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Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by c073186, Sep 27, 2008.
Can someone recommend me a good webcam? If possible, one that looks nice with an ACD.
Yeah but isn't that really expensive?
I dunno, you decide.
Okay; but aren't new webcams a lot better in terms of picture quality? Or is the iSight still good?
It's 640x480. Some new webcams can do 720p but you wouldn't want to video chat at that res as it would be quite choppy.
Now that I think of it, the isight is firewire only.
Logitech makes some good USB webcams.
Logitech recently released a webcam for Macs.
I have that one. Video quality is great and works very well with iChat.
I found and bought one for $183. So, is the iSight still a good camera by today's standards or is it kind of outdated? I figured I'd try it and if it isn't any good I know I can resell it easily.
The iSight is an excellent web cam. Hunt one down on eBay or craigslist.
Works out of the box on OS X. 640 x 480 @ 30 fps. Nothing shabby about that at all.
$183 isn't bad for brand new, sealed in box, is it? Only like $30 over the original cost.
I've never used an external iSight but my wife has a MacBook and my parents have a 24" iMac. Now their internal isights are a bit better but when video chatting the video gets down-sampled to 640x480 which is what the external iSight's resolution is and it looks good enough to make full screen on a MacBook. Color and light is good. It's quite good actually.
Speaking of iSight cameras... is there much difference in the A, B, and C, revisions? Or are they all pretty much the same?
Add me to the list of those who recommended a Logitech webcam. I have the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 for use on a second display monitor for my MacBook. Very good camera.
I also have the Logitech Quickcam Vision Pro, and it is a great webcam. Plug and Play with a very good frame rate(30fps in ichat).
I have a Logitech and have been very happy with it. Friends like to watch me pretend to work while on Yahoo IM.
This is the first webcam that lets you use all of the features included with the webcam, such as right light technology, right sound and face recognition. I think you will start seeing more UVC compliant cameras in the future.
iSight are pretty good quality, around $200 for a brand new, sealed in box on eBay.
I was just on the Logitech site and most of the webcams don't say anything about Mac compatibility. Is it a given they will work with an IMac? Thanks!
They might work, but with limited functionality. You can try using macam or iUSBCam to get unsupported camera to work with OS X
I would stay away from mac cam. It will interfere with your UVC drivers and cause all kinds of system issues. (We get them everyday).
The reason there is no mac logo next to any webcam is because it differs with each version of the OS. One camera might work with 10.4 - 10.5 but not with 10.3 and below. Hence why no logo.