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iaddict
Dec 2, 2009, 08:39 AM
I'd like to get a camera for my father to use with his eMac. He has 5 great-grandchildren now and they are so scattered across the country. He would love to talk to them (so they can see him) but I don't know of a camera that is compatible with his old eMac. Anyone know of one that isn't expensive?



spinnerlys
Dec 2, 2009, 08:54 AM
Your father's eMac should have Firewire (35MB/s) which is much faster than USB 1.1 (1.2 MB/s), so a Firewire iSight camera will work better.
http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iSight-FireWire-Computers-M8817LL/dp/B0000AKACN

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4181FM5Q6XL._SS400_.jpg

Darth.Titan
Dec 2, 2009, 09:04 AM
USB 1.1 is going to seriously limit your choices for a webcam. The data throughput is just too low for any kind of acceptable frame rate.

As spinnerlys suggested, your best bet would probably be an Apple iSight with Firewire, but even used these go for $129+. Not exactly inexpensive.

If your father is serious about video chat, he should at least consider getting a more up to date computer. Even a secondhand G5 iMac (with built in iSight) would be a much better choice for video chat than an eMac

53x12
Dec 2, 2009, 09:14 AM
Your father's eMac should have Firewire (35MB/s) which is much faster than USB 1.1 (1.2 MB/s), so a Firewire iSight camera will work better.
http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iSight-FireWire-Computers-M8817LL/dp/B0000AKACN

+1, that is exactly what I was going to recommend. You should be able to find them for <$120 on ebay.

iaddict
Dec 2, 2009, 09:18 AM
Firewire seems to make more sense. I will check into that. Thanks everyone!