Thread: Cheap, mac compatible webcam
05-28-2006, 05:16 PM #1tafikaGuestCheap, mac compatible webcam
I'm looking for a webcam for my mac.
The only thing that I can find from my search is iSight. And I'm sorry, but there is no way that I am spending that kind of money on a webcam.
I'm wondering, are there actually any webcams available that are affordable and mac compatible? Or, am I wasting my time looking?
If there are some... PLEASE point me in the right direction. Please?
05-28-2006, 05:54 PM #2Originally Posted by tafika
05-28-2006, 06:00 PM #3tafikaGuest
Thank you very much. I will look into those.
You say you use your webcam with other messengers? Which messengers do you use?
Because I would prefer to use MSN (microsoft messenger) for this, but from what I can see I can only use iChat out of the 3 messaging programs I have (iChat, MSN, Yahoo)
Is there any way to use a web cam with MSN? If there is, it's doing a very good job of hiding from me.
Thanks for your help.
05-29-2006, 02:51 AM #4Originally Posted by tafika
07-11-2008, 03:56 AM #5Best low-cost Mac webcams
Microsoft's xBox Cam is a good USB 2.0 webcam choice, it's UVC compatible and JUST WORKS on OSX 10.4 and up without having to install any drivers. Has a good quality image at the bargain end of the price range listed at: http://www.mac-compatible-web-cam.com/ - only about $30
09-20-2008, 11:17 AM #6Cheap Cruddy USB 2.0 Mac Webcams
Since my last post, I've tried and tested out some more cheap UVC complaint webcams - and god most of them below $30 totally SUCK. Boatloads of 'driver-less' supposedly Mac compatible webcams are arriving from overseas and those I've tried are problematic in one way or another: Lousy lenses, poor low-light sensitivity, awful color balance (especially in low-light), some claim to be USB 2.0 compatible, but the sensors are actually USB 1.1 so they have sluggish frame rates. And tho most work in most QuickTime apps: under Leopard, iChatAV or PhotoBooth will refuse to display anything at USB 1.1 speeds.
'Ya get what you pay for' means alot of disappointment and grief at the low end. MacAlly's latest IceCam2 has proven to be the ABSOLUTELY WORST fully Mac compatible cheapo cam I've tested; it's got both horrible image and color 'quality' and an awful, just NASTY sounding built-in microphone. It's worth paying up: Any web camera I tried in the $60 and up range proved superior across the board and worth the extra $$.
09-20-2008, 03:29 PM #7
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Note that you'll need a separate mic, the 360 cam is just a cam, nothing more. I used some velcro to attach it to my LCD monitor.Mac Sites - down for reconstruction
07-18-2009, 10:36 PM #8
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07-18-2009, 11:31 PM #9
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So the short answer is - thats why the iSight camera is more expensive. For a start it is Firewire and iChat's use of ports just means better quality even with 128 upload speeds. Ya pays your money and takes ya chance.
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