iMacs, cams and mics, Oh my !

KevKaos

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I am a mac user wannabe. I am a PC user right now, and hope to switch to an iMac 20 within the next 6-9 months.

I know that iMacs have a built in camera, and I assume that they have a built in mic as well? The reason I ask is because I do a fair amount of video conferencing with my kids 600 miles away. I am using a Logitech Quickcam Fusion which I love. It has a built in mic that seems to work very well and the cam does something like 1.3 megapixels so it is very clear. I know it will work on a Mac, because the software to do so is on the disc that came with it. Does anyone know if i am likely to run into any conflicts trying to use the Fusion? I guess I am just not clear on how the system will know what cam and mic I want to use. Maybe whatever chat software I am using at the time will see both and ask which I want to use?

Sorry for asking such a noob question, but I've never had a computer with more than one cam before.
 

mooncaine

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Dec 19, 2004
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Just give the camera and mic on the iMac a try before you decide. You'll probably love it. I was really surprised at how great the images are that come from the tiny camera built-in to my MacBook Pro.
 

PlaceofDis

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in iChat or whatever program you're using you should be able to select the input device of your choosing with no problem. and the iMacs do have an internal built-in mic as well. :D
 

KevKaos

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mooncaine said:
Just give the camera and mic on the iMac a try before you decide. You'll probably love it. I was really surprised at how great the images are that come from the tiny camera built-in to my MacBook Pro.
I'm sure I will use it, at least at first. My Logitech has face tracking that seems to work pretty good which is nice if you move around a bit. I did, or do wonder about the image quality from such a small lens. The Fusion lens is small, but the one on the Mac looks really tiny. Guess I will just have to wait and see. I did get the answer I was looking for though.

The funny thing is that I now have two of these Fusions. The one I sent to my kids went belly up so Mom bought them a replacement and sent the broken on back to me. I called Logitech and they sent me a brand new one. I only mention that because I was impressed that a company like Logitech really does stand by their warranty.