The Gnome application ‘Cheese’ is a simple and an awesome application for recording videos and taking pictures using your Webcam (including adding fancy effects). However, it’s not the only application that you can use, though not as powerful as ‘Cheese’ is, if all you want is to take pictures, then ‘Camorama’ is also a pretty decent utility as well.
It’s an old application and was there few years before ‘Cheese’ was born and you can use it to capture images automatically, save images into JPEG and PNG, supports remote capturing, choose between different image resolutions (depends on your Webcam hardware) and lets you change the brightness, contrast, hue and few other color related settings too.
If you’re perfectly happy with ‘Cheese’ however, then I don’t think you’re gonna be interested this one. But then again, when comparing with ‘Cheese’, ‘Camorama’ is a pretty lightweight application as it only uses about 9 -- 20 MB of RAM where ‘Cheese’ can use 50-60 MB or more depending on the chosen effects etc (again, to be fare, ‘Cheese’ has additional features when comparing nonetheless).
So if you have a bit old computer with limited resources, then this will come in handy.
You can install ‘Camorama’ in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10, 10.04 etc by simply using the below command.
sudo apt-get install camorama
It has few built in effects too (Smooth, Monochrome, Wacky, Invert etc) and also shows the current ‘FPS’ (frames per second) rate on the bottom bar as well. That’s it, enjoy!.