It was discussed quite a bit when they first came out, but I had no use for it then. I'm considering a webcam now because I actually have a couple people in my family that would love to do this (get to see nieces and nephews, etc.).<br><br>Anyway, is the iSight worth the money, seems other firewire cams are cheaper. Any experiences would be helpful. I'll probably try ebay, I don't care if its new.<br><br><br>
Got a friend back in CA that has an iSight. She recommended that i hook one up too so we could vid-chat. However, I found that my Panasonic DV cam hooked up to the firewire cable will allow me to use the video chat through iChat. I was so excited to see it working the first time. So, if you already have a DV camcorder, you can at least experiment first. <br><br>PS: the only drawback of using the camcorder is that it shuts off after a few minutes of inactivity to save batteries (so I have to flick the zoom in/out toggle once and a while to make sure the link between the Mac and the camera stays active).<br><br>
I have one, and my youngest daughter has one in Florida, so we can maintain daily face-time. The image quality is excellent, and it couln't be easier to use. Go for it!<br><br>[color:red]It's time to give America back. [color:blue]To us, you peons![color:blue][color:red]<br>
generally those few bucks are nothing to get the original apple accessory and you get the coolness factor besides the fact that it will surely be supported in the future.<br><br>i don't regret i went with Airport, although it was more expensive than similar wi-fi.<br><br>
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Whether or not the iSight is "worth the money" is very subjective. While alternatives abound, nothing is easier to set up and operate - especially in conjunction with iChatAV.<br><br>Just be forewarned that many users have experienced odd behaviour of external Firewire drives while the iSight is connected. If you have an external FW drive, disconnect the iSight before moving data to and from the drives(s). This should ensure you won't suffer the problems others have had. Alternatively, some users have reported replacing the Apple supplied iSight FW cable with one of better shielding "fixes" the problem.<br><br>
I've been using my Sony DV cam and video chatting with family over seas. Regardless of the brand, the money is worth it. It's great to see family so easily! I can tell you that I am not all that impressed with the resolution of Logitech's cams. The picture is awfully distorted. <br><br><br><br>
"the only drawback of using the camcorder is that it shuts off after a few minutes of inactivity to save batteries "<br><br>.....I worked around this by making sure a tape was not in the camcorder. With the tape deck empty (at least in my Sony), it overrides the battery saver shut off.<br><br>
Thanks a lot everyone. <br><br>Yes, I have a sony camcorder that I've been using, but its not a very viable long term option. First, its unwieldy, I have to rig some way to get pointed in the right direction each time I want to use it. It also needs to be plugged in for any extended use, and the auto shutoff is a pain. <br><br>Most importantly though, the audio does not work through the camcorder. I'm using it with a powermac, so no built-in microphone and the camcorder audio doesn't seem to work with iChat. I've got a cheap, unpowered external microphone that I can use with Griffin's iMic, but that only works on my end, for whatever reason the person on the other end cannot hear my voice.<br><br>As you can see, I should just get a webcam, it would be so much easier. I think I'll get the iSight. Thanks! <br><br>Oh, and thanks for the heads up about the firewire drive problems, that does worry me a bit. I wonder if that only happens when they are daisy-chained rather than plugged into separate ports??<br><br><br>
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