Webcam for Mac Pro in place of iSight?

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  1. jonnysods macrumors 601

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    Hey all, I just ordered a new Quad to replace my iMac, and I had a question.

    Now that I'm losing an iSight in my iMac, I was looking around at the old iSight webcams, but the prices are crazy high still. I was wondering if there was a camera out there that can be used instead of the iSight?

    I want it for Skype, MSN for Windows etc as I need it to talk to clients and family back in Australia.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Matt Dean macrumors newbie

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    I agree with Whiteyez,

    the QuickCam Pro is a very nice camera. ( I wouldn't trade it for my iSight, though)
     
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  4. jons macrumors 6502

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    What is considered the best webcam available? Most of the ones I've used aren't very good, the iSight included.

    The firewire iSights were really good though.
     
  5. grue macrumors 65816

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    Logitech Vision Pro is unbeatable so far, I'm VERY happy with mine.

    Framegrab from it when I was testing with my PowerBook when I first got the cam:

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. crazeazn macrumors member

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    what this guy said.
     
  8. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    i used to use my PS2 eye toy as a webcam too. it's not fake although quality isn't going to be anywhere near a normal camcorder esp via firewire
     
  9. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a

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    There... :D
     

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  10. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    Is there a secret to making the EyeToy work?
    I just plugged it into my iMac to see what it does, and in iChat, Skype and System Preferences it is recognized as a microphone, but it doesn't appear as a camera anywhere.
    Explanation?
     
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  12. nerdish macrumors regular

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    I have the same camera on my Pro, no auto focus or face detection, those features are on windows only - but it still works great!
     
  13. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    How about the aGent V4. New ones can be found on eBay for about $50 and shipping is often free. It is marketed as a direct iSight competitor and even looks very similar. The screen grab is from 10 seconds ago.
     

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    Hmmm, that's not too bad (not real good but not too bad) for what looks like a total piece of junk when viewed at the store close up. By looking at it I would expect it to break in just a few days and wouldn't want to pay $100 for it. <shurg> Looks are deceiving?
     

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  15. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wow, that thing looks great! I wonder if it works. I'm going to dig around for some reviews because that price point is pretty good!
     
  16. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    The PS Eye is the best i have seen, ultra smooth motion. Great Stills, and the Microphone is awesome (3 Mic's, to eliminate background noise)
     
  17. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Is that the PS2 or PS3 Eye?

    It's certainly way cheaper than all the other units I'm looking at (which is good because I just spent over $3K for the machine - I can't tell my wife that I'm spending $150 of a camera!).

    How do you get it to work on the MP?
     
  18. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    This is cool:

    http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/cameras/camera.php?id=626

    But there is a caution if you are using external USB hard drives:

    "This camera produces an excellent image. However it uses a very high bandwidth, and the presence of USB hard-drives (even if not connected to the same controller) can cause problems (incomplete images)."

    Luckily all my drives on this one will be internal!
     
  19. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Its the PS Eye, not the Eyetoy, you can tell by the Cable (Seen in the pic of the Mac Pro)

    The Eyetoy is a VGA Quality Camera
    The PS Eye is a 720p Camera.
     
  20. jonnysods thread starter macrumors 601

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    Just so I'm correct then, because I'm a noob with PS stuff - the PS Eye is the new camera for the PS3? I looked it up and it seems to be the one - I just don't want to make a bum purhcase!

    Thanks!
     
  21. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    I use the PS Eye (ps3 camera), my only problem with it is that the base is flat. So it doesn't sit well on my monitor. I have to very carefully balance it or place it at an odd angle on the Mac handles.
     
  22. NonBorn macrumors newbie

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    Does PS Eye works with ichat??? Because I cannot make it work...
     

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