iSight alternative now available

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  1. newmacuser13 macrumors member

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    I don't know if this has been mentioned before, but,,,


    There is now an alternative the the iSight that works on Macs
    I was looking for a camera to use with my wife's newer Mini with Skype.

    Saw this little camera called an iMage from picoinstruments.com in a magazine blurb. Figured that I couldn't lose for the asking price of $59. Ordered on Friday night direct off their website, had it in hand by Monday, plugged it in, and two seconds later up popped the message that skype video was now good to use. Brings new meaning the the term "plug and play".

    Tested it out - works just fine. Image is typical webcam quality. Now we can Skype from US to daughter in Spain with video. THere is a plug in required to use it with iChat, a download available on their site.

    This one is worth a try. http://www.picoinstruments.com/picowebcam.htm

    (I tried to do a search to see if thie new product had been mentioned before, but that kinda tough with a name like iMage = image = tons of threads about pictures!)
     
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    How does the sound compare to the iSight? Also, is the autofocus good? How about brightness?
     
  3. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I was reading about the iMage last night at school in my new issue of Mac | Life. It didn't seem very impressive from what I read. No built-in mic? I'll pass. Also the biggest con of all: it's USB, not FireWire. Forget using it with iChat or iMovie.

    Edit: So there is a plug-in available for iChat? It's still not ready out of the box.
     
  4. eji macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, but it's nearly $100 cheaper than Apple's iSight, which is now unavailable (and selling for nearly $400 on Amazon.com!). I don't know if you meant to come off as sneering and dismissive as you did, but the iMage looks like an okay alternative for video chatting on the Mac.
     
  5. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I wasn't trying to come across as anything. Sorry if I did. I'm just saying, from what I have seen, there is nothing that can live up to the iSight's quality. Yeah it does suck that it's not available from Apple right now, that's true. I just hope Apple brings it back.
     
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Maybe it's a great cam, I don't know, but I wouldn't put a product this hideous on my desk.
     
  7. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    Looks promising I think there should me more mac compatible webcams.
     
  8. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Unfortunately this camera is only 15 fps, rather than 30 like the iSight. This is a big negative for me. Here's waiting for updated iSights.
     
  9. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    i like the iMage. Too bad about no mic...why not just add that too :mad:
     
  10. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    IMHO, it's freaking ugly...

    Ok back to math !
     
  11. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    You wouldn't see me with that ugly thing sitting on top of my computer.

    TS
     
  12. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    This is just a regular ugly webcam. There is nothing special and nothing that justifies the pricetag.

    You can find Mac drivers for much better PC webcams at a much better price. All this is, is a generic PC webcam with Mac drivers.
     
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    It looks really retro 70's sci-fi.

    I can't work out if I like it or hate it.
     
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    Oddly enough, inside the macbook portables, the isight (which i find to be downright incredible) is connected internally over the USB bus.
     
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    Who knew that overpaying for my iSite would actually yield me some gains!
     

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