June 25, 2008 : Unlike its PC counterpart, Logitech has launched a Mac-compatible Quickcam Vision Pro webcam that does not need a control panel to tweak camera settings. The technology involved integrating the control panel functions directly into the webcam, thus making all the adaptive behavior of the webcam fully automated and transparent to the user.
The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Macs will be available first in the U.S. and Europe early in the month of july at around US $130.
It also features an autofocus technology and Carl Zeiss optics. Measuring 3.54″ long x 1.57″ wide x 1.26″ high (including clip) and weighing 6.17 ounces, the packaging information from the company states the following features:
- High image quality.
- 30 frames per second video-recording, possibly in HD.
- Effective auto-focus.
Technical reviewers states that “While using the webcam, users might be prompted by Logitech’s software to enable “RightLight”, which is their automatic light settings adjustment algorithm. The downside to this is that users cannot hand-tune the image settings. Depending on your particular place of use, that could be useful, as Logitech’s “Rightlight” algorithm doesn’t usually well with a very bright environment. However, the image quality is much better than the first-generation Apple iSight”.
The Quickcam has a sleek design with a black and shiny surface. The webcam’s image quality is reasonably good (for a webcam).