Why You Should Get A Webcam

Web cameras are everywhere now. If you have been on line at all in the past few years, then you have encountered a web camera in some form or another. They range from the mini to video camera size. Web cameras do have value, and are something that you should consider purchasing and setting up. Web cameras often get undo reputations as tools only for the unseemly, but there are far more family friendly reasons for using the web camera than other types of cameras.

Though there are many more, here are five reasons to get a web camera for yourself. First of all, a web camera, set up properly, can be practical. For instance, what if you decide to go out of town for a week or two? You have a number of house plants that you want to keep an eye on, or perhaps even a fish or a pet hamster. By setting up a web camera, you would be able, no matter where you are, to check in on them via a quick trip on line.

If the plants look a little droopy, or the automatic fish feeder isn't working, a quick phone call to a neighbor or friend would be perfect. A second reason to think about a web camera is for peace of mind. If you work during the day and hire a babysitter, maybe you want to check in during the day, but you can't just take off from work.

Let the sitter know you are setting up a web camera not necessarily because you don't trust him or her, but because you want to be able to see your baby during the day (and because you do want to make sure the babysitter is doing a good job). You can simply take a quick minute or two at work, log on, and see your child. Third, maybe you leave your dog or other pet in the back yard during the day while you are at work and the kids are at school.

You probably wonder what he does back there all day, or what kind of trouble he gets into during the day. Set up your new web camera to look at part of the back yard. If the dog is digging or getting into something he shouldn't, you can take care of the problem. Fourth and this is especially for those who live farther away from family, it is a good way for families to stay close. Grandparents can see their grandbaby napping or playing in her swing.

Children can show their aunts and uncles their school project. Even great grand parents, who may not be able to travel, can see the newest addition to the family, a report card, or the great grandchild's first steps across the living room. Magic moments caught from a distance are, alone, a great reason to think about a web camera. A fifth reason to consider a web camera is that the sum of the practical reasons, sentimental reasons, and fun reasons to own one all add up to a value well above the financial cost. A web camera can be had for around $30, and with being able to show off the new baby, children's artwork from school, check on the baby sitter, watch the dog, keep an eye on pets and plants while on vacation, and being able to say "hi" while face to face with a distant friend or far off relative is worth it. Hooking up the camera is easy, and the joy on the faces of relatives or catching that fern before is wilts completely are worth those few dollars and few minutes.

Perhaps you are concerned about having to set up a website to be able to put the images somewhere for people to see. Well, you can certainly do that if you have the expertise, but most of us don't have the know-how for that. So, when purchasing your web camera, pay attention to what is offered.

Because now, several companies are offering buyers a free place to upload the images. This space and the easy instructions will save you the trouble of having to set up and maintain a web server or even a hosted website.

Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. For great digital print services go to

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