With broadband internet widely available, many PC users are actively using their webcams for video chatting and online meetings.
Not only does the increased bandwidth facilitate the use of video over the internet, improved webcams and better video compression also help a lot.
Try downloading the latest Direct X version and install it (Windows XP: Direct X 9.0c – Windows Vista: Direct X 10 – Windows 7: Direct X 11 – Windows 8: Direct X 11.2 is only available through the Windows Update function).
Lastly, if your webcam’s image is not sharp, check to see if it has a focus ring.
But if your hardware is not working as it should be, a webcam is not much fun.