The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.
Free Track is a free webcam motion-tracking application for Microsoft Windows that can track a special head-mounted model in up to six degrees of freedom and output data to mouse, keyboard, joystick and Free Track-supported games.
By removing the IR filter of the webcam, IR LEDs can be used, which has the advantage of being invisible to the naked eye, removing a distraction from the user.
One such function has the webcam act as a "magic mirror" to allow an online shopper to view a virtual item on themselves.
The Webcam Social Shopper is one example of software that utilizes the webcam in this manner.
Small webcam-based PC games are available as either standalone executables or inside web browser windows using Adobe Flash.
With very-low-light capability, a few specific models of webcams are very popular to photograph the night sky by astronomers and astro photographers.Mostly, these are manual-focus cameras and contain an old CCD array instead of comparatively newer CMOS array.The lenses of the cameras are removed and then these are attached to telescopes to record images, video, still, or both.Special software can use the video stream from a webcam to assist or enhance a user's control of applications and games.Video features, including faces, shapes, models and colors can be observed and tracked to produce a corresponding form of control.New features such as automatic lighting controls, real-time enhancements (retouching, wrinkle smoothing and vertical stretch), automatic face tracking and autofocus, assist users by providing substantial ease-of-use, further increasing the popularity of webcams.