I am in need of an HD quality (720p+) web cam, either USB or firewire, that works with Skype and/or iChat. It needs an optical zoom, autofocus, tilt/pan, and good light gathering capability with little to no grain.
It seems everything tops out at $100, and we're willing to spend a lot more than that to get something that works.
I've tried seeing how a camcorder would work, but it seems it's hit or miss with getting the audio to work, camcorders aren't designed to run that long and often fail, and very few manufacturers are making FW cams these days.
check out the gopro hd cams, they look rad. i think they top out at around 300 bucks.