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Can I use any firewire camera?

2198 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 29, 2008 10:29 PM by EZ Jim RSS
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Can I use any firewire video camera or do I need to buy an iSight camera to use with my G4 Powerbook? I will have a Panasonic HVX200 with me for an upcoming trip and would like to use it rather than buy an iSight camera.
g whizz, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2008 10:29 PM (in response to hennbot)
    Hello hennbot

    You can use any Mac-compatible Firewire video camcorder with your G4 PowerBook. The Panasonic HVX200 you mention appears to claim Mac compatibility, but the best way to be certain that a given camera will do what you want it to connect it's Firewire interface to your Mac and give it a try with the software you want to use.

    What you can do with your Mac and the Firewire-connected camera depends on the applications you use with it.

    If you consider buying a webcam for use with your PowerBook, be aware that Apple no longer sells the external (Firewire) iSight. (The built-in iSights on current Macs are USB cams that cannot be moved to another Mac.) Click here for a post that gives info on some available alternatives for those of us whose Macs do not have built-in iSights. You must run Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to use the UVC cams mentioned in that post without adding additional software. If your posted Mac OS X (10.4.3) system info is correct, you should consider updating to the latest version of Tiger anyway. You can do the update in one step with the Mac OS X 10.4.11 Combo Update (PPC).

    EZ Jim

    PowerBook 1.67 GHz w/Mac OS X (10.4.11) G5 DP 1.8 w/Mac OS X (10.5.1)  External iSight


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