iSight quality question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AzMacNoob, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. AzMacNoob macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacPro and a friend gave me an old iSight she got for her first 12" MacBook about 3 years ago.

    What is the quality difference in current MacPro or iMac's in comparison to the old iSight that you clipped to the monitor.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The new one is supposed to have better picture quality generally and better low-light performance, but it is fixed (infinity) focus, whereas the old one had a motorized autofocus.
     
  3. russell.h macrumors regular

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    I know the one built into a new MBP is much higher resolution (although you have to use 3rd party software to capture at the higher resolution, unless iMovie '08 can capture at full resolution - hopefully the new Photobooth with Leopard will fix this).

    However there is more to quality than resolution, the external iSights have a much nicer lens, and I would think its good bet that its color reproduction is better than that of the built in ones.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, yeah, I'm sorry, I forgot about the resolution. It changed from VGA (640x480) to 1.3MP (1280x1024) at some point.

    http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/334/C12763/

    To my knowledge, not all internal iSights are 1.3MP; I'm not sure exactly when it started, although I believe it was discovered with the Santa Rosa MBP. It looks like at least some pre-SR Macs had it, but I'm not sure which ones do and don't, and if the Macbook has a 1.3MP one in it yet or not.
     
  5. AzMacNoob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nice info, thanks guys. I didn't know how far the iSight has come along in quality in the past 3 - 4 years, at least now I know that there has been a few changes in the quality.
     
  6. Kawasaki macrumors member

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  7. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    i always wondered why some people who have a builtin isight in their macbook/macbook pro buy an external isigh and connect it to the same laptop >_>...i wish i knew why really..i dont think that all of them have broken builtin isight..
     
  8. Malfoy macrumors 6502a

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    Because we all don't like the camera facing straight at us all the time?:confused:
     
  9. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    eh makes sense >_>
     

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