My wife Liz has a Dell Studio laptop with an integrated webcam. The computer originally came with Windows Vista and I upgraded it to Windows 7 when it came out. The upgrade went well, although one of the applications that came with the laptop, the webcam capture app, was not updated for Windows 7. She asked how to use the webcam and after a look at the Dell website, her computer and various free downloadable apps, I could not find an appropriate application for her specific use.
Knowing that Silverlight supports webcams for photos and video, I decided to build a quick Silverlight 4 Out-of-Browser application that would enable her webcam to take photos and save them to her system. In about an hour I was able to create this application to capture webcam photos and save them as JPEG files.
Try it at http://xmldocs.net/webcam and tell me what you think.