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I want the worst (160x120 res or lower preferably) webcam and mic combination possible. I would hope the webcam would be cheap.

On top of that, is there any way I can passively make them worse (ex. Vaseline on the lens, cover in a few layers of cling wrap, etc. for the camera; somehow create static on the mic) while not making it obvious to an observer on the other side that this is done on purpose?

I found this combo but am wondering if theres any worse products, or any ways to make this one worse.

  • Does it need to be synchronous? There's a lot that can be done with video editing. – Obie 2.0 Sep 2 at 18:02
  • @Obie2.0 - Yes, unfortunately it is live – tpw69269cuoly Sep 3 at 0:20
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Worst webcam? Ok, then you will need something bad and cheap as a rock. However it's hard to find anything you specified and making sure it will work. (cheap products like to break a lot)

I recommend getting a cam with low FPS (30 should be enough in your case) and as low megapixels as possible. Try using it in the dim room or sticking a translucent sticker on the lens. Leaving glue/cream directly on the lens should also affect it in some way.

I've found this... Looks weird but it doesn't have a microphone.

0.1 Megapixel | 12 fps | USB 1.1

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  • Oh almost forgot. Try downloading very big files (like games) in the background. This will LAG your cam as hell. – Smooth Neon Sep 2 at 16:54
  • I cant do the lag bit - I actually need the internet working for other stuff I'm doing in the background. What would you recommend putting over the lens? I can't seem to find any proper translucent stickers, glue/cream is opaque white so that wont work, and you seem to need A LOT of Vaseline to make it work. I'm trying to get a frosted glass-esque level of obscurity. – tpw69269cuoly Sep 2 at 17:12
  • Actually there are frost-glass sprays on the market so maybe they would work. I haven't tried. Another suggestion is to - lower the FPS in OBS. Add some filters, adjust the "grain" effect, blume... There are a lot of possibilities. Anyway, your last hope is your own phone. – Smooth Neon Sep 2 at 17:25
  • How would the phone help? Would OBS work on a live stream (ie. video meeting)? Frost glass is a great idea. – tpw69269cuoly Sep 3 at 0:21
  • Usually old phones had horribly bad cameras. I saw post on reddit saying OBS filters are great for reducing quality. I can't go further into topic because I never used such software. – Smooth Neon Sep 5 at 11:03

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