Choosing the right camera can be confusing. Consider these factors:
There are many Mac compatible cameras to choose from. Before purchasing
a new camera, you should check that it is advertised as being compatible
with Mac OS X. If you're not sure, you can contact the manufacturer.
For older cameras, check our known
configurations table to see what our users have reported.
UVC (USB Video Class) is an open standard for video devices, which is supported by some modern webcams. As of Mac OS X 10.4.9, cameras that are UVC compliant do not require the iUSBCam plugin for iChat compatiblity. They will just work.
Although many of the cameras listed below will work with a Mac, not all manufacturers have official Mac support. This means that it may not be easy to seek techincal support from the manufacturer.
Be aware that you get what you pay for. In other words, the more expensive the camera, the better the image quality and frame rate will be. If you don't need high image quality, then a lower cost camera is right for you. If you want a very clear image with a high frame rate, then a more expensive camera will be required.
Known Working Configurations
The following table keeps track of reports of success with USB cameras/drivers. If your configuration isn't on this list, it doesn't mean it won't work for you, just that it hasn't been reported to us yet.
NOTE: Configurations listed here are based on reports from customers and have not necessarily been verified by Ecamm Network.
Requires USB 2.0 support. iUSBCam is not required for Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher. Use iMage Plugin instead.
* L'Espion users have reported success using the following procedure
gets their L'Espion to work in iChat: 1) Open macam
application. 2) Plug in camera. 3) Quit macam
application. 4) Open iChat.
*** The microphone on the QuickCam Messenger camera shows up as an audio
source but is not functional on the Mac.
If you have a working USB configuration not listed here, then send
us a note.
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