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jlewis2k1

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so, im planning on purchasing a true mac webcam because the one that was brought as a gift isnt mac compatiable. anyone have any good recommendations other than the iSight?
 

bousozoku

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There isn't another really good choice. The price of iSight is good for what you get.

Logitech has a few like the QuickCam Pro 4000 and their older version of their laptop compatible model but they are older. IceCam and others that use FireWire are around $100 but don't include the microphone and are supposedly somewhat inferior in video quality.
 

jlewis2k1

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hmm, this is interesting. ok, so i would be forced to buy yet another apple product? lol not that im against it, it just seems like once you buy one product and you want something you have to buy their products to get anything to work.
 

bousozoku

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I'm not sure what else you think you have to buy but if you're wanting to use it with iChat, Mercury Messenger or aMSN (for MSN Messenger compatibility), or Yahoo! Messenger, you'd be set.
 

AlBDamned

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There are hacks and programs that can make even the cheapest of USB webcams work with Macs, but overall I've heard it's a pretty sh**ty experience compared to plugging in an iSight and getting rolling straight away.
 

jlewis2k1

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bousozoku said:
I'm not sure what else you think you have to buy but if you're wanting to use it with iChat, Mercury Messenger or aMSN (for MSN Messenger compatibility), or Yahoo! Messenger, you'd be set.

well if you want the fullest compatiability for keyboards, mouse, montiors or whatever. you mind as well buy the apple branded products for that. you know for the full experience.
 

bousozoku

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AlBDamned said:
There are hacks and programs that can make even the cheapest of USB webcams work with Macs, but overall I've heard it's a pretty sh**ty experience compared to plugging in an iSight and getting rolling straight away.
A friend in North Dakota uses a Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 with the iChatUSB plug-in and his webcam works but there is a world of difference in the quality.

jlewis2k1 said:
well if you want the fullest compatiability for keyboards, mouse, montiors or whatever. you mind as well buy the apple branded products for that. you know for the full experience.
I'm happier with my Logitech keyboard and trackball than I ever was with Apple products but I know what you mean.
 

topgunn

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I use a DV camcorder connected with a firewire cable. If you already have such a camera, you might want to give it a try.