In December 2011, Russia announced that 290,000 Webcams would be installed in 90,000 polling stations to monitor the Russian presidential election, 2012.Webcams can be used to take video clips and still pictures.Webcams may be installed at places such as childcare centres, offices, shops and private areas to monitor security and general activity.
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.
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.
Webcam features and performance can vary by program, computer operating system, and also by the computer's processor capabilities.
Some of them, for example, those used as online traffic cameras, are expensive, rugged professional video cameras.