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Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: estnyc
Date: June 06, 2009 10:38AM
I'd like to find a really cheap USB webcam for iChat, mostly. Extra points if it works with a PC (Yahoo Messenger, I guess). Cheap but not TOO awful.

Any recommendations? Or should I just go with a ten-dollar cheapie from meritline?
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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: June 06, 2009 10:58AM
No specific recommendation for you but you might find this link helpful

Apple Compatible Mac Web Cameras For Video Chat [www.mac-compatible-web-cam.com]



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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 06, 2009 01:47PM
Got a Hue HD webcam for my inlaws awhile back. About a year ago, they were selling them in pairs for like $25 at Woot. I missed the original sale, but got one off of eBay from someone who didn't.

Worked fine with the inlaw's PC. I believe it works fine with Macs, too. Comes with it's own gooseneck stand. Different colors.

EBay's got them for $15-20, with free ship.
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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: June 06, 2009 03:13PM
Any webcam that is Vista badged or UVC compatible should work fine if you're running 10.4.9 or later.

If you get such a webcam, no driver installation is required or even suggested.
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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: Black
Date: June 06, 2009 07:22PM
I bought a few cheap webcams to try to set up home security and was blown away by this one:
[www.amazon.com]

The picture is amazing and it's pretty much night-vision.

Can probably find it cheaper with a bit of searching.

Mac compatible via a free download of maccam beta.




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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: prof
Date: June 07, 2009 08:51AM
The Xbox Cam looks interesting but I can't find any specs that
say it has a mic for sound. Does it do audio too?/
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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: Black
Date: June 07, 2009 03:10PM
Comes with a headset. You're welcome to it :-)




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Re: Cheapo USB webcam recommendations?
Posted by: wickedsteve
Date: June 08, 2009 08:29AM
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Black
Comes with a headset. You're welcome to it :-)

The headset that is included with the xbox camera is not USB and will be useless. If you get the 360 camera it works fine on USB but you will also need a separate USB or Bluetooth mic.
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