Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac test

21 Jan

I tested the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro for Mac, and compared it with the built-in iSight camera. The Logitech web cam has some issues with freezing and not being recognized by Ustream, but you can get around that with CamTwist. Just set up a keyboard shortcut in CamTwist to select the Logitech web cam, and it resets when you reselect it as the video source.

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I did a second test, after I removed the Quicktime plugins Flip4Mac and Perian. It improved things, but with Quicktime Broadcaster I still got a frozen video image. Since the drivers are built into the web cam, and presumably can’t be upgraded, this is something you have to live with (the occasional freeze). Luckily, with CamTwist and preprogrammed keys, you can easily reset the web cam.

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So this is not a professional solution, a semi-professional solution at best. Connecting a Firewire mini-DV camcorder seems to be the best solution at this moment, although Firewire enabled mini-DV camcorders with web cam functionality are hard to find nowadays, at least under 500 euros. And let’s not forget that Apple is also slowly phasing out Firewire in its lineup of computers.

I paid 92 Euros, including shipping and VAT for this web cam, which is very reasonable if you compare it with what you’d have to pay for a mini-DV camcorder.

There is one caveat, though. I haven’t tested under Snow Leopard, and I’ve read reports that it also freezes under that OS.

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