which takes care of feeding the video to your PC, while Creative have compensated for the lack of an integrated microphone by bundling an OK-quality mono earphone/mic headset. This can be used in either ear though I didn't find it terribly comfortable for prolonged use.

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