which webcam should I buy for OS X?

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2003
    i'm looking for a webcam that i can use to talk to someone with a PC. would things be really complicated if i went with a USB camera? do you have advice on a webcam that works and will last a while? recommendations?! thnx.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    as a new iSight owner, I'd definitely recomend it as a great webcam...the only thing is that its a little expensive although you can now get it for about 20 bucks cheaper with the student discount
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Well, without knowing much about webcams for OS X, I would have to say if you went with iSight you couldn't really go wrong.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2003
    Re: which webcam should I buy for OS X?

    You can buy some USB webcams and they will work with 3rd party drivers.

    A free USB webcam driver: http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/
    A shareware (but better) driver: http://www.ioxperts.com/usbwebcam.html

    You can use these drivers and use Yahoo! Messenger to video conference cross-platform. The quality is nothing to be proud of, but it works. There is probably other video conference software out there, but Y!M is cheap (<ahem> free). You don't have to pay $130 for an iSight if you just want to do some cross-platform video conferencing. It's a nice camera, but you don't really need it if it's not in your budget.

    Before you purchase a camera, however, make sure it is fully supported by the drivers I listed above. I have a Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks (NOT the pro model), but I don't really like it. The quality really stinks, although it is VERY tiny and portable.

    Here is the QuickCam for Notebooks: http://tinyurl.com/j3nv You can find it cheaper if you look around, however. I got mine for $25.

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