ISIGHT & ICHATAV
A. Previous Attempts of Video Confereencing
B. Characteristics of iSight
C. Characteristics of iChatAV
Apple brings award-winning product design to iSight and its 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 doesnt 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 cameras 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 its 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 youre no longer available for video and audio chatting.
|Connectivity Details Included Qty||1|
|Connectivity Details Type||IEEE 1394 adapter|
|Country Kits||United States|
|Product Line||Apple iSight|
|Connector Type||6 pin FireWire|
|Type||IEEE 1394 (FireWire)|
|Included Accessories (DG)||Carrying case|
|Optical Sensor Resolution
||640 x 480|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/4"|
|Optical Sensor Type||CCD|
|Support Type||1 year warranty|
|Support Details Full Contract Period||1 year|
|Support Details Service Included||Parts and labor|
|Support Details Type||Limited warranty|
|Min Operating System||Apple MacOS X 10.2.5|
|Min Processor Speed||600 MHz|
|Min Processor Type||PowerPC G3|
|Audio Input Support||Standard|
|Color Depth||24-bit (16.7M colors)|
|Digital Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480|
|Digital Video Capture Speed||30 Frames per second|
|Features||Digital noise reduction|
|Interface Type||IEEE 1394 (FireWire)|
|Min Focal Length||5 Cm|
|Type||Digital video camera|
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Finally, you can chat with folks thousands of miles away in a full-screen personal video conference over any broadband connection. Thanks to the advanced graphics built into Mac OS X, theyll truly look like themselves, instead of strangers made of childrens building blocks. And if you use a wide aspect ratio screen, iChat AV uses patented anamorphic resizing techniques so that the video of the person youre chatting with fills the entire screen without distortion.
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