So is the iSight camera actually good for anything?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BiikeMike, May 23, 2006.

  1. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    So yeah, photobooth is a cute gimmic, but does anyone actually use the camera for anything useful?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Define useful.

    My kids (2 and 5) love PhotoBooth and it has come in handy for sending a quick pic of the kiddies to Grandma that they can take themselves.

    There are also things like Delicious Library that can make use of the iSight.

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  3. zap2 macrumors 604

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    iChat AV

    Also the idea of a cameri in you computer is nice, and for a laptop you can use it as a make shift cameria(for ebay selling and ect)
     
  4. D34th macrumors regular

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    You mean photobooth doesn't keep you entertained for hours?! That's a shame. lol I do enjoy using photobooth, especially with someone else, trying to see what wierd and awkward things we can come up with. Are you asking if Photobooth or the iSight is used to anything usefull? Well Photobooth is, well, Photobooth. and the iSight is a webcam, obviously. Why do people have webcams? Many reasons, iChatAV, video podcasts, the list goes on. You can use it for whatever you want...
     
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Having an isight built in isn't as much of an advantage as not having one is a disadvantage. I hardly ever use my isight but every now and again I do. My mate and I have just been playing about with iChat but he doesn't have an isight on his powerbook and he really wishes it had one.
    BTW, if you use msn and you want to use the inbuilt isight (which is what I've been today quite a bit), download amsn. Google it. There are other msn clients such as Adium and Mercury but Adium doesn't support video calls and Mercury's ugly with a really bad configuration UI and although it does support video calls, they tend to be coloured blue on Intel machines.
     
  6. LittleJoe macrumors regular

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    my lady is currently 400 miles away...

    the isight allows her to make sure im keeping up with my diet

    useful... for her :rolleyes:
     
  7. remowilliams macrumors member

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    I was surprised at the quality of the isight on my MBP17. The image quality is actually quite good for something that small. Definitely not something I need all the time, but great to have :cool:
     
  8. BiikeMike thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Totally not where I thought you were going with that ;)


    I guess I just see it as gimmicy and dumb because I am a photographer, and have "real" (or at least more real ;) ) digi cams. I see the point of it for people that don't have a digital camera, or just want to take a quick snapshot for their friends or grandparents, I was just wondering if anyone here had a cool and interesting use for it :cool:
     
  9. LittleJoe macrumors regular

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    haha... i thought about that.. but decided on keeping it clean ;)

    Im a photographer myself... and i dont think the isight is intended so much as a snapshot tool, as it is a video tool... I use it to video chat ALOT.
     
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  11. fatties macrumors regular

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    if you are really vain you can use photo booth to see how you look like every 5 minutes. it cuts the need to go to the mirror and check your makeup!
     
  12. Grasbak macrumors 6502

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    Video Messages

    I have used the isight to record messages to send to people (birthdays for example). Used QT Pro, although I think you can do it through imove now (v6)
     
  13. mpw Guest

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    Isn't there a program that allows you to read barcodes with an iSight?

    Oh and on a similar note those new "smartovens", that was my idea. Just wish I'd patented it.:(
     
  14. balamw Moderator

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    Delicious Library can use the iSight for barcodes...

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  15. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    Delicious Monster does for some stuff, and yeah there is another program abouts I recall seeing...
     

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