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Philips SPC900

Philips SPC900
alaScore 76

70 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Philips SPC900. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and design, but many are negative about the price and reliability.

usability, design, size

reliability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Philips SPC900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Philips SPC900 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the size. The design is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability, and opinions are divided on the price.

usability, design, size


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips USB Webacm SPC880 / SPC900 Astronomy CameraPhilips USB Webacm SPC880 / SPC900 Astronomy Camera

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (

Philips SPC-900NC review: Philips SPC-900NC


Philips SPC-900NC

Smooth face tracking; useful lighting presets; smooth video at 30 and 60fps; tripod screw mount.

Buggy software; dead pixels on sensors; cheap and lightweight; poorly designed stand; no autofocus; low max resolutions for video and photos.

Aside from its ability to follow a face, the Philips SPC 900NC Webcam disappoints.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Philips SPC 900NC webcam


Philips might not seem to be the obvious choice for a webcam manufacturer, however with a huge imaging department care of its TV division you can quickly see the link. The Philip SPC 900NC is the company's flagship webcam a part of its ToUcam III...

Pixel Plus technology found in its TVs, easy to use, 90 frames per second capture rate in video mode

Automatic lighting adjustment gets confused at times, very narrow angle of view, stand fits uncomfortably on laptop screens.

If you are after good picture quality without the need for a wide angle of catchment then the Philips does a good job. Likewise the mic worked well to pick up our voice, if not a little too well. With no mic direction software background noise was...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : staff (

Philips SPC 900NC review


Messaging and you

Versatile ; Personalises messages

Not very useful or necessary

A nifty and easy-to-use way to personalise your online messaging

Feb, 2008

Consumer review (

Nice Pictures, Easy Setup


The camera installs easily by just plugging it into the USB port after running the setup software.

It made my computer freeze up the first time I used it (running XP Pro), but after I rebooted and defragged- it worked fine.

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (

Amazing color!


The color rendering of this webcam is outstanding! Lots of manual control, including: red/gblue adjustment, fps, contrast, gamma, brightness, flicker free mode for fluorescent lighting, saturation, white balance, gain, shutter speed.

Not USB 2.

May, 2007

Consumer review (

Best Webcam I've Seen Yet!


Great picture clarity, can make good quality videos that I email to my sisters, microphone works well too.

mounting is very lame, had to do quite a balancing act on my Dell lcd monitor.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Great picture quality


Great image quality.

If you install all the driver software, it uses a lot of CPU (30%) just to work (Athlon 2600+) with any application.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Great Picture!


this Cam has a very good picture, I have owned 5 different Webcams since they have had webcams, and this one is the best so far.

NO WINDOWS VISTA DRIVERS!!!!!! when I contacted Philips about that, they said that at this time there wasn't any plans for Vista drivers for this Cam.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

PHILIPS SPC900NC/37 1.3 MP Effective Pixels USB Interface Pixel Plus WebCam - Retail


CCD sensor is much more sensitive than newer CMOS sensors.

Bit expensive.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Best webcam below 100 dollars


I am quite surprised that a review has not been written for this particular model of webcam, since it is something like a BMW in the cloud of other budget webcams. If you do not know by now, CCD based webcams are the best webcams, however, most of the ...

Excellent video quality, high frame rate

stand, tripod mount

Apr, 2008

Product Specifications

This is simply the best webcam in the world. It has Philips state-of-the-art technology and its optics are so sensitive that it will even give you colorful, high definition images in darkness. It's perfect for web casting and home monitoring.


Audio Support: Yes
Camera Mechanical Design:Fixed
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480


Built-in flash: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Cable Length:82.7
Color of product:Black, Silver
Interface:USB 1.1 / USB 2.0
Mounting type:Stand
Product color:Black, Silver
Product colour:Black, Silver
Sensor Type:CCD

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:Canada / United States
Model:900NC/900NC PC Camera
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips SPC


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:640 x 480

Other Features

12 NC code:908210004494
Add video to:MSN Messenger\nYahoo! Messenger\nAOL Messenger\nSkype
Additional accessories:Quick install guide\nUser Manual
Audio card required: Yes
Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 98\nMicrosoft Windows ME\nMicrosoft Windows 2000\nMicrosoft Windows XP
Digital Natural Motion: Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):2.91 x 2.91 x 5.59
EAN/UPC/GTIN:87 10895 86627 9
EAN/UPC/GTIN (outer carton):10609585136318 / 87 10895 88561 4
EAN/UPC/GTIN (packaging):609585136311 / 8710895908740
Gross weight of outer carton:7.14
Gross weight outer carton:7.14
Height outer carton:8.43 / 9.76
Internet connection required: Yes
Interpolated snapshot resolution:1.3 MP
Interpolated video resolution:VGA
Length outer carton:10 / 15.2
Lens system:F2.2, D55°
Minimum hard disk space:200
Minimum processor:Pentium II 500MHz or faster
Minimum RAM:128
Optical drive required: Yes
Package length:7.48
Package weight:0.97
Packaging tare weight:0.717
Power supply type:USB
Quantity outer carton:2 / 6
Quantity per box:1
Quicklaunch button: Yes
Sensor Resolution:0.3 / VGA
Snapshot resolution:VGA
Tare weight outer carton:5.16
Width outer carton:11.2 / 8.07

Packaging Content

CRT stand:Y
Desktop stand:Y
Laptop clamp:Y
LCD clamp:Y
Quick installation guide:Y

Packaging Data

CRT stand: Yes
Desktop stand: Yes
Laptop clamp: Yes
LCD clamp: Yes
Manual: Yes
Package depth:7.48
Package height:9.06
Package type:Blister
Package weight:15.5
Package width:3.54
Packaging type:Blister
Quick installation guide: Yes


Auto focus: No
Color Depth:24
Digital Zoom:8
Face tracking: Yes
Full HD: No
Maximum frame rate:90
Maximum image resolution:1280 x 960
Maximum interpolated image resolution:1.2
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Minimum illumination:1
Motion detector: Yes
Motion sensor:Y
Photo feature: Yes
Snapshot button: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64
Zoom capability: Yes


Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000,Windows 98,Windows ME,Windows XP Home,Windows XP Home x64,Windows XP Professional,Windows XP Professional x64

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

Technical Details

Outer carton gross weight:2.36 / 7.14
Outer carton tare weight:2340 / 840
Package net weight:115 / 125
Package tare weight:11.5

Video Input

Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:Hi-Speed USB/USB
Still Image Capture Resolution:1248 x 960
Still Image Capture Speed:90frames per second

Weight & Dimensions