alternative to iSight??

thebrain74

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I was wondering that since Apple has discontinued the external iSight (making eBay prices anywere from expensive to ridiculous) what people who need a web cam are using around here if they don't have an internal. I looked on the Apple site and saw the logitech webcam sold there, but it looked like it has some major audio issues with 10.4.10. I just wondering if I could get some real world feedback about what is used and works.

thanks for the help
 

uaaerospace

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I'm not sure about dedicated webcams, but I use just a regular firewire camcorder as the cam on my G5. Works like a champ and has much, much better quality (and zoom) than a webcam.
 

thebrain74

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I don't have a camcorder, nor is buying one an option as this camera is for my dad's iMac so I can iChat with him when I'm in college. So ya...no camcorder.
 

thebrain74

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2 quick questions, what is UVC and is it usually listed in the specs/packaging.
-does the xbox live cam work without any extra software??
 

SDDave2007

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Any webcam certified to work with "Vista" is UVC.... and will work with OSX. However there is a bug in 10.4.10 the affects the microphone on all non-ISight cameras on Intel MACS. Apple is aware of it and hopefully will have a fix out soon.

I am using a Logitech Fusion....
 

thebrain74

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ya I'd heard about the audio issue, which is one of the reasons I am so wary. Does your Logitech fusion have it (assuming you arde using 10.4.10)? If it doesn't could I get the full name/model #.

thanks everyone for the help
 

SDDave2007

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You WILL have a disabled microphone on ANY USB UVC compliant Webcam on an INTEL MAC if you have upgraded to 10.4.10... Apple done screwed up.

The 10.4.10 upgrade does not seem to affect PPC Macs.

For Logitech webcams.... be sure the box says certified for Vista, and mentions REALLIGHT 2 [not just RealLight]

Logitech has 5 or 6 cams that meet this requirement.

The microphone not working is Apples fault, NOT the cam manufacturers

Bug ID 5323375: USB MICROPHONE FAILS IN 10.4.10


This is a follow up to Bug ID# 5323375. After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering. This issue has been filed in our bug database under the original Bug ID# 5164681. The original bug number being used to track this duplicate issue can be found in the State column, in this format: Duplicate/OrigBug#.
 

SDDave2007

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Oh and yeah the XBOX Live works right out of the box [I tried one before I bought the Logitech Fusion]

Two big problems however..
1) there is no mounting clip.... it just has a flat base. very difficult to make it stay where you want it... impossible to mount on top of your monitor.

2) no microphone... not a non-working mic... it simply does not have one to start with.... and by the time you buy a USB mic [assuming Apple fixes the problem]... you have paid as much as buying the Fusion or something similar

[Oh... for the record... I got my Fusion at Circuit City... $100-$60 rebate, so it cost the same as the XBOX one]
 

atarigraffx

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Any webcam certified to work with "Vista" is UVC.... and will work with OSX. However there is a bug in 10.4.10 the affects the microphone on all non-ISight cameras on Intel MACS. Apple is aware of it and hopefully will have a fix out soon.

I am using a Logitech Fusion....
is the fusion iChat compadible??