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Excellent and Flexible
on May 19, 2011
First of all, let me get this out of the way: despite what another reviewer said, the HD-3000 most certainly DOES have a microphone.
That said, I think this camera is great. I've never been a fan of most built-in cameras because they're tough to aim without having to move your entire laptop or computer. Yes, they're convenient, but who wants to be a slave to viewing angles just to make sure you're broadcasting well. So I like stand alone cameras.
The problem is that most of them are lousy, or are hard to get pointing the way you want. In this case, neither of those things are true. I found the picture to be excellent and easily adjustable even in what I would consider to be low light. The auto-lighting works great as well, allowing a user to point it anywhere in the room and get good results quickly.
Also, placement is easy to change thanks to a sufficiently long USB cord and the awesome flexible base - curve it into an inverted "u" for monitor-top use, or bend it into any other shape to put it on your desktop. I love that about this camera.
Software and hardware installation were a snap, and the included LifeCam software is great; I found the effects to be more fun to play with than those included with Photo Booth on the Mac. My 14-year-old daughter also gave it a seal of approval, saying "that's a REALLY cool camera." What more can I say?
Sound is a slight letdown as it's a bit lacking in upper-mids and highs. O.K. for a conversation, but don't expect to record a video with it. Also, there doesn't appear to be a metering system to set inbound levels, which is a bit of a drag, making you have to try a setting, test it, then adjust. While the audio quality isn't enough to make me give the HD-3000 a poor review - it is enough to drop what would otherwise be a five star review to a four.
But don't get me wrong: it's a great camera. It's flexible, extremely adjustable, shoots in HD, and is easy to use. Particularly for the price, I don't see how you can ask for much more than that: definitely recommended.