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How to Adjust Focus on Webcam?

how can i make my webcam look perfect? like clearer and stuff.. coz i cant get it to look perfect!! i have a logitech one and it has no lights so i use a lamp.. how can i make it clear!! HELP!

Sun, 06 May 2007 00:30:41 -0700

I think the correct terminology is "sharpness". I believe you want to make your webcam photos sharp.

First of all, if the lens is dirty, use a soft cotton cloth to wipe it clean. Wipe softly with a slight moisture for best result. Don't push too hard, because you don't want to scratch the lens.

Most webcams do not have auto-focus. Instead, they rely on you to adjust the focus yourself. Most webcams allow you to adjust focus by turning the front lens element. Turn the lens element until your video feed becomes sharp (most "clear").

If after you adjust focus, your webcam still doesn't give you the sharpness that you are looking for, then you need a better webcam. Most $20 webcams do not provide very good photo/video quality. Get a digital camera or digital camcorder if you want optimal sharpness.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 06 May 2007 10:03:54 -0700

that is about the stupidist suggestion ever. it does help at all

thanks for nothing

Sat, 15 Sep 2007 03:29:32 +0000

well it helped me, thanks Chieh

Sun, 06 Jan 2008 23:22:02 +0000

What i do for best sharpness is: Place a painting or picture on your computer chair. Focus your webcam on the painting/picture while watching it on your monitor. Be advised that there are situations where one lamp may not be enough light for others to see you properly. I use 3 lights & get excellent compliments concerning my video. I use a light on the ceiling & one light on each side of me. I use 3, 30 watt screw-on fluorescent bulbs.

Fri, 21 Mar 2008 04:58:40 +0000

This is great help.Thanks tasha

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 02:52:17 +0000

it all depends on the distance folks. The distance between the camera and the objected to be captured is what is focus. so make sure when you are setting the focus keep the object exactly the same distance that you are going to be sitting when you are online. and then see it work for sure.

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:38:28 +0000

When I need to take really close up shots of pieces of paper and stuff, i put a magnifying glass over my camera and it acts as a lens. If I adjust the distance of the camera plus the magnifying lens just right, I can get a crystal clear image.

Edison Orellana
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:36:04 +0300

That's a good trick. You have discovered the origin of "close-up lens". :-)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:46:07 +0300

How do you focus a webcam without a focus button?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:55:08 +0400

The magnifying glass comment above is the best one so far if you want to save money. It will work for
verification apps and can save you some frustration. These apps need a sharp image on documents and the magnifying glass helps a lot!

But you will need a 3rd arm or someone else to hold the glass while you position and focus the document and take the pic.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:45:17 -0800

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