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Great webcam with plug & play ease
on August 8, 2004
Having used five different webcams over the past five years, I can highly recommend Apple's iSight. More than likely, you are considering buying the iSight to use with iChat AV. Before I bought the iSight, I used a Sony DV video camera. Virtually any DV video camera (one that can connect to your computer via Firewire) will work with iChat AV, so if you have one, I would recommend trying that first. So why buy a $130+ iSight that's virtually a one-trick pony? (I don't know anyone who uses their iSight for anything besides iChat AV) Portability and ease of use. I easily move it around and transfer it back and forth between my desktop computer and laptop. The video conferencing image quality is above average for a webcam but is not as good as my DV video camera. The major drawback of the iSight is the lack of control over exposure, contrast or anything--there aren't any manual controls. Every thing is auto on this baby. That's great for the most part until you get in a low-light or backlit situation. The iSight also has a tendency to be contrasty and blow out detail in situations of directional lighting (I sit near a single bright window). The autofocus is usually reliable except when the focus point is on a light-colored or flat object lacking shadows and detail (like a white t-shirt or solid colored wall). In these instances, you can hear the iSight focusing back and forth without locking, similar to what happens when a digital camera can't focus on an object. Overall, I'm very pleased with the iSight. It video conferences well and its size and portability are its biggest advantages. However, I purchased mine used for $80. I consider $130+ rather pricey unless you do a lot of video conferencing.