720p HD Webcams For Apple Video Capture and Chat
With Apple computers having Dual and even Quad-Core processors well above 2Ghz+ in modern Intel Macs these days, the horsepower needed to handle smooth, high-quality HD video chat and video capture at high frame rates has arrived. Intel Mac compatible HD webcams supporting 2MP and higher resolution sensors ideally need 2Ghz+ processors for smooth frame-rates at such a high resolution.
Be aware many older webcam applications for Mac don't support resolutions above 640x40 at 3:4 aspect ratios. So make sure you update your video clip capture and online chat programs to the latest version for better HD support. On a techncial level, product marketing tells us any 2MP sensor webcam is 'HD', but the reality is the emerging line of webcams with TRUE Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios, 720p and 1080p ultra HD resolution simply aren't supported by all Apple Mac video chat and capture applications yet. Some haven't been updated to sense or support higher resolution modes and different aspect ratios.
USB 2.0 720p Webcams For Fast Intel MacsApple compatible web cameras are easier - but still tricky to identify: Not all webcams conform to the UVC - USB Video Class standard which is CRITICAL for driverless OSX web cam compatibility. These do:
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|AutoFocus 720 HD Camera
Optical Lens + Stereo Mic
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For OSX 10.5+
Good Light Management
These webcams only work with USB 2.0 speed ports. Under OSX Leopard, Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite; these provide 'just plug it in' compatibility with Skype For OSX, Apple Messages, iChat AV, PhotoBooth, QuickTime video capture, ISPQ, Flash web video chat, and others chat programs for Mac OSX.