Help: Looking for High Quality Webcam for Video Blogging

This is sad. Apple’s iSight has been discontinued in North America. There is talk that Apple will replace it with a wireless webcam and many others say that Apple will simply bundle the iSight with all its displays. This last conjecture is just silly. I do not want all my webcams to be tied with my monitors!

Some have pointed out that Unibrain has nice alternative, but they seem to also have discontinued it.

Here is what I am looking for:

  • high quality images with excellent white balance and colors, possibly with builtin light (the external iSight had this option);
  • high quality sound;
  • compatible with Mac;
  • under $1000.

My goal is to produce good quality video blogging, produce videos to promote my research, do videoconferencing, and do some some (voice) podcasting.

I could buy a camcorder, but I want something that is integrated with my computer so I do not have to upload videos to the machine and do lots of manipulation. I also want top notch sound quality.

Any advice?

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

2 thoughts on “Help: Looking for High Quality Webcam for Video Blogging”

  1. Hi Daniel,
    Fire-i camera has not been discontinued, it is just temporarily out of stock.
    That is because of excessive demand from Apple users (because of iSight being discontinue since September, in Europe especially).

    Our sales will re-launch by mid to end February and we will introduce some minor improvements in packaging, the lens system etc.

    Still no built-in sound though as this was a proprietary technology from Apple and we want our camera to comply with the IIDC (as it is called) standard for firewire cameras.

    Kind Regards,
    Theo Sosonis
    Unibrain, Inc.
    One Annabel Ln, Suite 109
    94583 – San Ramon /CA.

  2. Hi Daniel,

    im not writing about a camera, but i thought you might be interested in our website.

    Once your webcam connected, you can instantly record and publish video and audio.

    We are working on making the video quality better, but otherwise, there is no software to install, no video to upload. Less than 5 clicks 😉

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