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Camfrog Video Chat

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Let's face it: virtual face-to-face conversations with people from Antarctica to Zanzibar make video chat the most intimate form of telecommunications yet. Free video chat apps like Camshare's Camfrog Video Chat let you meet and chat with far-flung friends; there's just no way text messages can substitute for two people actually talking to each other, no matter how many emoticons you use.

While Camfrog is optimized for video chat, it's a full-featured chat client that also handles audio and text messaging, file swapping, and other functions. Camfrog isn't the largest chat network, which isn't necessarily a disadvantage! It offers what the others do, generally speaking, including the ability to create your own password-protected chat rooms. Of course, you'll need a Webcam to use Camfrog's video chat feature. We tried Camfrog in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Installing, registering for, and signing on to Camfrog took just a minute or so. We could sign on to the Camfrog network automatically, save our password, and sign on as invisible, which hides your status from other users. Camfrog's compact interface has a Firefox-style start button (only green instead of orange) that opens a long menu of features and options. Camfrog displayed our screen name with a drop-down menu that let us quickly manage our connection and session. The main view has three tabs: Contacts, Rooms, and Phone/SMS. Camfrog's main features include the main Camfrog room, Video Chat Rooms, Search for Camfrog Users, and Parental Controls. Beneath the main view is a row of icons accessing the Notification List, Video Chat Rooms, Search for Camfrog Users, Send an Instant Message, and Add to Contact List. Users who need more features can click a link to download Camfrog Pro.

Camfrog offers a diverse range of chat rooms covering lots of topics. Online chat can be freewheeling and inappropriate for youngsters, and the problem is critically compounded by video. Camfrog's approach gives parents and other concerned users control over who uses the service, and when, and how. Camfrog Video Chat brings the world to your desktop, and with the greatest of ease.

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    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for basic camchat"

    January 23, 2011  |   By Aeschylus_Nyx

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    Very simple & clean interface, easy for computer novices. Uses less system resources than programs like Skype. Features strong password protected parental controls, child safety features & activity monitoring capabilities.

    Cons

    Free version doesn't save messages for offline users, but it advertises that it's paid version does. The free version doesn't allow the video feed window size to be changed, & the standard is pretty small.

    Summary

    If you need a very basic instant messenger w/capability for video chatting, this is great software. I'd recommend it to anyone w/kids that want an instant messenger & video chat because of the parental controls & monitoring features. Even programs like Yahoo Messenger & Windows Live Messenger don't offer parents the type of protection Camfrog has. However, there are several features I would think basic of any messenger software, free or not, that Camfrog doesn't offer in it's free version. All in all though, probably the best basic messenger/video chat software I've found.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excelent video char good quality picture"

    January 6, 2011  |   By joe3434

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    well worth upradigng to pro version for one off payment get unlimited pictures from all over the world. Better still host and control your own room and avoid unwanted people.

    Cons

    if hosting beware of who you do business with. If not hsoting can be subject to unwanted adult video best thing to do is get their ISP number and user name and report them

    Summary

    My view best video chat on market for the price and well hosted world wide

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  • 5.0 stars

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    December 28, 2010  |   By ali44ist

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

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  • 1.0 stars

    "chat for unknowns"

    December 25, 2010  |   By CecileVanBuren

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    I think it is good for who wants to use it, but I do not want to expose myself to unknowns.

    Cons

    I am sure it is very good, but I do not want to be exposed to unknown people.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exceptionally Efficient"

    December 24, 2010  |   By gerrykamp

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    I like the ability to access more than one chat at the same time

    Cons

    Nothing I have discovered so far.

    Summary

    Highly reccommended!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "COOL FUN SITE."

    December 16, 2010  |   By MrGoodguy69

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    Fun user friendly software, easy to use. Watch people from all over the world having fun. Has a cool desktop setup which shows who's online, friends account info etc.

    Cons

    My firewall gets a hammering when im on camfrog? Wouldn't go to this site without a up to date firewall.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is nice and funny!"

    December 14, 2010  |   By jhenjen26

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    many people to know and to became as friends

    Cons

    sometimes in nude

    Summary

    i dont think so I dislike it. the truth is it is so great!

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  • 5.0 stars

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    December 9, 2010  |   By ashrafsho

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

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  • 4.0 stars

    "i have to get back to you to this one,i like everything"

    December 4, 2010  |   By jherkz17

    Version: Camfrog Video Chat 5.5.242

    Pros

    easy to communicate to other friends and easy to access and connecting people everytime i use it...i get what i want as easy as i can and everybody prefer on it because of the good accessibility of the product that's why i like everything about it..

    Cons

    the disadvantage of this product is everyone can use it but if you don't use it properly because of lack of knowledge of the person using it.i allow the user to manipulate the said product without the full knowledge how to use it the way it should be

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  • 4.0 stars

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