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I am going to buy Logitech C510 HD webcam and I just checked on other questions here on AskUbuntu that it works out of the box with cheese. Jorge's response also confirm this and I feel confident buying it now.

My question is can it be limited in any functionality that I would like to do with it? I would like it to be used with everything - Skype, Gtalk video chat, Facebook, Youtube etc. Also this may sound lame but I need to know whether I could record or do a video call in lesser resolution video (its a 720p one)?

Edit: Ported part of this question to another question to make it more specific.

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This comment on the forums confirms that the camera works when you're plug it in. The older C500 shows up as supported in Linux on the Logitech page, but unfortunately that page hasn't been updated for the C510.

However mrubli from Logitech posts on their forum:

All these cameras are UVC compliant and work well on Linux.

So you should be good to go with support; as far as being able to encode with the GPU and all that you might want to split those off into seperate questions so we can get down to specifics.

I personally have had great success with Logitech webcams in Linux and I can do Cheese, Skype, and Google Talk, etc with an older Quickcam STX, if you end up with this webcam please leave a comment on how well it works!

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Thanks for your response @Jorge! I did so. Another question is here - askubuntu.com/questions/30222/… Can you answer if it would be possible to record at lower resolutions? Most probably it would be, but I just wanted to confirm that else it won't be of much use to me. –  Ashfame Mar 13 '11 at 20:40

I've bought the Logitech C510 HD camera today. I can say that it's working very good in latest version of Mint 11, which is based on Ubuntu 11.04, so there should be no difference.
Here are a couple of advises. If you want to record your self use guvcview instead of chease software because in chease you can't get the full frame rate, at least I don't know how.

I have tested the camera on google video (for which you need to download their plugin, that should take a minute) and with skype, both work very good.
Hope this helps some one in the future.

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