Just got a web cam, the "Logitech QuickCam Communicate". Long story short it certainly isn't good enough to aid in SMT soldering as I had hoped for. Even the capture of scope screens produces blurred results. Nothing to write home about. Ok, it's only 0.3MPixels versus the1.2MPixels of the digital camera in the lab. But the difference is so stark that even this doesn't explain it.
Is there a hack that can make such a web cam perform? Couldn't find any for this one via Google. Or are CMOS sensors simply too inferior to CCD?
Oh well, it was from an overstock sale, under $10. At least I've got a USB microphone out of it :-)