Built in ISight Update?

Spandexman

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Does anyone know why the built in ISight camera hasn't been updated for years(at least I don't think so)? I mean, what with faster internet now, surely there'll be a greater demand for an increase in picture quality for video messaging? I think the current resolution is 640 x 480. Maybe even just a bump to 1MP might be appreciated, must be dirt cheap now. Does just no one care about this?
 

Gabriel GR

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Does anyone know why the built in ISight camera hasn't been updated for years(at least I don't think so)? I mean, what with faster internet now, surely there'll be a greater demand for an increase in picture quality for video messaging? I think the current resolution is 640 x 480. Maybe even just a bump to 1MP might be appreciated, must be dirt cheap now. Does just no one care about this?
To be honest, I've had my laptop for quite some months and i haven't used it even once. But I see your point. It should be 1.3mp or something as most other laptops are. The sensor costs next to nothing.
 

Sneakz

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The iSight camera has been updated, Apple just hasn't said so. Newer MB/MBPs have 1.3MP cameras although still limited to 640x480 and new iMacs have better iSights in terms of image quality.
 

Spandexman

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The iSight camera has been updated, Apple just hasn't said so. Newer MB/MBPs have 1.3MP cameras although still limited to 640x480 and new iMacs have better iSights in terms of image quality.
Oh, fair enough. Though I don't really see how it's a 1.3MP camera if it only takes 640x480...
 

Spandexman

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I guess it takes 1.3MP still images.
Oh, I see, that makes some sense I suppose. Don't really see why they'd just remove the option of a faster video though. Surely just giving various user decided settings would be more logical... Never mind, thanks for the replies!
 

hamis92

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Early 2008 MBPs can record video at 1280x1024 resolution using Mac OS X Snow Leopard's new QuickTime Player. Just select Maximum quality from the dropdown menu you see in the controller. AFAIK, still images are still limited to 640x480.

Could anyone using Late 2008 (or newer) MacBook Pro and Snow Leopard confirm if iSight supports higher resolution on those models?
 

althage

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I have a late 2009 MBP 15.4"....

and my iSight is 640X480 no matter what I do. Even the MacDaddy Test App only does .3 MP stills. Also, QuickTime in Snow Leopard will only record 640X480 as well. The picture quality of the camera is awful as well. Luckily I don't like to take pictures with my built in camera, because the picture quality would make me puke.

Early 2008 MBPs can record video at 1280x1024 resolution using Mac OS X Snow Leopard's new QuickTime Player. Just select Maximum quality from the dropdown menu you see in the controller. AFAIK, still images are still limited to 640x480.

Could anyone using Late 2008 (or newer) MacBook Pro and Snow Leopard confirm if iSight supports higher resolution on those models?
 

tombilske

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As said before, the actual iSight Camera in the MBP is 1.3MP 1280x1024, but software limits it to 640x480. As far as i know, the only thing that can get the full quality image out of the camera at the moment is Quartz Composer. There was a thread about this a little while ago
 
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