Sunday, December 09, 2007

Webcams for mac's

I bought a mac mini and wanted to use a webcam for it; but came to find out how few there really are. So this is what I found out.
First Apple stopped making any for their mac's as most imac's and notebooks already have them built in-except the mac mini and macpro.
Good info from Macintouch reader reports.
MacinTouch
The image usb webcam is probably the most compatible other than the original isight from apple; problem is it gets a bad review from arstechnica.
Arstechnica
Here's image website if your interested. www.ecamm.com
Here is another I found; have no review thou.
TerraCam X2
Next, I called logitech and creative and found out they have webcams that work; but not with all mac applications-photo booth. Problem is, they don't seem to really know. So apon further investigation, I found that the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 and the creative Live! cam optia AF both work with Mac's; but what apps again? I looked at Amazon reviews and found out one guy stating that the Logitech works with most mac apps-iChat, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, and Photo Booth. It doesn't work with iMovie.
Review of Logitech quickcam pro 9000, with it's carl zeiss optic.
Cnet's review of the pro 9000.
Logitech pro 9000
More on how the pro 9000 works with Mac specifically. Scroll to bottom of the page.
For Mac and OS X
cnet review
Creative's live! cam optia AF says mac compatible OS X v10.4.9 or higher.
Creative Optia
Again, Amazon reviews mixed; but says most mac apps work with the Optia.
So read the Mac reviews mixed in with Pc. You wont find any help from the two companies; makes you wonder about support?
Here is a review of the optia on cnet; the logitech comes out ahead!
cnet review
Next, here is a website called macam; has driver for most webcams with mixed results; here is the list.
Macam
You will find camera list; download software driver; and more.
Another one is iglasses: You will have to check which cams benefit from this software. iglasses
Some have mentioned the xbox 360 vision camera; you can get one on ebay. Quality is poor. Good luck, as I'm still looking. JonL

1 comment:

DocMacPS said...

Thanks to a growing standard: UVC "USB Video Class" there's a broader range of Mac compatible USB webcams to choose from. And that number is growing as more web cameras adopt the UVC standard. As long as your running (ideally) OSX 10.4.11 or 10.5.x no driver is needed.

Any QuickTime app will recognize the cameras, PhotoBooth now supports them. But for iMovie, you need to capture the webcam video with some other app - then import into iMovie.