I need to get a decent webcam.
I just took part in a Victorian theme weekend - my exhibit (whihc was quite popular was a fake photograph-developing machine - the way the setup worked was that I took a picture with a mocked-up bellows-style camera (inside which was a stripped-down webcam, of which more later…) - the photo was processed behind the scenes by a PC and sent to a printer concealed inside the Photo-Automato-Graph - during the processing and printing delay, I would take a fake photographic plate out of the camera, insert it into a slot in the top of the machine and crank the handle to produce some interesting sound effects.
Anyway, the webcam wasn’t really good enough - it was a cheap CMOS type and was only capable of capturing at 320 x 240 or some such (software interpolation was offered, and was naturally useless)
The camera didn’t cope particularly well with the lighting - well-lit areas were washed out with no detail and there were blocky artifacts in some of the initial photos (we managed to overcome this by adjusting the lighting mostly)
Anyway, since the end result was a faux Victorian photograph, people seemed to accept that it should be grainy and fuzzy, so I think we got away with it, but I would like to have done better.
I’ll probably have occasion to use exhibit the machine again, so I want to put a new webcam in there, and I need some real-world data.
Ordinary digital cameras are probably unsuitable, as I have to strip it down to fit it into the small end of a bellow arrangement.
I believe that CCD imaging elements will give me better detail and handling of lighting - are there any conventional-style (USB)webcams out there that have medium-resolution CCD chips in them? Has anyone tried one?