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A4Tech Night Vision FlexiCam

The latest addition to my tech gadgetry is a night vision webcam. This A4Tech PK-7MAR “FlexiCam” captures 30 frames per second at 640X480 pixels both in daylight and absolute darkness.

For the night vision function, the cam uses 4 infrared LEDs which are placed around the lens. There’s a bright flash-like light panel on top of the cam that acts as a filler in low-light conditions. The cam is mounted on steel tube, which can be extended upto 16″ or 40 centimeters. The tube is flexible enough to be bended and stretched to bring to cam to eye level. A microphone is built-in as well which seemed to be of good quality. It has a “snapshot” button that can be used to take quick pictures (however, it’s a software dependent feature). The front-side sliding cover is a good attempt to protect the lens, and can come handy if you suddenly need to disappear from a chat session!

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  • I got one of these too. Do you know what the chipset is that it uses. I don't seem to be able to get to work under OpenSuse 10.2 and think I need drivers. What did you do to get it working under Linux?
    Thanks
    Randy

  • I got one but it is not working good in bulb light… its toooo bright and show green picture in bulb light as if the night vision is on. I put a white lamp right on top of the cam and picture was fine.
    This is bad … i cannot have the white light on top of it all the time as I have yellow bulb light every where in my home