The included QuickCam software lets you adjust many settings, including brightness, saturation, contrast, white balance, hue, sharpness, gamma, and backlight. You can also change exposure, gain, and ambient-light settings. With low-light-boost and color-boost settings, Logitech helps you achieve optimal performance under different light conditions. In the less-useful-but-cute department is the Avatars feature, which tracks the movements of your nose, eyebrows, and mouth and applies them to a cartoon character such as an alien or a shark.
The QuickCam Pro 5000 performed well in our tests, but bright whites were blown out, especially in dimly lit environments, even when we employed the low-light boost setting. Digital noise was minimal, but we did notice it in dark areas. Colors were vibrant, rich, and accurate, and using the color-boost feature improved the color quality. Video images were equally clear, with good color, though quickly moving objects (such as a waving hand) were somewhat blurry, even in well-lit conditions.
Video records at a maximum of 30 frames per second at resolutions of 160x120, 320x240, and 640x480. You can capture still images at any of those resolutions and at 1.3 megapixels; however, the latter image size is achieved through interpolation.
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 comes with a two-year hardware warranty, which is better than the standard one year for input devices. You can get service and support online or from a toll-free phone number. Logitech's support Web site also offers software updates, driver downloads, and user discussion forums.