PDA

View Full Version : [Mega-merge] Webcam other than the iSight



Amzy
23rd May 2005, 04:39 PM
Hi Guyz,
I need a webcam for my powerbook G4. The question i want to ask is:
Do i have to use Apple's iSight(bloody expensive) or can i use any other webacm and if yes can u suggest any perticular webcam.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

amzy

hawker
23rd May 2005, 05:03 PM
You can just about use any USB or FireWire webcam, I cannot however direct you to one, but someone on here can probably help !

luke_in_tas
23rd May 2005, 05:06 PM
Although Apple's iSight cameras are expensive compared to some USB models, they are pretty hard to beat for quality and features. I have no regrets at all about spending the extra money to get one.

Disko
23rd May 2005, 05:12 PM
I've only ever tried one - an intel one, and it didn't work.

mvjs
23rd May 2005, 05:26 PM
I like the Logitech Quickcam Orbit

Chesty
23rd May 2005, 05:46 PM
luke_in_tas is right

aswitcher
23rd May 2005, 09:00 PM
If your not in a hurry hang off until WWDC to see if new isights appear

DJY
23rd May 2005, 09:09 PM
Until I got my PB I never had a webcam - and didn't think I'd use it.
Once I got my PB though and saw iChat - I knew I wanted one.

I did my homework, and sure there is a huge market out there...
but now I have my PB I'm very fussy about what I attach to it...

iSight has good features, good build quality, oh yeah and it looks great!
Most of the webcams I saw didn't look good - especially as I wanted it to look good like my PB.

El Guardo
23rd May 2005, 09:47 PM
I'd also like to add some support for the iSight as it leaves the other webcams for dead in terms of quality. The reasons?

It works flawlessly with everything Apple (iSight, QTime, etc...),
It records in stereo sound,
It has a much, much better lens element than other webcams, and
It uses a Firewire connection.

The latter is important because USB connected webcams (software) compress the video feed prior to sending which explains why they usually offer washed out pictures that invariably suffer from painfully noticeable lags. If you are looking at a webcam, 'you get what you pay for' couldn't be more true. Hold out to WWDC if need be and go from there - you won't be disappointed.

123
23rd May 2005, 09:59 PM
since some msn clients are starting to implement video chat i'm now starting to think about getting an isight, it all seemed a bit pointless before when i only really had one or two aim contacts. just as soon as adium gets video chat i think i'll be sold.

isights should get an update or a price drop sometime sooner or later right?

El Guardo
24th May 2005, 07:49 PM
Not necessarily. Have a look at rumour sites like ThinkSecret or AppleInsider to see if there is any news. If not, and if nothing is announced at WWDC, then don't expect anything for a while.

Quamen
24th May 2005, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by 123@May 23 2005, 09:59 PM
since some msn clients are starting to implement video chat i'm now starting to think about getting an isight, it all seemed a bit pointless before when i only really had one or two aim contacts. just as soon as adium gets video chat i think i'll be sold.

isights should get an update or a price drop sometime sooner or later right?
Yea if Adium got video support that would be great. But until then I have no need for a webcam.

scritch
24th May 2005, 08:11 PM
What about the iSweet?

http://www.harmonicinversion.com/cs/index.html

Not sure if you can get them locally though.

Regards,
Shane.

gene
16th June 2005, 06:58 PM
hey guys, do all webcams work with mac? my logitech webcam express doesnt seem to function with iChat..

just wondering if theres a way to set it up or anything.

thanks!

gene

gaehl
16th June 2005, 08:41 PM
gene no not all webcams work with the OS X they need a device driver to work (lots of drivers are included for various devices in OS X). If you know what model your Logitech webcam is there maybe a driver on Logitechs website (http://www.logitech.com). Alternatively I believe there was a third party shareware usb webcam driver floating around but I don't remember what its called.

soul assasin
16th June 2005, 10:57 PM
iChatUSBCam (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20203) might help.

gene
17th June 2005, 12:46 AM
Thanks for the info gaehl and soul assasin! will check out the sites and report back to see if my mission is accomplished

vampire
21st July 2006, 11:35 PM
Does anyone know of any web cams, besides iSight, that I can use with my Apple Powerbook?

Byrd
21st July 2006, 11:43 PM
The IOXperts (http://www.ioxperts.com/dcam.html) Webcam driver supports many generic PC USB webcams. Looks like the trial software allows you to use the webcam for 30 minutes, it costs $20 US to purchase.

