usb security camera. Long range/zoom needed?

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Joined: May 17 1999
A mate in the pub was asking me about the possibility of a basic and cheap CCTV camera.
 he wants to record from a distance. Most CCTV cameras are wide angle.
 He suggested USB as an input to a PC and using software to grab an image every minute or so.
Any ideas?
I can always lend him an old Sony TRV with line and firewire output.