Will microsoft or logitech webcams work on a mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by stagmeister, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. stagmeister macrumors regular

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    I need to get a webcam for my powerbook g4. I've been looking for a webcam which will work with my computer, since if I order it online I don't want to have to deal with shipping it back for returns. Unfortunately, most webcams don't explicitly support Mac OS... what should I do?

    Thanks!
    Jason
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    if it has a Mac OSX driver than it will work, but just get an isight cam from apple to be safe
     
  3. stagmeister thread starter macrumors regular

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    How can I know if it has a mac os driver?

    Thanks!
     
  4. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    If it doesn't say on the company's website, then there's a good chance it doesn't.

    Do some research on the specific products you're looking at and see if they have been noted to be compatible.

    I would personally buy an iSight for:

    1) It works natively

    2) It has superior video and sound quality opposed to many other computer oriented cameras

    3) It looks the goods, too ;) (but isn't the primary deciding factor)

    If you can find one for under $150 (original selling price), then I would say jump on it! I would not spend over $150 on one, especially a used one considering buying one used is about the only way to obtain one now. Apple has discontinued the production of the iSights, for now ;)

    I wonder if they'll ever bring an external camera like that out again, it was certainly a great product.

    Peace
     
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Or, you could just check out the Macam website. Their drivers support all kinds of webcams.

    The iSight picture does look fantastic but it's price isn't great.
     
  6. slu macrumors 68000

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    Apple no longer sells iSight in the US. And they are going for way too much on eBay. There are plenty of 3rd Party USB cams that work in Mac OS X.
     
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Unfortunately if you want it to work with iChat AV you'll have to try iChatUSBCam ($9.99) as macam doesn't work with it.
     
  8. slu macrumors 68000

    slu

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    This is no longer correct.

    From this thread on the apple discussion boards:

    So it appears that as long as your webcam is a UVC webcam, you should be able to plug and play. And there are apparently several Logitech webcams (among others) that are UVC cams.
     
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Just a few months ago, Apple sold Logitech webcams in the Apple Store. Those devices are not going to suddenly stop working. I bought a Logitech webcam about a month ago. Despite the fact that it does not list Mac-compatibility, it works just fine out of the box.

    If you buy an off-brand model, then you may have to install macam. My brother required this driver for his Wal-Mart special.
     
  10. DocMacPS macrumors newbie

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    Mac-Logitech Mac-Xbox webcams

    This page: http://mac-compatible-web-cam.com/ lists 'These Just Work' webcams based on the UVC USB 2.0 standard. Note only TWO of the Far-Too-Many cams Logitech makes are known to have been made with a single part number that is clearly UVC compliant, most others it's a geeks gamble cross referencing sensor part number charts and fiddling with drivers. Both the 9000 and Ultra Vision (which Apple Stores carry) are UVC, very high quality, high resolution, and high priced. But ya get what ya pay for: It just works hassle free plug and play Mac webcams. Xbox cam from MS seems to be well liked across all the webcam forums I've been in: reasonable quality, Mac compatible and far more affordable.
     

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