by David Battino
Three days later (!) his photos, iTunes library, and Microsoft Office documents were on the Mac, but he couldn't figure out how to open them. I walked him through the "Import to Library" process in iTunes, and he immediately grasped that the importation process worked similarly in iPhoto. He then felt confident enough to set up Address Book and Mail on his own.
With that out of the way, I started thinking it would be great to set up videoconferencing in Skype or iChat. My brother's new iMac has a webcam built in, but my G5 tower didn't come with one. Any recommendations? I'd prefer a FireWire cam (maybe a used iSight?) because I have some free FireWire ports, but the USB Ecamm iMage and some Logitech models look interesting.
|You might find that used iSights have become collectors' items, and are appropriately highly-priced.|
iSweet is a firewire camera and works pretty well with Skype on iBook.
|With the 10.4.9 update, you can plug any USB Video-class camera in, and it should be fine. I looked around and settled on the xbox live vision camera. It's cheap (ish) and the quality is really great - when talking to friends over ichat, the quality is very close to the apple isight.|
|I'll second the motion for the Xbox Live Vision camera. It retails for only $39.99 and Amazon has it for $35.99 with free shipping. I've heard from many people that it works great. I will be picking one up myself soon. I'm giving my dual G4 tower to Mom and want to be able to video chat with her using my new MacBook Pro :-)|
|Kastus: Thanks for the tip. However, I noticed that Macworld gave the iSweet just two stars, complaining, “Image quality is inferior; reliability is suspect; mount doesn’t always hold camera still.”|
|I've only ever used iSights and I have been very happy with them. That said they are totally over priced, and hard to find. If you can track one down for around $75 or less, I'd say go for it, otherwise look elsewhere.|
|If you're into home movies, and you have a FireWire camcorder handy, give that a try. My Sony DCR-TRV11 works fine in iChat. I obviously wouldn't suggest spending that kind of $$$ *just* for a webcam, but if you have one anyway, why not make it do double duty?|
I also think pressing a home video camera into double duty is a good compromise. I use my mini-DV camera that way as well, mounted on a tripod and running directly off of the charger. I also use it when I'm on the road with my 12" PowerBook from free hotspots.
|I bought an iMage from Ecamm for my sister for christmas and it's great! Picture quality is as good as my iSight as far as I can tell and it works with iChat, iMovie, PhotoBooth etc. It hangs nicely on her iBook screen but she also uses the regular camera type of tripod screw hold in the bottom. There's no driver software to install. It worked right out of the box. Oh.. and Ecamm includes some other fun software too.|
|I bought an eCamm and I am not satisfied with the quality. Screen shows two dead pixels, image is very grainy when compared to my wife's isight built into her MacBook. Sending it back, considering the iSweet or X box cam.|
To test your webcam I can recommend this
Test my webcam