iSight Camera vs. FaceTime HD Camera.

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

  1. hypebeast macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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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