Would someone be able to tell me if the popular webcams that are available at Futureshop or Bestbuy etc. will work with a Mac? I shall not be using iChat, I shall be using Skype and Yahoo Messenger
I cannot afford to buy an iSight, hence this cheapening out. However, just out of curiosity, would an iSight work on Skype or Yahoo Messenger etc.? Also, would an iSight work on a Windows PC too or is it only for a Mac?
If it were me, I'd buy a used iSight before anything else. The QuickCam Messenger works quite well, relatively speaking, for the price, but anything by Logitech is that middle-of-the-road stuff that they're famous for. It'll work fine, just not amazingly.
The iSight works with everything, Yahoo included. I've used the iSight on a Windows machine and it picks up with no problems and no driver download, without the audio. I have not discovered any way to make the microphone on it work on the PC but someone else may have an answer for you on this one, since I didn't really try very hard.
Hope that helps.
15" Macbook Pro i7, Mac Mini Server i7, iPhone 4S, iPad (3)
I have a Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000 (paid $70 almost 2 years ago). It is not natively supported by Logitech, but 3rd party drivers are available (http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/). The picture quality is quite a bit better than the Messenger and cheaper Logitech cams, but not as good as the iSight. You get what you pay for...
I can't tell you how many times people call in to Carbon, who have just bought a logitech cam for 40-70$ and will bring it back to Future shop becuase they expected it to be the same frame count and as clear as the iSight...
Remember for most web cams it is USB 1.1, the iSight is Firewire thus a large bandwidth to produce from.
I agree with the advice to buy the iSight, but it's a lot of money for what is essentially a toy for some (most?) people. Some of the higher end Logitech cams are 640x480 @ 30fps, so the picture should at least be comparable.
Well, the digital camera does get recognised by the Mac, iPhoto automatically opens, but it does not seem to work as a webcam though Guess I have no option but to shell out some money!
Re. iSight video not working in Windows, some people say it does, that only audio does not work, some say that nothing will work. Well, I just realised that I do not have a firewire port in my PC, so the question is moot anyway!