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Topic # 30450 9-Feb-2009 08:55
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Hi there Can anyone recommend an affordable webcam that is Mac-compatible?

I’ve read enough for it to be clear that many models simply don’t have Mac drivers, and a number state they aren’t Mac-compatible. An old post to this forum reflects this: 

I note that Genius claim much of their range to be Mac-friendly, but the system requirements they provide on their website for all of these is for a 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo processor, which seems a bit unnecessarily stonking for a mere webcam (especially when it says as an alternative they’ll work with a 1.07 GHz Power PC G4!). 

I’ve bought a 1.83 GHz Mac Mini, which doesn’t meet these specs, but do you think they’ve simply made a mistake with the specs? Has anyone had experience with a Genius webcam on a Mac slower than 2.33GHZ? 

Anyway, any advice on any brand of suitable and affordable webcam will be greatly received – would be needing to spend <$100. 


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  Reply # 194862 9-Feb-2009 10:48
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The Xbox360 camera works quite well out of the box, doesn't have a microphone though.

Most other webcams will work in conjunction with the "Macam" driver. I've got the "Playstation Eye" (PS3 Camera) and that works well with this driver and has a stereo microphone built in.

Check out the site at for a list of compatible devices.

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  Reply # 194918 9-Feb-2009 16:14
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As an alternative if you have a video camera with firewire, you can use that and the quality will be a lot better

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