Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 955 KB
Operating System: Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Latest Version / Release Date: 1.00.14.00 / 5/26/06
The Creative PC-CAM 550 is a dual purpose digital capture device which can function as either a web camera or a digital camera. The device driver for this capture hardware component provides the necessary communication layer which allows it to be correctly hosted by the computer system. Essentially the device driver allows the underlying operating system to tap into the feature sets built into the hardware. This extends to all installed software applications that require digital capture features. For example it can allow image editing and other types of programs to directly import images from the device. The explorer tool of the operating system is also empowered by the device driver allowing it to access any stored images in the hardware component. The image capture feature is based on the 1.3 megapixel resolution capability of the camera which will dictate the quality of the images.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
Even when connected to a host computer system as a web camera, the computer user has the functionality of creating still images and storing them directly into the hard drive. The still images which are generated by the Creative PC-CAM 550 can be retrieved using image editing applications. The post processing effects that are applied to the images are incorporated into the saved version of the image. It is possible for the computer user to specify the resolution to be used when capturing images directly from the interface of the Creative PC-CAM 550 device. This feature is extended to the operating system by the device driver via a software interface which allows the computer user to modify hardware properties. The quality of the captured image will be affected by the value of the properties defined by the user like its brightness, contrast, and gamma attributes among others. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Creative PC-CAM 550 (Still) errors before installing any driver updates.