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Logitech Intros QuickCam Vision Pro Webcam for Mac
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Logitech Intros QuickCam Vision Pro Webcam for Mac Reply with quote

Logitech Intros QuickCam Vision Pro Webcam for Mac
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Posted by: Glenn

Logitech today unveiled the QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac with a Carl Zeiss autofocusing lens. The new USB 2.0 webcam works with iChat, Photo Booth, iMovie and Skype, and features a 2-megapixel image sensor. It's capable of recording video at 720p resolution and uses RightLight 2 technology, which, according to Logitech, automatically adjusts the webcam's settings to produce better pictures in low-light settings or in areas of uneven light. The black and silver webcam also features a built-in microphone. The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in July. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is $129.99.




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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 with my setup. It essentially looks and sounds the same as this cam feature wise. I'm hoping that Logitech posts special software for this new model because it might be able to use it with mine as well. The QuickCam Pro 9000 works ok, but it lacks the ability to make adjustments without using iGlasses. There's also no way to adjust the RightLight 2 stuff like you can in Windows.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$129? Pass. I guess it's a generational thing--I have no burning desire to play videophone and I doubt anyone else is gonna wanna see my mug (it might [read: will] break their monitor).

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Btw, anybody know how to do strikethroughs here (I tried normal HTML and it didn't seem to work) I wanted to strikethorugh the word "might" in my post above....


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds nice, but I still wish that Apple made the iSight. Or better yet, jammed one in a Cinema display.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelSpinners wrote:
This sounds nice, but I still wish that Apple made the iSight. Or better yet, jammed one in a Cinema display.

I'm happy that I bought one before Apple stopped making them. I think it's one, if not the best, webcams ever. That firewire interface kicks butt. It's cool that Logitech came out with this one though. Even though they appear to be charging a Mac tax for it. Hopefully, others will follow, or at least offer drivers or software for OS X. It would also be nice to see them skip on the Mac tax next time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm buying one if the reviews are good and it comes with the software for making proper adjustments. That's all I know.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NRecob wrote:
$129? Pass. I guess it's a generational thing--I have no burning desire to play videophone and I doubt anyone else is gonna wanna see my mug (it might [read: will] break their monitor).

I don't think anyone wants (or needs) to see my mug either. Laughing

My wife, on the other hand, wouldn't mind having a better one to chat with her sister. I better let her know....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, the only hardware difference between the QuickCam Pro 9000 looks like the the light on the front (9000 == Orange / Vision == White). I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the Mac software for the Vision. It certainly does seem like they are just getting a Mac tax for essentially the same hardware.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Logitech is on my no buy list.
My experience is their products may work as advertised if you have the "perfect" setup according to them, but the first time you upgrade your OS or QT is upgraded, they leave you hanging as they don't release fully functional upgrades... or none at all.

The QuickCam I bought years ago never "just worked" as advertised and now I must use 3rd party drivers to get it to work... sort of.

My iSights (external and internal) just work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stupkid wrote:
Hmm, the only hardware difference between the QuickCam Pro 9000 looks like the the light on the front (9000 == Orange / Vision == White). I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the Mac software for the Vision.

I have a feeling there will be a lot of us QuickCam Pro 9000 owners visiting the QuickCam Vision Pro support page over the next few weeks. The front circular LED basically looks like the only difference from a hardware standpoint. And it only turns on when the webcam is in use (not just connected) anyways.

boatj wrote:
The QuickCam I bought years ago never "just worked" as advertised and now I must use 3rd party drivers to get it to work... sort of.

The driver situation always sucked, but that kind of changed when Apple added support for UVC-based cams in 10.4.9 for iChat.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

artman wrote:
The front circular LED basically looks like the only difference from a hardware standpoint.


DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT WENT INTO ENGINEERING THAT LED?!?!? (Throws chair)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this product looks good but the the Apple iSight looks and likely performs better. I would seriously consider sourcing a used iSight before I would buck up $129 for a USB device. I'd also consider a handy cam for that kind of money.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stupkid wrote:
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT WENT INTO ENGINEERING THAT LED?!?!? (Throws chair)

j/k

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Duck! Laughing

Actually, it's kind of a cool looking LED. This might be hard to describe, but you can't even tell it has one. It's set way behind the plastic and seems to come out of nowhere. You wouldn't even know it had one when the camera is off.

Bandit Bill wrote:
I think this product looks good but the the Apple iSight looks and likely performs better. I would seriously consider sourcing a used iSight before I would buck up $129 for a USB device. I'd also consider a handy cam for that kind of money.

I thought about getting a used one myself. There are rumors about Apple coming out with a new external iSight HD, but you know how that goes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a QCFusion, looks basically the same, different microphonespot, maybe a better lens, but still I get compliments for a very good picture. I saw a friend of mine with a recent iMac though and his picture and sound were horrible, maybe his connection wasn't that great, I don't know...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it doesn't look like there will be specific software or drivers for the RightLight 2 stuff or making adjustments. The support page for the QuickCam Vision Pro now states: "This product uses native driver support on a Mac. No Logitech Mac Software is available or required." Sad

I would just buy the QuickCam Pro 9000 if you like the looks of this camera gang. I would also pick up a copy of iGlasses for making a few minor adjustments. That's about as good as it gets.


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