iMage USB webcam review

Looking like a child’s building block, the iMage prides itself on being a simple, plug-and-play device with no need for any drivers. Hook it up to an available USB 2.0 port and away you go. But does it really work?

Considering the price tag, the results aren’t mind-blowing, but the quick set-up is a definite plus. It has a very compact design and plenty of options for mounting, including a threaded screw hole for a tripod and screw holes for wall fitting. There’s a built-in magnetic mounting option too, although you’d have to take care where you placed that around a computer hard drive or other sensitive areas. There’s no built-in microphone, but that’ll only affect a few Mac owners.

It comes with a 640 x 480 1/7in CCD colour sensor that can deliver 15fps of uncompressed video footage. The auto white balance and electronic iris controls sound useful, but offer limited improvements.

OUR VERDICT

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good all-rounder that’s ideal for online web chats as it’s compatible with Skype, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and iChat.

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