iSight better but not perfect

by Volker Weber

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I think the daylight picture is now almost perfect for a webcam. It understands that it can overexpose the window in the background and although the scenery is indoors the white balance is quite good. On the other hand the picture at night is darker than it has to be. It is much better than before where I had to direct a full beam of light at myself, but I remember that the 3com HomeConnect did better.

Comments

Auto white point is better, but still needs some improvement -- see my test.

Horst, 2004-02-21

I am not entirely sure what you are trying to prove. If you hold a big light brown object into the picture, then any auto white point has to shift to blue. :-)

Volker Weber, 2004-02-21

Gosh. I envision a lot of otherwise pretty sane Mac users now starting to wave fluffy objects in front of their iSight camera just to see what other effects they can manage to produce ;-)

Stefan Rubner, 2004-02-21

@vowe: If Adobe can build bank note recognition into Photoshop, surely it's not asking too much of Apple to build moose-recognition into iSight? :-)

John, 2004-02-21

So you tell me it's normal that the iSight will go blue if I return from my holidays with a tan? ;-) Or, more seriously, if a brown moose makes the picture go blue, what happens if a black person is using the camera? Shouldn't there be some kind of manual override?

Horst, 2004-02-21

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