Apple released the iSight, a $149 firewire camera, a few days ago. I’ve been using it the last few days with iChat AV (I was one of the lucky ones to receive an iSight for free at WWDC) and I must say that the quality is great, much better than my other $40 Creative WebCam Pro camera I have on my PC (using it with MSN & Y! on Windows and with GnomeMeeting under Linux). Just tonight though, I found a quite funny bug in it (in my opinion) and I thought I share this with you and hoping that engineers at Apple will read this (lacking a bugzilla at Apple’s site).So, the funny part is that iSight mirrors my image instead of showing the video “as is”. This is not how it supposed to work not only because none of the web cameras I used in my life did it that way, but also because it just doesn’t make sense to mirror instead of feeding the video directly. I discovered the problem when I saw that my “D&G” t-shirt was not viewed the right way (check the clipping in the screenshot linked below).
I sincerely hope this is a simple software bug (we should not forget that iChat AV is still beta software) however, I wouldn’t post this item here if I was sure that this was a simple, easy to fix, software bug. This might be as well a hardware bug, in which case, is a quite bigger deal for the manufacturers. I just don’t see this as a “feature” though.
BTW, did you know that if you are playing something with iTunes and an audio or video session starts, iTunes will mute itself and start playing again after you close your conference session? Neat!
Update: Apparently this is a known issue, and while Apple says that they know about it, most users don’t like the “feature” and they ask for reversing the video by default or via a checkbox in the preference window.