VideoPhone Kit


At A Glance

The Apple VideoPhone Kit, released in 1997, allowed video conferencing over a 28,000 bps modem, ISDN or Ethernet connection. It came bundled with Netscape’s CoolTalk audioconferencing software. Read the original specifications of the Apple VideoPhone Kit at the Apple support site.

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Original Specifications


  • Lens:
    • Focal Length: 6.0 mm
    • F-stop: 2.8
    • Focus: Manual (2 inches to infinity)
  • Pick-up system:
    • Image: 1/3 inch CCD
    • Pixels (approx.): Effective: 250,000 (512×492), Total: 270,000 (542×497)
  • Sensitivity:
    • Standard illumination: 1,500 lux
    • Minimum illumination: 60 Hz mode: 5 lux, 50 Hz mode: 10 lux
    • Maximum illumination: 100,000 lux
  • Video output signals:
    • Signal type: NTSC composite
    • Impedance: 75 ohms
    • Level: 1.0 +/- 20% Vp-p (75 ohms terminated)
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: 46 decibels (weighted)
    • Horizontal resolution: 320 TV lines (center portion)


  • Power:
    • Voltage: DC 11 ~ 16 volts (V)
    • Consumption: 1.9 watts (W)
  • Connectors:
    • DC input: 5.5mm diameter
    • Video ouput: RCA standard jack
  • General:
    • Weight: Approx. 200 grams
    • Size: 75mm x 75mm x 124mm
    • White balance: Automatic (control range 2,700 degrees Kelvin ~ 6500 degrees Kelvin)
    • Exposure: Automatic (use iris adjustment knob to adjust the aperture manually)
    • Cable length: Integrated cable, 8 feet
  • AC power adapter:
    • Voltage: DC 11 ~ 16 V
    • Consumption: Approx. 1.9W (typical)
    • DC input: 5.5mm diameter



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