Can I use my iMac's iSight camera in Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by cosrocket, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. cosrocket macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    I have an iMac with Windows 7 running via bootcamp. As I understand it, I should be able to use my iMac's built in iSight camera in Windows but I do not see any application installed that will allow me to use it. I ran the bootcamp drivers from my Leopard disc and then did the update from Apple's support site. Am I missing something to get it working?
  2. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    if you're talking about an application such as photo booth in windows to use it, I know you can take pics in the explorer main window when you access the isight webcam, other than that I don't remember.

    If you want to use it to chat, then use your fav. client like yahoo, windows live messenger, etc., and use it, it should work.
  3. windywoo macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    In Control Panel there is a "Scanners and Cameras" wizard that will let you use it.
  4. dylanweber macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009

    Once XP or Vista is installed, you just need the Drivers from the Mac OS X installed so it knows the volume buttons and the eject button and the iSight. So yes, you can use an iSight Camera with bootcamp...
    (I have ever attemped bootcamp before, DO NOT BE 100% SURE ABOUT WHAT I SAY, so if I'm wrong, you can just undo it)
  5. panamax macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2009
    Yeah you just have to go into windows, insert your mac os installer dvd and an installer wizard comes up saying that it will install bootcamp, it will install drivers for all the hardware in your computer, it works great after this
  6. davidbarnes macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    Sorry to be critical, but this is, well.. misleading..

    The following can be said to better explain the situation:
    • It is not possible to "use" the iMac camera under Windows 7 (to take picture) without seperate 3rd party software. So in a clean 'out-of-the-tin' setup, the camera is there, functioning as a device, but you have no way to use it.
    • the bootcamp drivers need to be installed and this process then enables the camera as a device you can then use with your chosen software.
    • AFAIK most popular messaging/chat software will sucessfully use the camera (Skype, Live Messenger, etc)
    • Most WebCams come with 'capture' software to allow you to capture pictures etc. However the Apple iMac built-in WebCam does not come with any appropriate windows software of this sort.
    • So, from a 'technical' perspective, the answer is "yes, it works".
    • But, for a user wanting to take a picture, the answer is "No, it doesn't work"

    What we could do with is sugestions on how a user can 'take a picture' using the built-in camera.
    This will require sugestions of appropriate software that allows 'photo capture'.


    This is ONLY appropriate on XP and Vista. On Windows 7 this is no longer available.


    Rather confused bu this statement "it works great after this".
    If, by "works", you meant it is there as a device, then yes.
    But if you mean "the user can use the camera to take a picture", then no! this is wrong.. You still need (on windows 7) additional (not included) software to 'take' the picture..
  7. docdosman macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2012
    Video recording - Windows 7 - IMAC

    You can use Picasa 3 to record videos. I found this link that explains the process.

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