Cheapest webcam on ebay, now with OpenCV support!

Written 2009-06-23

Tags:OpenCV Computer vision Universal Serial Bus Image processing Linux 

I while back I bought a Sigma Micro USB webcam. These little guys will run you about $5 with overseas shipping included. They're supported by the UVC-Video drivers in linux, but until recently, OpenCV didn't support their output format. But with OpenCV 1.1, all that is fixed. The standard webcam interfaces work great with this camera, and I've started playing with some corner detection on it.

However, there are a few catches:
All-in-all, probably worth about five dollars. At least it allows you to do basic opencv camera work.