I've seen more than just a couple USB webcams stopped working for no apparent reason, which makes me worry a little when I come to choice a webcam for myself.

Does anyone have good experience or suggestion on which brand/model to buy? I want a webcam just for video conference/capture. I know there are new ones (duel mode?) which can be used as a digital cameras. Are those worth the money?

My budget is under $50.

Thanks

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