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Why is good webcam recording software so hard to find?

I need a program that will take high quality photos with my webcam. Most webcam software I found is ridiculously cheap/old and ugly to interact with.

I tried using movie maker, but it will only record video at 640x480. I need to take a few photos at 2560x1920 (my webcam supports it @ 7fps).

I would screw it all and write my own Flash/Air application to do it, but I seriously don't have the time.

Please recommend a good program. I don't care if it costs money, as long as I can see a preview, set the high resolution, and take a high-quality photo.

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Most webcams come with software that allows you to use the hardware to its fullest...are you sure that your webcam supports almost 5 megapixels? Nowadays I guess I have to ask but if it is an integrated webcam on a laptop, it most probably is not going ot have that sort of resolution... – g19fanatic Feb 2 '11 at 12:22
@G19fanatic Yes, it is 5MP, and it came with just the drivers, it's this webcam:… – Tudor Feb 2 '11 at 12:44
I bet it's only interpolated software 5MP... But see my tool. – sinni800 Feb 2 '11 at 17:17

Cheese is a good simple "photo booth" application for taking pictures with web cameras.

(If this answer doesn't work for you, please specify an OS.)

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cheese is the solution i'd go with. Even if you need to try to use it with a livedisc, it'll work great (usually) – g19fanatic Feb 2 '11 at 17:39
well, I'm mainly on windows7, but I do also have Ubuntu, so cheers! – Tudor Feb 2 '11 at 17:59

Logitech- Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.0/3.7. The resolution and quality of pictures this webcam produces is just ridiculous. Outstanding. I take my computer to places just to use my logitech webcam to take photos becuase its so fantastic.

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If you are on Linux then QtCAM is a free software for taking pictures or videos with webcams or any USB cameras for that matter. This will give you the resolution and FPS that your webcams support.

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