Summary: I bought this webcam a few days ago, based on the strength of its positive reviews. Not sure if I got a defective example or if the thing is actually THIS bad. It WON'T white-balance! If I move -even slightly- while I'm on camera, the image washes completely out, and I become a faint outline on a screen that is totally blown out. I'm sitting about 2 feet away from the camera.
Summary: this webcam is a great buy if like me, all you want is to video chat with your family and friends, but you don't care if it's an HD picture. the microphone does pick up some background sound though. my friend sometimes complain they can hear others talking.
Summary: I followed the instruction to install the software and connect the webcam. But the image I got from the webcam flickered, regardless of which messenger I used (e.g., Windows Live, Gmail, and Skype). I went to Microsoft's support website and downloaded the update, which did not solve the problem. I do not recommend this webcam; the sound quality is not consistent either. Also, I bought it from a third party here, which made it impossible to return.
Summary: I have had no problems with this webcam and think it works great. It was super easy to install and use. The picture quality is not perfect, but I expected that when I bought it as it is not a very expensive webcam.