This is a cheap and sufficient web camera for most uses but if HD type quality and point of use/portability (requires plug in a computer) are big factors, you may want to consider a flipcamera or camcorder. Compatibility It records in both avi. and wnv. Avi is better for video quality. Video Quality The video quality is not all that clear and it seems to alter my voice a little in videos. Some traces of pixelation (when square pixels are visible) can be seen. Ease of Use It is very easy to set up and use. Once you plug it in for the first time a dialog box will appear where you can begin taking pictures or recording. When it does not pop up, I search youcam or cyberlink and it pops up. Its camera head can swivel which is helpful for times where there is not a lot a space to move around. Cord is about 4 feet which allows you to record your computer screen from faraway if necessary (It has a feature to track desktop movements but I believe that requires a purchase so I record my screen instead) Durability Seems like the swivel head could easily break.