non isight webcam ?!

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  1. thevessels macrumors regular

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    ok i need a webcam that is osx compatible and not $200
    preferably liek under $50
    anyone have any ideas ?!
    thanks !
    -chris
     
  2. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    There are some you can find but you have to download drivers for some, or get programs to adjust settings, etc. I have a Logitech Quickcam Zoom (pro? i dunno) and I had to download a program to make the image from a dark screen to actual picture. You can download a program (around $10) iChatUSBCam that allows USB Cameras to work with iChat. Otherwise it works fine with everything else you need it for. If you want a good quality camera don't get a cheap one. They don't seem to be as good, and try to stay away from USB 1.1
     
  3. munkle macrumors 68030

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    If you mean iChat compatible then you want to be looking at Firewire webcams, much better quality than USB webcams but unfortunately also more expensive. I don't think you're going to have much like trying to find a firewire webcam under $50.

    Workaround might be to buy a cheap USB webcam - a dime a dozen - and download iChatUSBCam, which will make it compatible with iChat.
     
  4. thevessels thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks that link really helps !
    this is just for my sister so i dont think she really needs a super highrez image
     
  5. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Glad it worked out, just make sure you check the list of compatible webcams - don't think the hack supports all webcams. :)
     

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