A good WebCam for the mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by countermike, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. countermike macrumors member

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    Hi Anyone knows a good WebCam for the mac pro ?
    as i heard most of the webcams has problems with mac OS .

    thanks and is the iSight still around to buy ? :O

    :D
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nope. Because Europe banned a substance in the iSight, Apple stopped selling it in the U.S.A.

    Yes, it doesn't make sense.

    Any FireWire webcam or camcorder works. The Macam driver can handle hundreds of other USB webcams that iChat can't normally see.
     
  3. Soop53 macrumors regular

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    I have a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000. It works great.

    No Mac drivers but is recognized and very clear pics on the other end. Can not use the full features of the cam but it does the job.

    Very happy with it.
     
  4. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Microsoft Xbox 360 camera, works great. No drivers needed.
     
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    This is one of the reasons why I can't believe why Apple haven't updated / renewed their Cinema Displays yet... :confused:

    Every Mac with a built-in display has an iSight, but the Mac mini and G5 / Mac Pro owners can't get an Apple "iSight" which is simply so much nicer than any other webcam.
    I am lucky, I have an iSight from the recent past, and love it. It's sitting so nicely on my ACD 23". :)
     
  6. countermike thread starter macrumors member

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    yer true .... i wish they had update the isight and integrated on to the apples displays , but now i have already paid for my cinema display so im getting a iSight form e-bay ( which is the on lt place i can get one )

    but can u tell me , how is the quality of the cam ? is it really worth getting the iSight or another mega pixel web cam ?

    thanks so much
     
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    For iChat purposes, it's brilliant. And, ofcourse.. it looks so nice. :)
    The resolution is 640 x 480, and will use a FireWire port.

    I should advise you to get the 2nd generation iSight (the one with the magnetic piece to place it on your aluminium Cinema Display)
     
  8. Chilz0r macrumors regular

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    Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 is very nice, works well.
     
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  11. kjs862 macrumors 65816

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    Wow, I like this one. Not sure if its worth upgrading my current iSight though - I barely use the thing. I guess i'm just looking for ways to waste some money.:D
     
  12. kjs862 macrumors 65816

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    I never actually thought about using a camcorder. Anyone have any idea how to do this?
     
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  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Thought I read or heard that when using a USB camera (as opposed to a Firewire) you lose some of the functions (like screen backgrounds in iChat).
     
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  16. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    simply connect it through firewire, i suppose
     
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  18. Julien macrumors G3

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    Can anyone answer this. Does USB camera have limited features (in iChat) over a Firewire?
     
  19. netherfred macrumors member

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    Probably not if you would test the same camera with either FW or USB. But FW camera's are more expensive, so have better quality components, sensors etc. I don't think the price of the controller for usb or FW is so much different. Apple have made the iSight FW probably because of the power requirements or because at that point they weren't so much into the USB strategy. Weren't the first iSights introduced when Apple still sold USB1.1 Macs?

    EDIT: Yep, that's the reason. iSight was introduced in June 2003 and by that time they still sold the lamp-iMac-G4's with USB1.1. Same thing with the iPod: it was all FW in the beginning...
     
  20. Julien macrumors G3

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    So background effects work fine with a USB camera in iChat? Can you confirm this?
     
  21. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

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    I love my isight camera and I'm very glad that I got one before Apple discontinued them. You can still find them on ebay but they aren't cheap. Good luck in your search.
     
  22. kjs862 macrumors 65816

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    For some reason whenever Apple discontinuous something after a short while the product fetches a high price on eBay. Take a look at the iPod HiFi.
     
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  24. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    Demand high supply low, price up :)
     
  25. DougNeidermeyer macrumors newbie

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    philips spc 1300nc works great for all apps and has very high video quality though ive never used it for recording purposes just ichat/skype/etc. Good luck if you can find one since i think they are discontinued on my side of the pond
     

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