PROS / It captures 12-megapixel still images.
CONS / The video resolution isn't HD.
VERDICT / This camera isn't the best when it comes to image quality, features or design, but we really wouldn't expect more for the price.
The most important thing to know about the Docooler is that it is the least expensive camera we reviewed. It has decent functionality as a fully articulating, manual focus webcam, but it does have some obvious shortcomings. Most noticeably, it's the lowest-resolution camera we reviewed.
While the others on our lineup are 1080p and 720p HD models, the Docooler shoots in 480p standard definition. This is likely below what most people are going to be looking for, but it's a good camera for its price. It's also a great option for kids.
Due to its reduced resolution, the Docooler's video is fuzzier than most others we reviewed. You're going to be missing much of the detail that an HD resolution can give you. Although the video isn't the clearest or most detailed, it is at least smooth thanks to its ability to shoot at 30 frames per second.
By now you're probably wondering why this camera is marketed as an HD camera if, as we've pointed out, it can only shoot in standard definition. It really shouldn't be marketed as that, but if we had to guess why, we'd say it's because it takes 12-megapixel “high definition” photos. Still, calling it an HD camera is rather misleading, especially considering that it only achieves its 12-megapixel status through interpolation – a process by which the camera artificially adds pixels.
Focusing is all manual on this camera, so you'll have to adjust it any time you move out of the cameras focus area. This shouldn't be too often however as webcams tend to have a pretty deep depth of field. If you'd prefer autofocus, be sure to check out some of the other cameras in our review.
There's nothing really special about the design of the Docooler. It's made almost entirely of plastic, including the lens, and it features a fairly rudimentary clip for attaching it to your monitor. The range of motion for the camera isn't great either, only allowing you to pan left and right with no up or downward motion.
The Docooler is a very inexpensive webcam that offers basic functionality. Although it's not the best webcam in terms of features, image quality or design, you'd be hard pressed to find a better camera for the price. For this reason, we consider it to be a good option for kids, or for those who just don't mind sacrificing performance for price.