Two types of live webcam applications are available for the iPhone: those that let you view open webcam feeds set up around the world; and those that let you monitor your own webcams over a closed feed. Relatively few live webcam applications are available on the iTunes Store. The most frequently downloaded and highest rated are Live Cams, Air Cam Live Video (Lite), WorldView+ and Live Cams Pro.
The Live Cams app lets you view up to 4,500 webcams in locations around the world. Many of the cameras can be tilted, zoomed and panned to allow you a better view of your subject. The app also lets you take snapshots of some locations. Live Cams has public and personal camera support, but does not allow audio playback. Live Cams is 1.6 MB in size, costs around $1 and requires iOS 3.0 or later, as of the date of publication.
Air Cam Live Video (Lite)
The Air Cam Live Video (Lite) app lets you use your iPhone to monitor a webcam inside your house or at your business over a closed feed. The developer markets the application as being ideal for monitoring a baby in her crib or watching pets while you’re out of the house. Air Cam Live Video (Lite) provides a continuous feed of both video and audio. The app is compatible with most major external USB webcams. Its features include multiple simultaneous webcam support, remote video recording, remote snapshots, motion detection and motion trigger capabilities. The application is free, is 3.3 MB in size and requires iOS 4.0 or later as of the date of publication.
Like Live Cams, WorldView+ gives you access to thousands of webcams around the world. With more than 16,000 cameras to choose from, WorldView+ lets you search video feeds by a variety of criteria, including popularity and location. The app’s features include camera zooming, time-lapse video support, weather and information from select locations, and the ability to add your own webcam to the WorldView+ database. WorldView+ is 3.7 MB in size, costs around $3 and requires iOS 4.0 or later, as of the date of publication.
Live Cams Pro
Live Cams Pro comes from the same company that developed Live Cams. You can use Live Cams Pro to monitor your own webcams as well as to view some 4,500 webcams around the world. You can use it to monitor your baby while he sleeps, or as part of a home surveillance system. Live Cams Pro has audio playback support.The application is free. It's 4.2 MB in size and requires iOS 3.2 or later, as of the date of publication.
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