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Apple iSight

Apple iSight
alaScore 77

105 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews of Apple iSight. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple iSight is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iSight

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Apple iSight from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lara Luepke (cnet.com)

Apple iSight

 

The Apple iSight is hands down one of the best Webcams we've seen. Its sleek style, great image quality, sensitive microphone, and flawless integration make it the perfect complement for users of iChat and iMovie, but not for users of other messaging...

Stylish design; flawless integration with iChat and iMovie; minimal setup required; great image and color quality.

Image settings such as focus, color, brightness, and contrast aren't adjustable; doesn't work with all instant-messaging applications; pricey.

With great image quality and integration, the Apple iSight is the best choice for Mac owners who use iChat, but it isn't ideal for users of other messaging clients.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Jonathan Roubini (pcmag.com)

Apple iSight

 

Unlike the other cameras in this roundup, the Apple iSight ($149) is FireWire-based.

Unlike the other cameras in this roundup, the Apple iSight ($149) is FireWire-based. It supports 640-by-480 VGA resolution and has excellent video quality. We are very pleased with the iSight's design, and we like its built-in microphone, which...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

If you're a Mac user, the iSight is the only webcam you should be considering. It's expensive, but in terms of quality and ease-of-use it's a clear winner.

Built-in noise suppression microphone, slick alloy casing, image quality, autofocus, mounting options

Full functionality only possible with iChat AV, not compatible with Windows systems, expensive, image settings not adjustable

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Lara Luepke (cnet.com.au)

Apple iSight

 

With great image quality and integration, the Apple iSight is the best choice for Mac owners who use iChat.

Stylish design ; Flawless integration with iChat and iMovie ; Minimal setup required ; Great image and colour quality

Image settings such as focus, colour, brightness, and contrast aren't adjustable ; Doesn't work with all instant-messaging applications ; Pricey

Apple covers the iSight with an industry-standard one-year warranty on the hardware. Free phone support is available for the first 90 days after purchase, and Apple's support Web site offers troubleshooting advice, FAQs, and a searchable user forum.

Aug, 2005

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot (red-dot.de (UK))

iSight

 

iSight is a web camera that provides high-quality video and audio and is constructed with an aluminium-alloyed exterior. A single FireWire cable streams the video and audio signals and delivers power to the camera. Three stands and a tilt-and-swivel...

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Only problem is the price

 

Image quality, autofocus, microphone quality

Pricey

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

ISight-Yes or No Do you see yourself buying it

 

Great video and audio quality out of a tiny handheld unit!

Doesn't pay to buy if you won't use it often enough!

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

ISight-Yes or No? Do you see yourself buying it?

 

Well, there are now just about as many web cams as there are mouse pads! Some as just cheap pieces of junk that sit there and have an inexpensive chip camera mounted in a cheap plastic housing that requires a lot of light, and it noisy, grainy and...

Great video and audio quality out of a tiny handheld unit!

Doesn't pay to buy if you won't use it often enough!

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Best WebCam Available

 

Size, portability, quality, expandability into other purposes.

Comparative ticker shock, desktop stand would be nice.

May, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Best WebCam Available

 

A little more than a year ago I purchased an iMac at the local Comp-USA for a Unix class I was taking. The longer I had the computer, the more I used it (I am a Windows person by trade). Eventually I got to the point where I was spending more time on ...

Size, portability, quality, expandability into other purposes.

Comparative ticker shock, desktop stand would be nice.

May, 2005

Product Specifications

iSight is a state-of-the-art video camera that's the easiest way to video conference with your colleagues, friends and family over broadband. Featuring an autofocusing autoexposure F/2.8 lens which captures high-quality pictures even in low lighting, iSight also includes a dual-element microphone in its stylish compact aluminum body. Apple brings award-winning product design to iSight - and it's like no other camera available today. A versatile, durable, lightweight and portable camera capable of delivering high-quality audio and video, iSight features a strong aluminum-alloy exterior which protects sophisticated electronics and its autofocus lens. A single FireWire cable streams video and audio and also delivers power to the camera. Three stands and a tilt-and-swivel mechanism allow iSight to capture video at the best possible angle. While traditional web cameras sit off-center on your desk, capturing the side of your head iSight sits directly in front of you, at eye level. This provides a more natural, life-like conversation and a more familiar TV-like viewing angle. Its compact size makes it easy to take with you anywhere. iSight includes a built-in, dual element noise-suppressing microphone that delivers crystal clear audio. The microphone takes in the sound from both microphone elements, then determines which sounds are essential to the conversation with an algorithm that filters out extraneous noise. But iSight doesn't just look good, it makes you look good, with the highest quality video of any chatting solution. A custom-designed, three-part lens consists of two aspherical elements that focus on a 1/4-inch CCD sensor with 640x480 (VGA) resolution. The camera's lens aperture is a wide F/2.8, allowing it to collect more light than most web cams. iSight also offers a far wider range of shutter speeds than most other cameras. Put it all together and iSight delivers smooth, top-quality, full-motion video at 30 frames per second in 24-bit color. The result is that whether it's in a poorly lit hotel room or a bright sunny kitchen, iSight will provide true color reproduction and a crisp image. The camera also sports a small green "on air" light that lets you know that you are participating in a live video chat session. One simple twist of the lens cap turns off iSight, ensuring your privacy and letting your buddies know you're no longer available for video and audio chatting.

CCTV

Audio Support: Yes
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480

Design

Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:2.3oz

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/French / German
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iSight

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:300,000 pixels/640 x 480

Other Features

Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Apple MacOS X 10.2.5 / Mac OS X v.10.2.5 / Mac OS X v.10.2.5 or later
I/O ports:Firewire / FireWire for audio, video and power connection / FireWire\nVideo In\nPower
Minimum processor:600 Mhz G3 / PowerPC G3 600 MHz
Minimum system requirements:Broadband Internet Connection / iChat AV Software / Requires iChat AV Software (not included), Mac OS X v.10.2.5 or later, 600MHz G3 processor or higher, Broadband Internet connection.

Performance

Focal length range (f-f):50
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.5/Apple MacOS X 10.2.5 or later

Video Input

Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.25