Summary: The only adverse issue I have with this product is the absence of a users manual. It is inconvenient to have to load a disc or go on-line to access features which should be readily available. In the description there should have been a reference to limitations in picture quality. If a greater degree of computer processing speed or video card features are necessary those issues should have stated.
Summary: I bought it for my mother's laptop so we could do video calls with Skype. She is over 80. It worked for her. The picture was a bit muted, but I did not set it up and so there may be something else that can help.
Summary: Nov.28, 2011: I needed video recording speed, 90FPS, and it did not work. Philips SPZ6500/27 Notebook Webcam SPC2050NC did not run at 90FPS as advertised: it maxed out at 12FPS/24FPS on my two PCs: [Windows7-64bitOS, dual-Opteron280, 2.4GHz, 6GB RAM; and on an old laptop running Windows XP SP3]. The included-CD v1.10 installation updated the WebCam Companion 2.x [ArcSoft] and I got a trojan: "Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT" (detected by AdAware).
Summary: every time that I have to install it, it's hell. The driver installation will stop midway and when it doesn't it will crash the computer. I have spent a lot of time and effort ,all I got out of it was frustration, in the end I smashed it. Don't buy.
Summary: I purchased this camera for a computer vision program I'm writing. My main reason for choosing this model was the high frame rates (up to 90 fps), which it seems to deliver. The picture quality is not very good however. Color is usually inaccurate and noisy, and overall quality is poor. I do like the ability to manually control focus through the software, and the other controls for gain, brightness, and contrast are handy.
Summary: The Good: Pretty design. Cool autofocus mechanism. High-resolution stills and Hi-def video. Good depth of field. The Bad: Nasty color shifts especially in skintones. The ugly: Users who look as if they've been dead for a week. The Phillips SPZ6500/27 webcam is a sexy-looking, black object, with a cylindrical lens housing sticking out of it, set atop a strong clip. There really isn't too much more to say about it.
Summary: At how clear this web cam is. I installed it very quickly, and in no time I was on Skype. It really does a wonderful job as a web cam. My only complaint (that others have also lodged) is about the length of the cord, but that was easily remedied by a USB extension cable. Obviously, this webcam is meant for laptops, but even on my laptop I felt the cord was a bit snug.