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Apple iSight FireWire Webcam for Apple Computers M8817LL/A

by Apple
40 customer reviews

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  • 640x480 (VGA) resolution
  • Integrated, dual-element microphone with noise suppression
  • One FireWire connection provides audio, video, and power
  • Includes three camera stands, carrying case, FireWire cable, FireWire cable adapter
  • Compatible with Mac OS X v.10.2.5 or later
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: M8817LL/A
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Audio Input: microphone
  • Video Capture Resolution: 640 x 480
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Product Description

Product Description

640x480 (VGA) resolution Integrated, dual-element microphone with noise suppression One FireWire connection provides audio, video, and power Includes three camera stands, carrying case, FireWire cable, FireWire cable adapter Compatible with Mac OS X

From the Manufacturer

Introducing a revolutionary new way to say hello. iSight delivers picture perfect video, crystal clear audio and an innovative design that makes video conferencing over the Internet as natural as face-to-face conversation. Families can stay in touch from thousands of miles away. Students can hang out and talk with their friends like they were in the same room. And business travelers can tuck their kids in to bed from the other side of the world. It's the next best thing to being there.



The eyes and ears of your Mac
Picture perfect video: iSight doesn't just look good, it makes you look good with a high quality video image. A custom designed, auto-focus lens keeps your image crisp and clear from 50mm to infinity and focuses on a 1/4" CCD sensor with 640x480 (VGA) resolution. Put that together with iSight's built-in image processor and you get smooth, top-quality, full motion video at up to 30 frames per second with true 24-bit color.

Crystal clear audio: An integrated, dual-element microphone suppresses ambient noise, so just your voice comes through loud and clear. Innovative design: iSight will get you talking. Its unique center-mount design, with an integrated rotate and tilt mechanism and three included stands, make it simple to position iSight so you're looking directly at the lens for a face-to-face conversation.



Seamless integration: One simple FireWire connection provides audio, video and power. Just plug in iSight and iChat AV automatically launches and gets you chatting in seconds.

Ultra portable: iSight is made out of the same aluminum alloy as our 12" and 17" PowerBooks, which makes it incredibly durable while keeping it extremely lightweight (weighs just 2.3 ounces). Just pop it into the included carrying case and you can stay in touch no matter where you go.


Product Details

Product Manual [1.13mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 2.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0000AKACN
  • Item model number: M8817LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By NutMac VINE VOICE on August 8, 2003
Pros:
- Excellent audio and video performances
- Mounts to Apple's LCD and notebook displays
- Excellent built quality (aluminum-alloy construction)
- Beautiful design
- Supports AOL, .Mac, Rendezvous (all via iChat AV), and Yahoo! via Yahoo! Messenger for OS X
Cons:
- Very expensive
- Adhesive mounting kit for LCD display
- No video chat for MSN (which is Microsoft's fault, but still)
- Does not include video capture application
- Works only on Mac OS X (at least for now)
- iChat AV costs extra (beta which expires on 12/31/2003 is free) for OS X 10.2 "Jaguar" users (included with OS X 10.3 "Panther" at no cost, however)
Apple's iSight is among the most expensive webcam out there. If you are heavily into video conferencing, however, the decision should be no brainer. iSight is THE webcam to own.
First of all, iSight is one of the few webcams to use FireWire 400 bus. FireWire not only provides plenty of bandwidth for VGA quality video and audio (24-bit 640x480 at 30 frames per second), iSight gets all the power from it, too.
Rotate the lens cap, which opens and closes the lens, and iSight comes alive (it will also activate iChat AV). Both audio and video capture performance are superb, with excellent exposure and clear audio. It is easily the best performing webcam out there.
And the built quality and design... simply stunning. Made in sturdy aluminum-alloy (used by 12" and 17" PowerBook G4 as well as PowerMac G5), iSight feels expensive. Furthermore, iSight is very functionally designed. Although mounting on Apple's LCD display requires adhesive (sticky) mounting stand, mounting on Apple's portable computer is elegant (even comes with a carrying case).
So is it worth a buy?
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Geekier than thou TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2003
True video conferencing - the type that has been promised for years now really exists and is affordable for the common man (and woman). All you need is a firewire Mac (all new Macs for the past 4 years have shipped w/ firewire, but you can always install an after-market firewire PCI card if needed) running OS 10.2 or better, iChat/AV (Apple's software that comes free with OS 10.3 - "Panther"), and a broadband connection.
There are many iChat related Web sites that contain databases of other iSight owners, so you can always find someone to chat with, even if none of your friends have Macs or broadband connections.
The camera can also be used for Yahoo Chat, but Yahoo's software limits your video to snapshot slide shows. iChat/AV allows you to to have live streaming video and audio with full duplexing, so it's like you're on the phone.
If you have a bad hair day, you can use the microphone only so you don't have to share the video. The lens cap is built-in, and with a simple twist of the lens, your camera is turned off.
The camera is an elegant addition to your Mac goodies, although the mounting has much to be desired. Some third-party companies have come out with some excellent alternatives for mounting the iSight, however, if you don't have a laptop to clip it to and you don't want to "stick" it on your monitor.
The camera is in full color and will automatically focus from about 1" to infinity. My less than perfect rating is for two reasons - 1 being the aforementioned mounting options - tacky "stick-on" mounting isn't the choice for most and the laptop clip can be broken easily during transport. My biggest gripe is the white balancing of the camera.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Clarke on May 24, 2004
I don't know if the review from EL was wrote by a Anti-Mac Nazi but, most of the information stated in his review was incorrect. First iMovie is easily used with the iSight. Second iSight is made for mac, If you have a mac that supports iSight, you should not have to instal any software, iChat AV Comes with the OS. Third iChat AV does now work with the latest PC version of AOL instant messenger, not the old ones. Fourth not only can you take still amazingly good quality still pictures, you can download programs off the internet that lets you add effects to the pictures you take. iSight self adjusted the brightness and contrast, so manual adjustment is unnecessary. EL has made it sound you cannot use iSight unless you are computer illiterate, it is very easy to use I have never had any problem with mine, and I've saved money on long distance calls. Plus it's a lot of fun I rated this excellent product with 5 stars. Online Video Conferencing is the future and apples firewire technology makes video Conferencing amazing with no skipping or lag the quality is superb. Hats off to Apple with the great product
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on September 5, 2003
What a terrific web cam! Talk about easy to set up. First make sure you've downloaded Apple's chat software, iChat AV. After that all you do is pulg the included FireWire cable into the iSight, mount it on your mac and plug the other end into a FireWire port and you're ready to start audio and/or video chats with your AIM buddies. The one caveat being that you need a high speed connection for video.
I love the simplicity and elegance of the iSight. When I don't want to use the web cam, I don't have to disconnect it, only close the shutter. But honestly the image and sound quality is such that I never close it down. I've used several web cams in the past and this one offers by far the best image quality I've seen. Another small but welcome feature is the iSight's ability to tilt and swivel while mounted to your mac. Now you can position your web cam just right without a lot of fuss.
My only complaint is the need to stick the iSIght mount on you mac. The mount for notebooks is much better as it just slips over the edge of the screen and doesn't require you to stick anything to your beautiful mac.
I've had mine for a few weeks a now and haven't had a single glitch to deal with. Simple, elegant and high quality. What more can you ask for? Did I hear you say a lower price? Well, you can't have everything right? : )
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