I found out something weird to. I was doing some Photoshopping when I noticed the webcam was listed under the "Import" menu. When I clicked it I got an alternative "picture taking" screen. The main difference I was able to select the 1280x1024 resolution (1,3mp) which resulted in far better pictures than I was able to shoot with the regular picture taking screen (accessable via My Computer).
Now I was wondering, is there any other way to bring up the screen I got in Photoshop? I don't like starting Photoshop every time I want to take a good shot.