13" MBP Only 0.3 Megapixel iSight?

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  1. HFU macrumors regular

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    After much discussion about SATA downgrade by Apple, I decided to check some of the hardware components equipped with the latest batch of uMBP. After running Test App from Mac Daddy, I was only able to capture 640x480 image, does that mean the uMBP equipped with 0.3M iSight instead of 1.3M iSight on the higher end 15"/17" uMBP models?

    If you know of other test program for iSight resolution, or configuration setting, please advise!
     
  2. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Goes megapixel equal pixels? I thought all of their iSights use the same resolution.
     
  3. iAlex macrumors member

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    Oh no.... this is becoming too much. ~sigh. Crippled iSights?
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    640x480 is pretty much the standard for webcams.

    So far Apple has cut costs-I mean lowered the price-by using a 1.5 GB/s SATA interface and now it seem that they've lowed the pixels on the 13'' iSight. Or were they always .3 MP?
     
  5. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    uh im pretty sure apps like ichat and photobooth dont take full use of the the 1.3 mp isight camera on the macbook pro

    i'm pretty sure i read this somewhere.

    I also read snowleopard will take better advantage of the 1.3mp camera and use higher resolutions
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It IS a 1.3 megapixel camera, the software bumps it down to 640X480 for chats and stuff like that. This is common knowledge and its been like that for years.
     
  7. Portal83 macrumors regular

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    "With the LED-Backlit MacBook Pros, Apple has moved to using a sensor capable of 1280x1024 pixels, but when accessed using provided APIs, the image is re-sampled to 640x480 pixels." - Wikipedia

    Like others said, 640x480 is standard or better than most webcams and is not just a 13" thing.
     
  8. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Then why would that app report it as .3 MP? Someone with a new 17'' has to run that app.

    EDIT: Some activity while I was typing.
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I think SL will allow for better resolution because ichat now uses 1/3 of the bandwidth, meaning you could make up the difference with higher resolution now.

    It is purely for bandwidth reasons, not sure why/if you can use a better resolution for photobooth.
     
  10. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah i wish photobooth used a higher resolution
     
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I'm pretty sure SL allows you to.
     
  12. HFU thread starter macrumors regular

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    If Snow Leopard can take advantage of 1.3MP, it would be great improvement for virtual conference.

    Here is the info from 13" uMBP:

    Hardware > USB > USB High-Speed Bus > Built-in iSight
    Product ID: 0x8507
    Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
    Version: 4.19

    Can people with latest 15"/17" uMBP or previous gen uMB, uMBP/MBP check Product ID, Vendor ID, and Version under hardware profile?
     
  13. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    You're LOOKING for problems? Jesus, some people on MacRumors are ridiculous. It's a effing computer, and a damn nice one at that. Go hang out with your friends and stop running tests on your system (yeah, TESTS, because in real life usage you didn't notice a difference!)
     
  14. sieg macrumors newbie

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    It's same on 17" uMBP.
     
  15. CoffeeWarrior macrumors regular

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    Hey chill out, the person was just asking a question
     
  16. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    I'm sorry dude. I don't mean to get nasty, I just think people need to chill out with trying to find things to complain about with the new systems.
     
  17. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    Getting so tired of these 'Oh N0e5 App7e i5 7eh ev1L' threads.

    If you've bought it and it meets your requirements, use it, if not sell it or return it.

    :rolleyes:
     
  18. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I had thought I'd read about such a hack, but now I can't find any information on it. Anyone remember this, or am I dreaming?
     
  19. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    I have the same Product and Vendor IDs but version 4.18
     
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    Thanks for bringing your relevant post to this thread :rolleyes:

    Anyway, does anyone now how much bandwidth is eaten up by 640x480 vs higher resolutions? Just wonderin.
     
  22. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly...
     
  23. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    Built-in iSight:

    Product ID: 0x8507
    Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
    Version: 4.18
    Serial Number: 8H8CJ011B40Y3L00
    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Location ID: 0x24400000
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500


    15" 2.4ghz pro
     
  24. chowmein macrumors member

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    You can also use Quicktime to test your iSight by doing this:
    - open Quicktime
    - open Preferences and go to Recording tab
    - under Quality, select Device Native
    - now go to File and select New Movie Recording
    - press command-I on your keyboard to bring up inspector
    - if your iSight is indeed 1.3MP, then it should be recording in 1280 x 1024

    EDIT: Quicktime PRO features only. Sorry about that. (Thanks for reminding me, uberamd)
     
  25. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Those are quicktime pro features only.
     

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