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Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera

Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera
alaScore 74

27 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 2 expert reviews and 25 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 60/100 and users rate it 77/100. The average review date is Jan 26, 2006. We have compared these reviews to 143198 reviews from other Webcams. The alaScore™ for this product is 74/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 17, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Unibrain Fire-i Firewire Color Digital Camera for MacUnibrain Fire-i Firewire Color Digital Camera for Mac

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jay Munro (cnet.com)

Unibrain Fire-i (PC) review: Unibrain Fire-i (PC)

 

Unibrain Fire-i (PC)

Smooth video; easy-to-use focus; in-use light.

Clunky design; lacks tripod mount; no external power supply included.

The Fire-i offers camcorder-quality video at a Webcam price, but it's not for beginners.

Jan, 2003

Expert review by : Jay Munro (cnet.com.au)

Unibrain Fire-i (PC) review: Unibrain Fire-i (PC)

 

Unibrain Fire-i (PC)

Smooth video; easy-to-use focus; in-use light.

Clunky design; lacks tripod mount; no external power supply included.

The Fire-i offers camcorder-quality video at a Webcam price, but it's not for beginners.

Jan, 2003

Consumer review (newegg.com)

DOA

 

The cardboard box was nice. Even brown all the way around

DOA out of the box. No Spin. Had to pay return shipping. The price dropped 30 bucks 3 days after order

Apr, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Reliable webcam

 

Some apps don't seem to take advantage of the cam's full bandwith (Skype, GTalk) and seem a little laggy. For other apps (Photobooth on Mac) that can - the cam has quite excellent response.

I bought this cam because I needed something that would reliably work with Mac, Linux and Windows and this does easily (though this is mostly thanks to Firewire IIDC). I telecommute cross-country and occasionally need to do video chat ; Manual focus...

No mic - this is the only reason I knock a star/egg ; I keep the cam and tripod on a slick desk and the (somewhat stiff) firewire cable can skew the tripod ; No monitor clip ( I could maybe tape/rig the tripod to the back - but it certainly wouldn't be...

Nov, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Firei webcam

 

Good quality of video that the other party is receiving

expensive and the software that came with the unit does not work have to download another software to make it work and not stall

Aug, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Cool Web Cam

 

What a neat web cam! Can use that for video chat with ASL Sign Langange

Working well and dont need a software for that. Windows XP got it by auto.. Did tested with that on Skype.com. It did pretty good. The video was very clear

not yet

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (rakuten.com)

good with max/msp/jitter

 

bought the item, because it was recommanded many times on the max/msp/jitter-list for a low cost/ high efficiency solution for interactive work.my tests so far confirmed that. can output uncompressed video, so takes some load off the processor.

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (rakuten.com)

hans

 

bought the item, because it was recommanded many times on the max/msp/jitter-list for a low cost/ high efficiency solution for interactive work.my tests so far confirmed that. can output uncompressed video, so takes some load off the processor.

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera

 

This camera was used as part of a Reactable for which it did the job perfectly well.

You can only buy it from Microwarehouse in the U.K.

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Unibrain Fire-i Digital Camera is the best home/office FireWire Color Digital Camera. Its superior VGA picture quality and lightweight housing clearly distinguishes it from other FireWire or USB cameras. Several cameras can be daisy-chained and viewed simultaneously on a PC, via Unibrain's Fire-i Software and the camera's two FireWire ports. Fire-i Software allows the user to monitor one or multiple cameras. At the touch of a single button, the user can store snapshots or live videosteam, change and adjust all camera settings for each and every camera connected. Fire-i Color Digital Camera is ideal for monitoring applications, video conferencing and home or office surveillance.

CCTV

Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480

Design

Cable Length:78.7
Color of product:Silver
Interface:FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.4in
Height:2.4in
Width:2.4in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Manufacturer:Unibrain
Model:Digital Camera
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Unibrain Fire-i

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:659 x 494

Other Features

Compliance industry standards:IEEE-1394, IIDC 1.3
Internet connection required: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Minimum processor:1 GHz
Minimum RAM:512

Packaging Data

Manual: Yes

Performance

Full HD: No
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 50
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 50
Power consumption (typical):1
Viewing angle, horizontal:42
Viewing angle, vertical:32
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition/Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Video Input

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.38
Height:2.44
Weight:2.12
Width:2.44