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Does anyone here know of a webcam (at least 720p) that has the ability to focus to infinity?

At least one webcam I know of (Logitech C910) doesn't allow that.

I would like to use it for time lapse photography of landscapes (including in Infrared).

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I would take a look on Youtube for "timelapse" + "webcam" and see what you find. I'm not able to access Youtube currently or I would give it a shot. Google wasn't very helpful in finding me any answers to this one. – dpollitt Aug 19 '11 at 18:35
@dpollitt: No, it is not. But I also found that very link before, which is why I want to research this thoroughly before I pay 60+ bucks for something that doesn't do what I want. – JacobInt Aug 19 '11 at 21:17
Looking on youtube now, but most videos I found so far are low quality and a couple of years old (hence, do not demonstrate a modern HD camera in action). – JacobInt Aug 19 '11 at 21:22
Is there some reason you want a webcam for this purpose? Is there some reason you are not looking at a DSLR with an intervolometer to do time-lapse landscape photography? – jrista Aug 21 '11 at 2:41

My Orbit will. Even has Zeiss glass and pan, tilt, and zoom. Timelapse example here.

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Hmm...wonder whats with the semi-creepy music in the sample. ;P – jrista Aug 21 '11 at 2:47
No idea. Not my sample - just a random youtube link. I can personally guarantee that owning this camera will not incline you to play creepy music ;). – rfusca Aug 21 '11 at 3:06

I have a Microsoft LifeCam Studio, and it can focus to infinity (it's AF).

I don't know how easy it would be to remove the IR filter, though. It's basically an aluminium tube.

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My first recommendation is going to be the Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro 9000. I do not have first hand experience, but based off of this Youtube video, I would say it does what you are looking for(with the exclusion of infrared which can be added).

Beyond that, I think you are really looking for a professional grade webcam that is meant to be used outdoors, and include features like pan, tilt, and optical zoom. I do not have experience with these.

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Interestingly, the Pro 9000 is said to have the same problem in the Logitech forum link you provided in the 1st comment to the question. – ysap Aug 20 '11 at 14:54

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