What is a good webcam?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    Can someone recommend me a good webcam? If possible, one that looks nice with an ACD.
     
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  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I dunno, you decide.
     
  4. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay; but aren't new webcams a lot better in terms of picture quality? Or is the iSight still good?
     
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Wikipedia article

    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.
     
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  7. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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 So, is the iSight still a good camera by today's standards or is it kind of outdated?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.
     
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    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.
     
  9. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    $183 isn't bad for brand new, sealed in box, is it? Only like $30 over the original cost.
     
  10. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    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.
     
  11. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking of iSight cameras... is there much difference in the A, B, and C, revisions? Or are they all pretty much the same?
     
  12. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  13. dmarch macrumors regular

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    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).
     
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    I have a Logitech and have been very happy with it. Friends like to watch me pretend to work while on Yahoo IM.
     
  15. FlyParrotHead macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    iSight are pretty good quality, around $200 for a brand new, sealed in box on eBay.
     
  17. stockcerts macrumors 65816

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    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!
     
  18. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    They might work, but with limited functionality. You can try using macam or iUSBCam to get unsupported camera to work with OS X
     
  19. FlyParrotHead macrumors newbie

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    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.
     

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