QuickCam is a line of webcam video camera products by Logitech.
The original QuickCam was developed by Connectix in 1994 for nationwide commercial sale and was the first widely marketed webcam-like device, although its original advertising did not use the term "webcam" or refer to the World Wide Web, then in its infancy. Video conferencing via computers already existed at the time, and client-server based video conferencing software such as CU-SeeMe was gaining popularity. Eventually, it evolved from an RS-232 connector to a parallel connector then eventually to a USB connection. It is now considered one of the top gadgets of all time.
The initial model was available only for the Apple Macintosh, connecting to it via the serial port. It produced 16 shades of gray at a resolution of 320×240 pixels, and could record video at about 15 frames per second; it cost $100.
The software that originally shipped with the camera included QuickMovie for recording motion pictures and QuickPICT for capturing still images.
The QuickCam product line was acquired by Logitech in 1998. The company has gradually decreased support for the Macintosh platform, with only one current model officially supporting Mac or including Mac drivers. This could largely be the result of Apple building webcams into their laptop and desktop computers, negating the need for external third party devices. Many recent models implement the USB video device class standard and work under Mac OS without additional drivers.
Today, Logitech QuickCam is one of the world's most recognized webcam brands.
StevesAntFarm.com is the longest continuously running webcam using a QuickCam. Started in January 1995 and continues to this day.
In October, QuickCam was elected to Time Magazine's Top 100 Gadgets of all Time
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... The first commercial webcam, the black-and-white QuickCam, entered the marketplace in 1994, created by the U.S ... QuickCam was available in August 1994 for the Apple Macintosh, connecting via a serial port, at a cost of $100 ... The original QuickCam provided 320x240-pixel resolution with a grayscale depth of 16 shades at 60 frames per second, or 256 shades at 15 frames per second ...
... Sensor resolution RRP (USD) Notes Connectix QuickCam 1994 General 320x240 4bpp Greyscale $100 Sold over 500,000 units from 1994 to 1997 ... Connectix Color QuickCam 1996 General 320x240 24bpp $199 Connectix Color QuickCam 1997 ... General 320x240 24bpp $199 Improved sensor and optical system, optimised for indoor use ... First USB QuickCam also supports parallel ports ...
... Logitech HD Webcam C510 (V-U0016) 860-000261 Logitech QuickCam E3500 960-000224 Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision SE 860-00023 Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision 861238 Logitech QuickCam ...