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Old Jul 22nd, 2005, 08:28 PM   #1
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I want to get a webcam this weekend. I could afford the iSight ($165 + tax student price at UBC) but then I'm thinking if I could live with the much cheaper Macally IceCam ($39 + tax + $5USD for iChatUSB program). Advantage of the Macally is that I can still use it after I get the iSight eventually, it looks much more portable, the disadvantage is that its picture quality is only slightly better than my Logitech QuickCam Express which doesn't work on my iBook for some reason. Advantage of the iSight is that five years from now I'll still probably be happy with the picture quality of the iSight, of course unless if iSightHD comes out. Any thoughts? Get something cheap to use for now or might as well go all out with something I really want anyway? That was one thing I was excited about, chatting with my fiancee in Korea in a high quality video chat, although my processor does limit me to 176x120 @ 30fps.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2005, 09:32 PM   #2
 
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My advice is to go for the iSight. Great web cam (not that I have a huge amount of experience with them). It also comes with a clear tube to protect it on the road, though I concede it's surely not as portable as the ice cam.

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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:06 AM   #3
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My advice is to go for the iSight. Great web cam (not that I have a huge amount of experience with them). It also comes with a clear tube to protect it on the road, though I concede it's surely not as portable as the ice cam.
Ditto... the iSight is a fine piece of art.. and it comes with a very portable protective case to fit your needs on the road.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:16 AM   #4
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I would go with the iSight...even if something better comes out you can always sell it (although you will use some money---but you still got some use out of it, which is always worth something). If you already know you aren't going to be happy with the IceCam, it doesn't seem like a great idea to buy it (you're going to lose that $40).

If you were really looking forward to using iChat (as a main feature, perhaps?) then definately go with the iSight, it'll provide a much better experience.

If you were considering buying the IceCam and then eventually the iSight (IceCam for portability) you could try the iSight for awhile, and see if it is portable enough or not. From there, you could always decide whether or not you need the IceCam. Or buy both (from Futureshop or Best Buy) test them both, figure out which (or the combo of both) suits your needs, and return the unnecessary ones (its either 14 days or 30 days...not sure...but both stores are very liberal in their returns).
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:18 AM   #5
 
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Yes but after taxes also sports a near not-so-nifty 200 dollar price tag.

Honestly, do what feels best. If you think it's worth going out and spending a camera that costs 1/6 of your laptop then go right ahead. Personally, and this comes from a guy who just dished out over 4 G's for his setup, but I would go with the iceCam.

And it seems to me you just want a reason to blow money. I know, I get like that from time to time. Question is, how long will the fiance be out in Korea? If it's not for a while, then it maybe worth your while to consider it. But buy it for her so she comes out looking more clearly on your monitor vs. the other way around.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 12:55 AM   #6
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If you think it's worth going out and spending a camera that costs 1/6 of your laptop then go right ahead... I would go with the iceCam.
Another way of thinking of the cost: If your fiancee was in BC instead of Korea, how much would you spend on dates? The iSight is probably just a drop in the bucket in comparison....
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 04:38 AM   #7
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Oh I'm sure the iSight will still be in use well after she comes back (in 4 months), she's already using a DV camcorder as her webcam haha, other than the fact it turns off after two minutes of inactivity. We're probably getting around 240kbps of bandwidth each way between us, but because of our 1.2Ghz G4 we're still limited to the 176x120... still the video looks extremely smooth and there are rarely any artifacts. Overall I'm very pleased. We used MSN for the first few months she after she went back to Korea before she got rid of her PC to get the iBook, and now that i got the iBook too I don't regret it one bit, she'll know how I feel when I get my webcam (I'm going to the UBC computer store tomorrow) for some reason it just feels so much more interactive via iChat, it's not just a feature, it's an extension to communications. I don't know if it's going to matter whether I get a firewire based CCD or a USB based CMOS webcam due to limited CPU power but I have always had my eyes set on the iSight, because of the option of making high quality videos through iMovie right?
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 01:21 PM   #8
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Take the tape out of the Camera.. then it shouldn't go into sleep mode. iSight is definitely the way to go.. I couldn't be happier with mine.
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Take the tape out of the Camera.. then it shouldn't go into sleep mode. iSight is definitely the way to go.. I couldn't be happier with mine.
I took this advice about ejecting the tape on another thread and it works like a charm. No need for an isight now.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2005, 06:02 PM   #10
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Thanks for the taking the tape out of the DV camera tips people (she has a Sony), and yes I splurged, took the plunge, and got it.
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