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A friend of mine asked me if had a spare iSight camera to sell him. He was looking to setup iChat but was alarmed at what iSight cameras are fetching these days ($200+). That got us both on the hunt for a suitable alternative. Unfortunately, none of them match the elegance of the iSight design, but there are at least are some choices which will work. This page gives a pretty good description of all the options: Apple Mac Web Cam Video Chat Camera Site


He wound up buying the Logitech Ultra Vision SE and it worked fine in iChat right out of the box.

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Comment by Ken on March 9, 2008 at 6:19pm
I used to use a StealthFire for a long time. It worked so well for a year before I accidently broke it that I bought a second one. I sent it into eBay ether after I got a new iMac. For some reason all the firewire webcam guides for OS Xdon't list this one.

It always worked great. Just plugged it in and it was ready to go.
Comment by Ken on March 9, 2008 at 6:19pm
Link! - http://store.globalmedia.com/page/GD/PROD/GM051395
Comment by James on March 18, 2008 at 8:40am
Just when you think nobody bothers to make a webcam specifically for older Macs without them, I find this:

http://retromaccast.ning.com/photo/photo/show?id=1672786%3APhoto%3A16838
Comment by GreginChicagoland on March 21, 2008 at 12:55pm
Of course there is always Macam:USB webcam support for OSX. http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/ I got it to get my old Logitech Quickcam Messenger from '02 to work (albeit camera function only, no audio). It adds an application and a plug in for quicktime, unless i'm mistaken). I originally used it with a PC, but it said it would work also on Mac's (10.2 support). I found though the included software for Mac's did nothing under 10.2, or 10.3 for that matter. Maccam is ok, but it would be nice to see cheaper alternatives for webcams again.
Comment by connectionfailure on March 23, 2008 at 5:46am
Wasn't the original QuickCam, when it was by Connectix, a DIN-8 serial device?

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