If your has an A/V-out port and a cable that lets you output to a TV, you should be fine.
If your computer already has a video input-many do, particularly ones
marketed as media PCs-then you're all set: You can just plug the camera
into your computer and turn on the camera.
If your computer doesn't have a video input, you can buy an
inexpensive USB capture device for $5 to $10 on eBay, or a brand new EasyCap Video Capture Adapter for $15.
The same device can let you watch TV on your computer, too, since the
encoding hardware is the same-look for a TV-tuner-plus-video-capture USB
adapter for $30 to $50 instead. You'll need to install the driver that
comes with the device, but not the video-editing software
Simply run your favorite IM client; with the capture device's driver
installed; the IM client should find your camera and let you use it as
your webcam for video conferences
I hooked up my Canon PowerShot to a desktop PC using a $15 video-capture dongle and simply ran iChat
, selecting the video device as my input. I was videoconferencing within minutes.
With some cameras the audio will be sent along with the video. If
that's not the case with yours, set your computer's audio input to its