You know, there’s one good thing about the low-res garbage webcams that most people use: it tones down the ugly. Got a wicked huge nose or a massive scar from your pirate-fighting days? Your webcam forgives you.
That said, there are plenty of pretty people out there who are more than worthy of HD video. Half of the CrunchGear writers, for example, are famous male models in certain countries – and you know what? They like putting video of themselves singing along to popular songs on YouTube, just like anybody else. And for them, there’s the Blue Mic Eyeball 2.0.
As the name implies, the Eyeball 2.0 is Blue Mic’s second foray into the web cam arena. The first version of the Eyeball was pretty damned decent (on par with the iSight built into the MacBook Pro, at the very least), rockin’ a 1.3 megapixel (1280 x 1024) camera that tucks into a spring-loaded drawer built into the big ol’ high quality microphone. The new version ups the resolution to 2.0 megapixels (1600 x 1200) – and for good measure, they’ve upped the quality of the lens and the optical sensor, as well.
If your computin’ setup didn’t come with a webcam built in — or if you just want a better image — the new and improved Eyeball is a safe bet, based off what we saw in version 1. It should set you back about $79 once it hits the shelves (soon) at Amazon, Apple, and Fry’s.