Unibrain Fire-i Digital silber
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FireWire Webcam für ältere Rechner, 640x480, ideal für Apple iChat A/V, Microsoft NetMeeting, Yahoo! Messenger, Mac OS X, Win 2k/XP/Vista, Linux Kernel 2.4
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As a webcam, it would function great, but I think its a bit overpriced for what it offers in that area.
For one, Unibrain felt the need to make the tripod mount for the camera on a silly little bracket that you have to connect to the back. Why on Earth couldn't they have just put the mount on the case itself? The thing is big enough, so it isn't a question of space. What this means is that in oder to use the camera you have to use the little bracket they supply with it. Heaven help you if you lose it.
Second, the positioning of the firewire port makes the camera unstable, even with the tripod. Having the firewire cable connect on the side means that it pulls the camera over unless you position the cable just right. A rear-facing port would have been much better.
Third, as another reviewer stated, you can only adjust the focal length of the camera. You cannot adjust the white balance in any kind of acceptable way. Even with that, the way you adjust the focal length is by twisting the little lens housing, so if you bump that you have to reset it again, and it twists very easily.
Looking at Unibrain's website, it seems that they make a lot of cameras that are designed for security use, as simple boards that you hard mount wherever you need. This webcam seems to be merely one of those that they stuck in a cheap housing (and yes, it does feel cheap).
But the most frustrating and unacceptable part of this camera by far is that it doesn't include a built-in mic. You would think that a $100+ webcam would at least include some kind of audio input. Even the cheapo ones do that. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for this at this price.
All that being said, if you can get over all of that and just need a simple camera, the video quality is pretty good, given the right lighting conditions, but for this price, you'd be better served buying something else.
Though it comes with a tripod, the weight of the firewire cable tended to pull the camera over. The camera is really that lightweight. It also felt strange to talk "down" to the camera on the desk while the conversation was "up" on the monitor.
Eventually I rigged up the camera on the top of my monitor with that clear tape you use for packages. If it came with a good monitor-top mount, I'd give it five stars.