Offers decent performance and is good value for money
Manual focus, LED lamps, adjustable design, decent performance
Poor build quality, reliability issues, could not be attached securely to any monitor
Expert Rating :
Today we have for you a webcam from UMAX - the Powerview Magicam. This webcam includes manual focus, LED night lamps and VGA video recording capability at 30 FPS. We put it through its paces and tell you how it performed.
UMAX Powerview Magicam
Design and Construction
The camera has a long cylindrical design. The front side has the camera lens with the manual focus ring surrounding it. You just need turn the ring around till you find that the subject is in focus. Below the lens are the LED night lamps.
On top of the camera is the capture key, the digital zoom key and another key, which adds effects in your images such as frames, etc.
The base of the webcam is fully adjustable. It even has a hole at the bottom like a camera for connecting it to a tripod. The only problem is that we could not manage to fit it securely to any monitor.
The build quality of the camera is very poor. It has a cheap plasticky feel to it and the buttons are also very tacky. Reliability also seems to be a problem. On our review sample the LED lights would fluctuate sometimes and the microphone would not record any audio.