Webcam devices

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  • The Webcam HowTo
  • Ekiga -- Ekiga is a free Voice over IP phone allowing you to do free calls over the Internet. Ekiga is the first Open Source application to support both H.323 and SIP, as well as audio and video. Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting.
  • motion -- motion-detection using a webcam
  • sonic-snap -- webcam application specifically suited for the Sonix sn9c10x chip
  • spook -- capture live video and audio and stream it over an IP network
  • vgrabbj -- grabs a image from a camera and puts it in jpg/png format
  • Videoview & Device Debugger -- applications suited for some drivers present in the Linux kernel. Videoview supports the USB Video Class standard.
  • webcam -- captures images and uploads them to a Web-Server via ftp or ssh in a endless loop


Webcam drivers

(alphabetize by driver)

Many of these are out-of-tree kernel drivers.

  • cpia -- first generation of STM's Color Processor Interface (ASIC) Cpia
    • Included in mainline kernel
    • Supports a large number of USB devices by Aiptek, Creative, Digicom, Dynalink, Ezonics, Intel, Microtek, Pace, SuperCam, TCE, Terracom, Trust, Utobia, ZoomCam
    • Supports some parallel port devices by Creative, CVideo, CU-SeeMe, Digicom, and ZoomCam
  • cpia2 -- second generation of STM's Color Processor Interface (ASIC)
    • Included in mainline kernel from 2.6.18
    • Supports the QX5 USB microscope, the Swann Versacam MINI webcam, and other devices using the second generation of STM's Color Processor Interface (ASIC)
  • et61x251 -- included in the kernel
    • Supports Etoms ET61X151 or ET61X251-based USB cameras
  • icm532
  • meye -- the Sony Vaio PictureBook Motion Eye Camera Driver
    • Included in 2.4 and 2.6 kernels -- see documentation
    • Supports the second version of the MotionEye camera (PCI vendor/device 0x136b/0xff01)
    • A driver for the third version is being written, see r-engine below
  • nw802
  • ov511
  • pwc -- the new driver
  • qce-ga/qc-usb
    • Kernel module package available in
    • Supports Logitech Quickcam Express, LegoCam, Dexxa Webcam, Labtec Webcam (old model), Logitech QuickCam Notebook (some models)
  • quickcam
  • r-engine
    • Aims to support Sony Vaio Picturebooks (model PCG-C1M* and newer, PCI vendor/device 0x10cf/0x2011)
  • se401
  • sqcam
    • Supports webcams based on the sq905 chip, such as Volcano DG640E, Nexxtech Micro Digital Camera, Umax (Yamada) Astranugget; may work with Mito DG640E, Mitek CD10, Mitek 30P, GTW Electronics/ ShuoYing, Industrial(ShenZhen)Co.,Ltd SY-2102, Condord Eye-Q Easy / Eye Q Easy Too, Che-ez Snap, Hercules DualPix, Argus DC-1512, DC-1510, Gear to go, Magpix B350, Jenoptik JD 350, Concord Eye-Q Easy, PockCam
  • Sonix SN9C10x
    • Available in the latest kernels as sn9c102
    • Supports webcams based on the sn9c102 chip, such as the Genius VideoCam NB
    • Another driver was in development here sonix
    • sn9c101 -- patch for Trust Spacec@m
  • stv680 -- SANE backend
  • spca5xx
    • Supports webcams based on Sunplus Sonix Transvision Z-star/Vimicro Conexant Etoms chips
    • from various vendor Aiptek Intel Creative Logitec Labtec Mustek ...
    • Supports webcams such as Aiptek Pencam and Digital Dream l'espion
  • sty0680
  • tv8532
  • uvcvideo
    • USB Video Class driver
  • w9968cf -- included in the kernel
  • zr364xx
    • Supports the webcam mode of cameras based on the ZR364xx chips from wendors like Aiptek, Concord, Creative, Genius, Maxell, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Pentacon, Mustek, Konica, Umax etc.
  • zc0301 -- included in the kernel
    • Supports Z-Start/Vimicro ZC0301-based USB cameras
  • zc0302

There is some support for various cards with several video inputs and one bt878 processor chip; if you know about these, please supply more information.