: Alternatives to iSight?


geekgirl87
Feb 6th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Hey all,

I'm still a newbie around here, but I just wanted to ask a question; I want to use a cam for my mack, but I'm trying to find an alternative to iSight; not because I don't want one, but for affordability purposes ( I am a university student afterall). I would really be able to video chat with my family and friends across the country, so I'll appreciate the input. Thanks!!

harzack86
Feb 6th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Logitech has a driver for Mac OS X, which works with the following USB models:
QuickCam Pro 4000
QuickCam Zoom
QuickCam For Notebooks Pro
QuickCam Orbit/SphereI've successfully used a Quickcam Pro 4000 and I guess you can find some for a good price.

Alternatively, you can find a free driver at "maccam" with a list of compatible webcams to chose from:
http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/cameras/index.php

Then, if you're using iChat, you'll have to purchase iChatUSBcam from Ecamm, well worth the US$10 IMO as it also let you adjust the settings of your image.
http://www.ecamm.com/mac/ichatusbcam/

Oh, and among a few thread about the same question, this one has the most answers:
https://www.ehmac.ca/showthread.php?t=47587

20DDan
Feb 6th, 2007, 08:28 PM
I've been looking for a while as you have for a webcam that doesnt break the bank. I just ran across this one today. It seems to be compatable with yahoo, msn, and iChat*. It uses USB 1.1 so it's good for the older model notebooks. Of course there are other more expensive options... Im sure you can find one like this on ebay for cheep. it's $39 USD.

http://www.macally.com/spec/usb/input_device/icecam.html


*iChat requires an additional software purchase unlike yahoo and msn which will automatically work.

*Also it says OS 9, OS 10.2, OS 10.3 but doesnt mention 10.4? Not sure if it'll work.

pdignard
Feb 7th, 2007, 12:03 AM
I just received an email on January 30th with the new version (I'm a registered user) of iChatUSBCam. It's a software that lets you use any USB cam with iChat instead of a "firewire" cam as recommended by iChat.

Check the web site and it will give you more info.

http://www.ecamm.com/mac/

Calgary Guru
Feb 7th, 2007, 05:48 AM
Several things aren't quite right with some of the previous posts...

First of all, for many USB web cams, you need TWO things for use in iChat... One is the iChatUSBcam file that they all need.

However, you also need the maccam driver as well...

BUT, NOT FOR ALL WEBCAMS!

Some newer ones have been released that comply with the USB VIDEO CLASS standard (which is how the bundled iSight camera in new macs work). This includes web cams such as the LOGITECH QuickCam Pro 5000 which I recently purchased. The info. I posted onto Macintouch has generated a good thread. You might want to go check it out:

http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/isight/topic4410.html#jan31

The most helpful information is a web site that lists which cameras need the maccam driver and which ones are UVC class and so are functional with the Apple driver that came starting with OS X 10.4.3...

Look for cameras that are UVC class:

http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/cameras/index.php

There 'ya go!

geekgirl87
Feb 7th, 2007, 01:45 PM
Thanks guys, I really appreciate all the help! I think I can be video chatting in no time now :) All the links were great!

flambe
Oct 10th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Hi all, so having done my research and searched the forum, here goes...

I have an iMac with iSight, I also have a Logitech QuickCam For Notebooks Pro. It works when i plug it in, BUT I can't get it to default to it when using Yahoo. I can only use the iSight cam, and the image size is pitiful.

Any thoughts?

Thanks all.

ahMEmon
Oct 10th, 2007, 05:22 PM
How come no-one has mention the XBox Live vision webcam? It's USB 2.0, has a device native resolution of 1024 x 768 and works beautifully with iChat, Skype, Yahoo Messenger and others provided you are running OSX 10.4.9 and above....

hoopcat
Oct 11th, 2007, 02:00 PM
I've got a G5 powermac and I know it is a little funny about they way it handles sound - for example you can't use any old microphone and plug it in and expect it to work - it must be a "line level" mic. So my question is whether any of these 'not officially Mac friendly' webcams (i.e. Logitech or Xbox) work well at picking up voice, or do you all have a second microphone solution?

flambe
Oct 11th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Hi all, so having done my research and searched the forum, here goes...

I have an iMac with iSight, I also have a Logitech QuickCam For Notebooks Pro. It works when i plug it in, BUT I can't get it to default to it when using Yahoo. I can only use the iSight cam, and the image size is pitiful.

Any thoughts?

Thanks all.

bumpety bump
:D

mguertin
Oct 11th, 2007, 07:59 PM
The Quickcam for Notesbooks Pro are not all created equal either. Some work fine with OSX, some don't (earlier ones have issues -- I have one of these that I managed to mac sort of work with the mac cam driver).

I don't know of any webcams with built in mics that work in OSX offhand (the cams may work but I've not yet seen any mics work). Do the person on the other side of the connection a favour though and get a semi-decent mic. Those built in webcam mics are horrible to listen to for any length of time.