6 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2008 4:59 AM by hagizbasher
Uli Baltes Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
Hi,

I need some advise as to which web cam people are using outside of the built in options for iMac and the Macbook/Macbook Pro.

I have a 2007 MP and a 23" Cinema Display, and would like to use a web cam with built in microphone (if possible) to work with Skype. For now I use my MBP for video chat/conferencing. However, I would like to use as well the Mac Pro. I am not prepared to pay these outrageous amounts for the original iSight you find on Amazon or Ebay. I am rather looking for a stylish option from a third party vendor.

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Uli

8-core MP(2007), ATI1900XT, 5GB, 1.25TB, BT, AP, 2x16DL DVD, 23"CD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 15" MBP, iPhone (8GB), iPod (60GB-5G), iPod nano (4GB-2G)
  • Lars Uffmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I got the Logitech QuickCam® Pro 9000

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/webcams/devices/3056

    It works out of the box with all Mac OS X apps (Photobooth, iChat, Quicktime) and Skype of course.

    The mic is ok too.

    I'll post a Link to a product review (sorry, german only) They did test recent webcams for OS X usablility.

    http://www.cyberbloc.de/index.php?/site/v3comments/produkttest_logitech_quickcam_communicate_stx_und_pro_9000_unter_mac_osx/
  • jwsplcr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi all...i got the Logitech Quickcam ultravision for Mac specifically ....says so on the box when you get it but only found this to be available at the Apple Store....not even at Logitech site....I have a new 2008 Mac Pro and 2 23 inch apple displays but no way to do ichat as set up sooo searched long and hard for a webcam and read about this one ...it works fantastic and does even work with photo booth and ichat real well....Makes for a great low light webcam too.....The buttons on the side of the camera do not work but all else works just fine....Plug and play and a great setup .....here is the apple link for it.....
    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=4B9 0A855&nplm=TQ594LL/A
    Hope this helps, it sure solved my problem......and in doing the research i found no one out there that really talked that positive about any cam let alone this one and it is weird that the only place i could find this is at the apple store, that is one specific for mac....it even says so on the box you get it in....
    Good Luck
    jwsplcr2@mac.com
    MacPro2008...3.2 ghz, 12 gig ram, 2 1tb hds ...and love it
  • SimplyMac Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    Uli,

    I am using the Agent V3 2.0MP CCD webcam.

    http://agent.liquiddigital.com.au/index.htm

    $100 new on eBay.

    Excellent video quality. 30fps @ 1280x1024. Glass lens. Although as with the iSight, manual controls are lacking and needs good lighting to keep up a steady 30fps. Although it has great light compensation in darker situations, frame rate does suffer. Built in mic is not as good as the iSight.

    My brother uses an original iSight which is very dark unless the sun itself is in the room, but tells me that "you'd never know it was anything other than 12:00 noon at your place" with this webcam.
  • g5jedi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, the QuickCam Pro 9000 "works" but just barely. The autofocus does not work and for many (including myself) the resolution is stuck on 1600x1200 at 5 frames per second. This is not usable. True, the picture looks bright and clear but that's about the only good thing I can say about it. I am returning it to Fry's and I have already ordered a QuickCam Ultravision on the way from Amazon. They are identical to the one sold at the Apple Store, just no apple branding. I've read that this one works well. It's sad that Logitech does not offer Mac drivers for their webcams. Every Mac user who buys one should request them at the Logitech support site.
  • Uli Baltes Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)
    Thanks all.

    Uli
  • hagizbasher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi

    Interested to read that your quickcam pro 9000 works. I have had mine now for about 2 months and cannot get it to work?....is there a driver you need to get it going, i have searched high and low for one but unable to find one to get it going, in the meantime im having to resort to using windows with the pro 9000 if i want to have any webcam conversations with anyone.

    Any info or relevent info gratefully appreciated

    Cheers