JB

vampire
21st July 2006, 11:46 PM
I have a logitech web cam that I use with my pc, am I able to use IOXperts with that?

Byrd
21st July 2006, 11:48 PM
Looks like you can ... (http://www.ioxperts.com/devices/webcam.html)


Logitech
- QuickCam for Notebooks Pro (not QuickCam for Notebooks)
- QuickCam Pro (dark focus ring)
- QuickCam Pro 3000
- QuickCam Pro 4000
- QuickCam Zoom[/b]

Even if it's not one of them, still try yours out.

JB

omelette
22nd July 2006, 12:35 AM
I've got a USB logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro and have tried both the IOXperts and MacamUSB drivers to no avail. The only programme I've managed to get the webcam working with is OHPhone. Go for firewire if you can.

edit=typo

vampire
22nd July 2006, 12:42 AM
I tried the logitech drivers but all I see is a black screen

mac_man_luke
22nd July 2006, 01:40 AM
Try adjusting the settings, that normally fixes it

iJosh
22nd July 2006, 01:31 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(vampire &#064; Jul 21 2006, 11&#58;35 PM) 197316</div>

Does anyone know of any web cams, besides iSight, that I can use with my Apple Powerbook?
[/b]


i have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 that works on my ibook and my imac really well (also works with aMSN, Photo Booth etc.)

Its a really good camera

mvjs
22nd July 2006, 01:36 PM
I have the motorized face tracking QuickCam Orbit, which is great&#33;

vampire
22nd July 2006, 06:28 PM
I tried adjusting the settings but still no luck

omelette
26th July 2006, 12:01 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(omelette &#064; Jul 22 2006, 12&#58;35 AM) 197337</div>

I&#39;ve got a USB logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro and have tried both the IOXperts and MacamUSB drivers to no avail. The only programme I&#39;ve managed to get the webcam working with is OHPhone. Go for firewire if you can.[/b]
I just tried the skype 1.5.0.47 beta (http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/videopreview.html) with the 0.8.7 maccam (http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/) driver and it works (even though the maccam website (http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/cameras/index.php) still states that my web cam is not supported by the maccam drivers)&#33; Finally there is a easy-to-use cross-platform solution with a logitech USB webcam. :thumbup:

Kaptainkemp
18th January 2007, 01:52 AM
Is this possible...I seem to be having problems...help!
thanks

ClockWork
18th January 2007, 04:44 AM
Fast impulsive purchase, was it ?

Yes - Logitech's Quick Cam isn't exactly Mac compatible - yet that doesn't mean it's impossible.

Suggest you take a look at IOXWebcamX (http://www.ioxperts.com/products/webcam.html) - a USB Web Cam Driver for Mac OS X.

IOXWebcamX supports the following USB Logitech Quick Cams:



QuickCam for Notebooks Pro
QuickCam Orbit
QuickCam Orbit MP
QuickCam Pro (dark focus ring)
QuickCam Pro 3000
QuickCam Pro 4000
QuickCam Pro 5000
QuickCam Zoom
QuickCam Fusion
QuickCam Sphere



IOXWebcamX does not support: QuickCam for Notebooks.

Check the full name of your Quick Cam.

IOXWebcamX is compitable with following Videoconferencing Applications:



iChat AV
iSpQ VideoChat
ohphoneX
VChat
WebCamNow
Yahoo! Messenger



Yet it does not appear to support Skype.

Download IOXWebcamX Mac Driver from here (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/6597) - yet do not make purchase of it until you've tested the Trial Version, which allows you 30 minutes of videoconferencing time before it deactivates, at which point you only need to unplug the Quick Cam from your Apple computer, and plug it back in.

Afterall, you want to make real sure it works first, before shelling out $US19.95 / $AU25.37.

Cheers and welcome to the MTAU Forums,

ClockWork

Flinders1231
18th January 2007, 04:56 AM
This topic has been discussed a few days back.

Open source driver macam should enable your Webcam to work on most applications including Skype. See http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/

You cannot use iChat because this requires addition software. A option is iChatUSBcam see http://www.ecamm.com/mac/ichatusbcam/ ...there is demo download & cost is USA $9.95 so cheap to make your otherwise useless Webcam useful.

Currawong
18th January 2007, 11:01 AM
Indeed it has! I found the two previous threads on this topic and have merged it all into one.