Webcams are the most applicable camera to use with FreeTrack as they are common and inexpensive with good PC connectivity and most known brands are suitable for optical tracking. They typically have specifications of 30fps maximum frame rate, at least 320x240 resolution, 40 degrees field of view and have CPU usage. All have color sensors and an infrared blocking filter which can usually be removed to increase infrared sensitivity but sometimes requires permanent modification. Other types of cameras may need a capture card for connection to PC.
Manual exposure is essential for maximum stable frame rate in all lighting conditions and the ability to reliably isolate points. Cameras that don't allow autoexposure to be disabled are generally incompatible with optical tracking, refer to the camera compatibility list below.
Cameras with built-in infrared LEDs are well suited to reflective tracking, those that only activate in the dark can be made to stay on by covering the light sensor. Reflective material isn't as bright as using LEDs so the camera's infrared blocking filter may need to be removed. Some webcams advertised with 'night vision' just use bright white visible LEDs that are blinding, so be sure the LEDs are actually infrared. Security cameras and car reversing cameras are more likely to have infrared LEDs.
The following camera compatibility list, comprised primarily of webcams, is based on user camera compatibility feedback on the forums. See the forum for more specific information on camera capabilities or issues.
Sony Playstation 3 Eye (newer model)- Very difficult to remove filter.
Sony Playstation 3 Eye (older model)- Easy to remove filter.
Sony Playstation 2 Eye Toy Camera - Easy filter removal.
Sony MiniDV DCR-HC40 - Nightshot mode removes filter.
Sony TRV16E DV Cam - Nightshot mode removes filter.
Logitech Webcam C510
Logitech Webcam C300 - Very easy to remove filter.
Logitech Webcam C250 - Easy to remove filter.
Logitech Webcam C200 - Easy to remove filter.
Logitech Webcam C160 - Removable filter.
Logitech Webcam C120 - Difficult to remove filter.
Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks
Logitech QuickCam S5500 Webcam
Logitech QuickCam E3500 Plus
Logitech QuickCam E2500
Logitech QuickCam E1000 - Filter glued but can be removed.
Logitech QuickCam Chat - Filter glued.
Logitech QuickCam Express - Easy to remove filter.
Logitech QuickCam Connect - Removable filter.
Logitech QuickCam Messenger - Easy filter removal.
Logitech QuickCam IM
Logitech QuickCam Zoom - Removable filter.
Logitech QuickCam Home - Removable filter.
Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX
Logitech QuickCam Communicate MP
Logitech QuickCam Fusion - Wide field of view.
Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000
Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000
Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000
Logitech QuickCam Orbit / Sphere MP (PID 08C2)
Microsoft Xbox Live Vision - Easy to remove filter.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 - Removable filter.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 - Easy to remove filter.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-2000 - Very difficult to remove filter.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 - Easy to remove filter.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 - Removable filter.
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD
Creative Live! Cam Chat IM (VF0530) - Have to remove filter.
Creative Live! Optia Pro. - Difficult to remove filter.
Creative Webcam NX Pro - Removable filter.
Creative Webcam NX
Creative Webcam Go
A4Tech PK-760E - Easy to remove filter.
A4Tech PK-5 - Removable filter.
A4Tech PK 333 MB - Removable filter, 6 IR LEDs.
Labtec Webcam 2200
Labtec Webcam Pro - Strong filter, lens coating, difficult to remove.
Labtec Webcam Plus - Strong filter, hard to remove.
Labtec Webcam Plus SE - Strong filter but easy to remove.
Trust SpaceCam 380 - Easy filter removal.
Genius I-look 300 - Easy filter removal.
Genius SLIM 321C
Apple iSight MacBook Pro
MSI StarCam 370i
Philips SPC 1005NC - Easy to remove filter.
Philips SPC 900-NC
Philips SPC 710NC - Removable filter.
Asus 20" Flatscreen Monitor PW201 webcam
i-Tec iCam - Removable filter
CANYON CNR-WCAM43G - Removable filter.
Chicony PC Camera TwinkleCam DC-2110 - Easy filter removal.
Hercules Dualpix Exchange
Hercules Webcam Classic - Difficult to remove filter.
Pixo AW-I1130 - Easy to remove filter.
ICatch (VI) PC Camera (Cirkuit Planet) - Removable filter.
Codegen AL-808 (Eagle PCI USB camera (Vmicro301 Neptune)) - 6 IR LEDs, manual zoom.
Packard Bell DSC-1
Speedlink SL-6810 Square Webcam - Removable filter.
Microalert - OMS19 - Easy filter removal.
DYNALINK VIDEOCAM PRO - Easy filter removal.
These cameras may require using VistaEnabler to disable autoexposure and shining a bright light at the camera to increase frame rate.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000
A4Tech PK 335(6)MB - Removable filter.
MSI WebCam StarCam Clip
MSI StarCam Racer
Genius Messenger Cam
Genius i-Slim 330 - Need to use AMCAP software.
Logitech QuickCam Express cameras with PID 0920 (older model)
Microsoft LifeCam VX-700
Creative Live! Cam Vista IM
Genius EYE 320
Genius iSlim 2000af
Genius Cam NB
Trust WB-1400T - Difficult to remove filter, narrow fov.
Digital Product SM0121
Rainbow 100 k
Mustek mini2 - Old model.
Dell Laptop Integrated Webcam
Asus Azurewave SMI371L Integrated Webcam
Zaapa - Driverless WebCam
Nortek Vega NX
Updated by Kestrel Sep. 2011