FaceVsion Touchcam N1 review

Is this HD webcam worth the high-price tag?

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  • High quality video
  • Hassle free set-up
  • Skype compatibility


  • Pricey
  • No bundled software

With the FaceVsion TouchCam N1 retailing dangerously close to the £100 mark it's going to have to be a bloody good camera to justify it's very existence.

After all, how many of us really need a high definition webcam? Come to think of it who actually needs a standalone webcam full stop?

Trying to convince a buying public, who likely as not have a laptop as well as their desktop PC, that an external webcam is necessary when there's one sat in the lid of their lappy is always going to be tricky. Especially if you're asking this much cash.

But luckily the TouchCam N1 is a darned good camera. With Skype and Live Messenger both hitting the HD video messaging trail the N1 is all ready to roll. It's picked up pretty much immediately by Skype, and so it should considering it comes bundled with the installer in the FaceVsion packaging.

There's precious little else in that package though; no fun stuff and no recording/editing software either. Which for this price is a bit of shame.

Frame rates are nothing to write, or video call, home about either averaging around 19fps. Which is a little short of the purported 22fps which the marketing spiel would have you believe. Still, there's no hassle actually getting the cam working, it's about as driverless as they come and all it needs is plugging in and you're away.

It is a pricey beast, but if you're in the market for a HD webcam then you'll get framerates as smooth as any other on the market and guaranteed Skype compatibility too.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWebcam
Product FamilyTouchCam
Brand NameFaceVsion
Device SupportedComputer
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0
Height60 mm
Width100 mm
Depth45 mm
ManufacturerFaceVsion Technology USA
Product ModelN1
Product NameTouchCam N1 Webcam
Product LineTouchCam
Manufacturer Part Number1QCCZZZ0ST1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.facevsionusa.com
Marketing Information

Stay connected in high definition at anytime, from anywhere.

Introducing FV TouchCam N1, a HD VideoCam with embedded H.264 codec chip and dual microphones supporting beam forming techniques, offers synchronized, crystal clear HD video (720p, 3X DVD resolution) and superior audio quality. Now, with FV TouchCam N1, Skype users worldwide can enjoy HD-quality video calling, stay even more closely with friends and family or effectively discuss business partnerships across time zones.

Weight (Approximate)90 g