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How to determine WebCam capabilities under Linux

How to determine WebCam capabilities under Linux

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    From the shell/commandline, you can determine the capabilities of your USB webcam quite simple (works for most, but not for all webcams).

    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 5986:0241 Acer, Inc BisonCam, NB Pro

    This lists all USB devices. Find your webcam and write down BUS (001) and DEVICE (002) number.

    We will use them in this statement:

    lsusb -s 001:002 -v 

    This statement will show ALL details of your webcam/USB device which can be overwhelming. If you’re only interested in video modes, try:

    lsusb -s 001:002 -v | egrep "Width|Height"
        wWidth 640
        wHeight 480
        wWidth 1280
        wHeight 1024
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