How to Choose a Mac Compatible Webcam For Your Apple Mac Mini Or Pro Computer
Video chat on an Apple Macintosh computer with friends and family has never been easier. Thanks to bundled Mac OSX applications like iChat and PhotoBooth, and many Apple computers shipping with a built-in iSight web camera, getting started with online chat is easy.
However, not all Macintosh computers include a built-in webcam or microphone. Models such as the Mac mini and Mac Pro tower desktop systems leave it up to you to hunt down a Mac compatible video and voice solution. Most, but not all webcams include a built-in mic. Choosing one that has both solves two computer needs with one purchase.
Thanks to an emerging web camera standard – UVC – USB 2.0 Video Class cams are the best Mac webcam choice. These driverless web cams let you add an external camera to your Macintosh without having to install any software or drivers at all. UVC drivers for Mac are built into Apple’s OS X Tiger and Leopard operating system for instant plug and play compatibility. However, not all webcams conform to the UVC standard. Careful product selection is still needed. While some webcam manufacturers will indicate USB Video Class compliance on the product packaging, many don’t.