best webcam for Macpro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fleacat, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. fleacat macrumors newbie

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    The good looking isight has been discontinued for some reasons. What type of webcam can we use for Macpro that is fully campatible with photobooth and ichat? or is Apple planning to release a new version of isight soon?
     
  2. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    id go for a iSight off of ebay. theyre quite expensive but boy are they good.
     
  3. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. I love my iSight camera, it's solid and the image quality is fantastic. Ebay is your friend ;)
     
  4. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    oh and DONT BUY THE GRIFFIN ISHIGHT LIGHT, its soo bad lol
     
  5. fleacat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replys!

    Did you guys happen to see the "isight-looking" web cam on Apple Cinema Display during WWDC presentation. Yeah, on the top of the display that Job was using during the presentation. Are those old firewire iSights?
     
  6. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    I guess so. I haven't seen the keynote yet but was he not using his normal iMac with built in iSight?

    Sorry, re-read your post - he was using an ACD :confused:
     
  7. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, they've used those before. Pity they don't sell them any more.
     
  8. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    jeez they are over $200. are they really that superior to other webcams? You can get good 3rd party ones for $100.

    They all pretty much suck; even the one on my MBP. Is this external iSight any better?
     
  9. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    iSight is absolutely pro :D
     
  10. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -tribe3

    True autofocus, full SDTV @ 30frames/sec, noise cancelling feature.

    Yes.
     
  11. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    The one I saw at $205 buy it Now is gone!!. People ask over $250 and up to $300 for this camera... I remember it used to cost $150

    I believe you guys that this must be "the webCamera" but now it's an overpriced collectors item.

    Cheers
     
  12. Peter S. macrumors newbie

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    2 cheapish USB options!

    There is (at least) 2 USB webcam that works with Mac OS X and iChat without additional drivers. Confirmed is the Creatives webcam Live! Cam Optia and unconfirmed is the Microsoft Xbox Live Vision for the Xbox 360, both should work strait out of the box i Mac OS X (10.4.8).
     
  13. fairnymph macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know if there are really high res webcams? I hate these SD crappy ones. Even isight.

    Everything should have more pixels.
     
  14. damado macrumors 6502

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    So what's the deal with isight for the mac pro/mac mini? They not planning on ever having one again?

    I guess everything else has it built in so maybe they are just planning on putting it in the cinema screens soon?
     
  15. roughtenator macrumors newbie

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    I wish apple would still sell the isight because i wanted one, but I am unshure of buying one on ebay
     
  16. roughtenator macrumors newbie

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    there is a program that you can use to get almost any usb cam to work with mac, it is called ichatusbcam
     
  17. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Do people not realize that any camcorder with firewire can easily be used as a webcam? I have been using a sony camcorder in place of the isight for yrs. Works way better too.
     
  18. uMac macrumors 6502

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    That was my plan (unless an opporuntiy to get an iSight came up), but does it have any limitations?
     
  19. Counter macrumors 6502

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    They should still sell them separately. Not everybody wants the cam stuck smack bang in the middle at the top of their display. Or wants to move the display to move the camera. For laptops and iMac's it's cool to include them there, but they should still sell a separate unit.
     
  20. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    Good tip buddy. Thanks

    I don't use webcams that much so a 50 bucks unit is about all I need.
     
  21. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    None at all, infact it is way better. Remote control zoom, record, better quaility video, tripod attachment fitting.
     
  22. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    Macenforcer,
    I couldn't find a single FW camcorder on Bestbuy or Circuitcity's page (didn't even looked at the expensive ones). What camcorder are we talking about, and what price range?

    Thanks
     
  23. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Any camcorder with a firewire port. Most likely a tape based camcorder like a sony but they call it iLink. Look for sony with iLink.



    edit: or look for IEEE 1394 interface. They all mean firewire.
     
  24. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Almost any of these will work. Just make sure it has the firewire port on the actual camcorder and not on the dock like some of the sony ones have.


    Firewire camcorders at Best Buy
     
  25. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Xbox Live Vision camera. $40, looks great with the Mac, works right out of the box, quality is just as good as the built in isights in the macbook.
     

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