Dell has announced a new UltraSharp Webcam that will be instantly recognizable to Mac users. The UltraSharp camera has a cylindrical form strikingly similar to Apple’s iconic iSight webcam, which was first debuted at WWDC in 2003 and was eventually discontinued in 2008. According to The Verge, the UltraSharp has USB-C connectivity and can record or stream in 4K.
The UltraSharp is a USB-C webcam with an 8.3-megapixel Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor. It can record or transmit 4K video at 30 or 24 frames per second and 1080p or 720p video at 24, 30, or 60 frames per second. The field of view (FOV) can be adjusted to 65 degrees for a close crop, 78 degrees for a wider crop, or 90 degrees for the broadest crop possible. The webcam contains several auto-light adjustment functions that seek to improve the quality of your image regardless of the illumination. It sports a digital zoom of up to 5x and autofocus.
It also has an infrared sensor connecting to the Windows Hello face recognition platform for Windows users. The iSight-like appearance is the most notable feature for Mac users, making it an attractive option despite the constraints. If you require a standalone webcam and don’t care about the aesthetics, something like the Logitech Brio would be a better solution.