Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 USB 2.0 WebCam

Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 USB 2.0 WebCam
Rating:
★★★★

Pros: Inexpensive, good quality iChat-compatible web cam with integrated noise canceling microphone. Spring-loaded clip adjusts to many laptop lid thicknesses (from 1/4" to 5/8" – 6.35mm to 15.8mm). Comes with small, black neoprene storage bag.

Cons: The fixed USB 2.0 cable is short (approximately 24" long – 0.61M); video can be a tad sluggish when compared to the excellent external, FireWire-based iSight camera (long discontinued) or even an integrated USB-based iSight camera found in MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

Comments: Sometime ago, I began searching for an inexpensive webcam that worked with iChat for use with older PowerBooks (iSight webcams weren't integrated with Mac laptops until the introduction of the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines in early 2006). I came across this web cam and did some preliminary research into it and it appeared from a technical point-of-view, it would work with a Mac although the packaging did not say it was Macintosh compatible. It also works flawlessly with Apple’s “Photo Booth” application. Given the small size of this webcam, it's portability and it's good performance, this is a “must have” for older PowerBooks and even PowerPC-based and Intel-based Mac Minis!

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