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I am using a Logitech c270h on Xubuntu 12.04 and it works with Skype, Pidgin, camorama, etc.... The issue I have is that I can not get it to utilize full resolution, which is 1280x720. v4l-info shows:

anthony@terminal:~$ v4l-info 

### v4l2 device info [/dev/video0] ###
general info
    VIDIOC_QUERYCAP
    driver                  : "uvcvideo"
    card                    : "UVC Camera (046d:0825)"
    bus_info                : "usb-0000:00:1d.2-2.2"
    version                 : 3.2.30
    capabilities            : 0x4000001 [VIDEO_CAPTURE,STREAMING]

 - SNIP -

    VIDIOC_G_FMT(VIDEO_CAPTURE)
    type                    : VIDEO_CAPTURE
    fmt.pix.width           : 352
    fmt.pix.height          : 288
    fmt.pix.pixelformat     : 0x47504a4d [MJPG]
    fmt.pix.field           : NONE
    fmt.pix.bytesperline    : 0
    fmt.pix.sizeimage       : 12800
    fmt.pix.colorspace      : SRGB
    fmt.pix.priv            : 0

This is in line with the result I experience. No HD resolution. Is there something wrong with my device, or is it a driver issue? Is there some additional configurations that can be made to get this thing working at full capacity?

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OK, this is an old thread, and the OP is probably no longer interested. But if someone else is looking, a good tool for examining what your webcam is doing is guvcview. It's available in Synaptic, and works very well. Skype is another issue. Microsoft now say that HD in Skype is only available for Skype version 5 or later, and Linux Skype stopped at 4.2.x.x, so we will never see HD Skype in Linux. You also need some serious computer power and HD screen resolution and good bandwidth at both ends etc. etc. Not sure about Google hangouts - maybe that will work. I'll find out when I buy my new HD webcam.

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