The recently released version 12 of Opera allows the browser to access the PC webcam via the HTML5 navigator.getUserMedia API. This is probably the first stable version of a browser permitting this. As indicated in our earlier post, this allows the script to capture screenshots of the webcam. It also offers local storage which is another HTML5 feature. To try it out, go to http://html5.sapnagroup.com/gallery/camera.php and click to capture the photo. The photo is stored in local storage till you . Till date, one could access webcam only via flash on a desktop browser. This would open up lots of new avenues. A typical use could be photographing a user when he/she is filling up an application thus avoiding the headache of uploading another photo. We are still researching if this allows capturing the video and will have an update on this soon.
Opera 12 Now Lets You (Stably) Access the Webcam
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