Make sure you have the right hardware. Very limited.
25 August 2004
Summary: I have to go with the thumbdown people. I bought an Isight on impulse, to use with my Mac. Looks very nice. Should have checked more carefully. So, to use it I need Ichat AV. OK, so another $130 later to upgrade to Panther, I have Ichat AV. Oh, only other Ichat AV users can talk to me. Don't know any. Never mind I can use it as a webcam! Nope. My Mac is only 500mhz. Needs 600. Sorry, you have a sexy looking piece of junk.
Summary: (...)I Chat AV can't talk to any other videoconferencing system, though, and Apple bundles none of the usual Webcam software with the iSight. You can't manually adjust the brightness, the color balance, the white balance, or the contrast. You can't snap still pictures with the iSight, use it as a video camera, or feed video to the Web. You also can't use the iSight as a surveillance camera out of the box.
Summary: I have been a faithful Apple user for many years. Nothing as awful as this has ever been produced by Apple. The picture quality is terrible: very dark and gothic. And don't even try to get a resolution over 320x240; it just seems to blow up a small size and the pixellation is pretty rough. When you plug it in, it will open iChat whether you like it or not.
Summary: Simply go onto the apple forum section of their site and you can see for yourself that actual users of the iSight are all having similar problems that I have also encounted. Oh, yes, it looks pretty and the picture is clear as anything. HOWEVER, you get a middle of the image distoration that makes anyone's nose look twice its size and if you are conferencing with someone with an inferior connection speed or camera, they get flickered delayed images.
Summary: This is a great camera, but doesn't even come with any software! Apple expects you to purchase a $30 program in order to use it for what it was designed for?!? This is the ONLY webcam I know of that doesn't include any software. That alone has cost it 4 points in this review. (ps. Since it's a firewire cam, other software can use it, including some other videoconferencing apps, but you have to know what you're doing, which makes this Apple product very user-unfriendly...