List of cameras with onboard video compression

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This article should contain a list of cameras, that contain some ASIC to do video compression in real-time and deliver a stream of compressed video.

Transmitting a video stream across a network usually consumes comparably high amounts of bandwidth, especially when the video is recorded at a high resolution, such as 720p or 1080p. Webcam-based conversations however depend on small time delays between camera and receiver. Video streams are therefore usually compressed before transmission, preferably using efficient video codecs, like H.264. Video encoding on the other hand consumes high amounts of computing power, such that it is advantageous to make use of a dedicated hardware encoder for stream encoding.


This is a list of cameras with support for hardware-based, onboard video stream encoding:

Manufacturer Model Connection Typical application Maximum resolution @ 30 fps Onboard encoding Linux support
Arecont Vision AV2805 LAN surveillance 1920×1080 H.264 -
Creative Live! Cam inPerson 1080 USB 2.0 videochat 1920×1080 H.264 claimed[1]
Creative Live! Cam Connect HD USB 2.0 videochat 1280×720[2] H.264 UVC1.1 only[citation needed]
Creative Live! Cam Connect HD 1080 USB 2.0 videochat 1920×1080 H.264 (?) claimed[citation needed]
GoPro HD Hero 2 SD card camcorder 1920×1080 H.264 -
HP HD-5210 USB 2.0 videochat 1280×720 (?) H.264 Via Skype Encoding Camera Specification API only[3]
Logitech C920 USB 2.0 videochat 1920×1080 H.264 Yes[4]
Logitech C930e[5] USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 ready) videochat 1920×1080 H.264 (SVC + UVC 1.5) -
Logitech B990 USB 2.0 videochat  ? H.264 Upcoming[6]
ON Semiconductor Aptina AR0330[7] USB 2.0 surveillance 1920×1080[8] H.264 Yes,[9] UVC 1.1[10]

(Only cameras with codecs, which provide efficient compression, shall be listed.)