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29 October, 2009
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Apple no longer makes its external iSight camera, instead building a tiny version into the top bezels of all its MacBooks, iMacs and Cinema Displays.

The modern versions are tiny and good quality, and are fine for casual iChatting and the like. But what do you do when you want a higher-resolution webcam? Have a look at Liquid Digital Solutions’ aGent V5 HD webcam, for a start.

Australian Macworld has been giving one of these V5s away for the Reader Tip of the Month since August, and the feedback has been so positive we thought we’d try one out ourselves.

For a start, the build quality of the V5 is top-rate. The steel casing houses a five-layer glass lens with ring-adjustable manual focus. We got the focus down to a super-sharp 2cm, which is no mean feat.

While the focus is manual, the exposure isn’t, and the light treatment of the V5 is excellent. It treats very low light as well as it does blazing sunshine.

The images delivered by the V5 are also far sharper than those generated by the built-in iSight. The camera’s resolution is 2 megapixels, which it can interpolate to 5MP for video (it promises Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels) and 8MP for still images.

Webcam Monitor software allows you to tweak settings and capture video, but this proved unstable in our tests. And the interface leaves much to be desired.

Australian Macworld’s buying advice. A very good quality webcam that’s suited to a variety of uses. But it’s let down by the supplied software.

Price as rated $119.95
Cons Software could be better
Company Liquid Digital
Rating 4
Pros Well made; bright and sharp video; excellent low-light performance
Product aGent V5 HD Webcam

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