iSight Camera vs. FaceTime HD Camera.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hypebeast, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. hypebeast macrumors member

    May 12, 2010
    With the new MacBook Pro's, they are advertising the camera as a FaceTime HD camera. But the old one's have iSight Cameras. I was wondering what the differences were? Is the FaceTime HD Camera better than the old iSights? Or is it just a rebranding of the same camera? I know it is thinner, but what advantages come from that?
  2. iPadThai macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2010
    I believe it is the new processors that enable these features without any sort of compromise in general performance when using HD. Built into the processor design is intel's quicksync technology - which allows for video encoding/decoding in CPU rather than rely on GPU. In fact, some benchmarks already prove that it's substantially faster using quicksync than GPU encoding/decoding.

    But I think you must be using the Intel HD3000 onboard gpu in order to utilize quicksync. I suppose the new facetime HD allows 720p compression on the fly with these new processors.

    The current isight camera supports 1280x1024 I think natively.

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