Firewire 800 Webcams?

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  1. fairtradeguy macrumors newbie

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    I just got my new Quad Core Mac Pro and I noticed that all the firewire plugs are 800 (IEEE 1394b). I want to get a firewire 800 webcam, but can't seem to find any online. Anyone know if there is such a device?

    Thanks. :D
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You could get a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter and get an older Apple iSight camera if you don't mind used.
     
  3. fairtradeguy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thought of this

    I want to eliminate as much crap attached to this machine, was wondering if there is an 800 option - Thanks
     
  4. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    You know you can get a FireWire 400 <-> 800 adapter, right?
     
  5. fairtradeguy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yup

    uh... yup
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's $4 maximum. Either that or buy a $30 FireWire PCIe card. FireWire 800 webcams don't exist because they're not needed.
     
  7. fiercetiger224 macrumors 6502a

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    No. Most are actually USB by the way. Apple's own iSight is probably the only Firewire based webcam. Why don't they make a FW800 webcam? There's no need, since it doesn't even use all of the bandwidth. USB 2.0 is more than enough bandwidth to handle webcam. In fact, all iMac and Macbooks use USB 2.0 based webcams. :p

    And why won't you grab a FW400 to FW800 cable?
     
  8. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    You can even buy cables with 400 on one and and 800 on the other. The two are completely cross compatible. There's no clutter involved.
     
  9. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Crap? Its a 1" long plastic plug or a conversion cable. Unless you spend a long time looking at the back of your computer, its hardly even noticeable.

    Firewire 800 webcams are worthless as they wouldn't utilize the bandwidth of the port hardly at all.
     
  10. fairtradeguy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks that's a great idea, I'll check and see if I can get a cable. :D
     

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