iSight Or PC-Compatible?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Kelg6, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Kelg6 macrumors newbie

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    My friend and I went to look at web cams and noticed Apple was only selling one product (iSight) and so we went into the store's other camera section. I found that PC cameras were really cheap and a camera compatible with both started at 100 bucks. So now I guess my price range is 100 to 150. This new-to-mac user just wants some suggestions on which to buy. Thanks. :confused:
     
  2. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    Forgot where I saw it, but the is a rumor that the iSight is going to be upgraded.
     
  3. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    All the reviews I have seen indicate that the iSight/iChat option is very high in quality and satifaction. Having not played with anything other than the iSight (and that was in store, not over the internet) I can't really be more helpful.
     
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    The iSight is like any other Apple thing...
    Quality, Solid, Expensive, Simple
     
  5. svenr macrumors regular

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    Most every USB or Firewire cam will work.

    What you should look at is
    • the resolution. iSight is 640*480, which is fairly high, many other cams are only 320*240 - a quarter of the picture size
    • the framerate. Not sure what iSight is, but you can check on Apple's site. If you want smooth video you should look for at least 24 FPS (frames/sec)
    • does it have audio support, built-in mic?
    • how it connects to the Mac, USB or Firewire. iSight is Firewire wich is fast enough for full-resolution video. Many cheaper cams are USB, which doesn't have enough oomph to handle skip-free video
    • whether it has auto-focus, i.e. can it make a sharp picture no matter how far away it is from the object?
    • (and of course the design, but that's persoanl taste. I think the iSight looks much better than anything else out there.)
     

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