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The iSight is a video camera designed to be used in conjunction with iChat for video conferencing. Unlike various other webcams the iSight includes a high-quality directional built-in microphone.


Original Features

The original (standalone) iSight has the following features (from the product packaging):

  • 1/4-inch CCD image sensor with 640-by-480 pixel (VGA) resolution
  • Full-motion video at up to 30 frames per second (fps) and 24-bit color
  • Autofocus from 50 millimeters to infinity
  • Built-in image processing for optimal picture quality
  • On-air indicator light and lens shutter that closes to zero aperture to ensure privacy
  • Integrated dual-element, noise-suppressing microphone
  • Single FireWire connection for audio, video, and power
  • Innovative design with integrated rotate and tilt mechanism for easy camera positioning
  • Includes iSight, three mounting stands, carrying case, and FireWire cable
iMac G5 with iSight
iMac G5 with iSight

Integrated iSight

The iSight built into the iMac G5, Intel based iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro has the following features (from the Apple Special Event Webcast at product launch):

  • 640 x 480 resolution
  • 30 frames per second (fps)
  • 24-bit color
  • Auto-exposure
  • F/2.8 (for low lighting)
  • On-air indicator light

Besides lacking a method to physically turn off the camera (such as the external unit's iris), a major difference between the original iSight and the built-in version is that the built-in version uses the USB 2.0 bus, while the original uses the FireWire bus. System Profiler shows the following properties of the USB 2.0 built-in isight:

 Version:	1.20
 Bus Power (mA):	500
 Speed:	Up to 480 Mb/sec
 Manufacturer:	Micron
 Product ID:	0x8501
 Vendor ID:	0x05ac  (Apple Computer, Inc.)

Accessory Kit Contents

After the iSight was introduced, the Accessory Kit was revised three times to change the camera mounts that came with it to support new Apple products.

The iSight package contains:

  • The iSight
  • FireWire 6-6 pin, 1.8m cable
  • FireWire cable adapters
  • Display Mounts:
    • Revision A
    • Revision B
      • magnetic mount for the Anodized Aluminum Apple Cinema Displays
      • eMac and desktop mount
      • PowerBook and iBook mount
      • Flat-panel iMac G4 and LCD Studio/Cinema Displays (ADC) mount
    • Revision C
      • magnetic mount for the Anodized Aluminum Apple Cinema Displays
      • eMac and desktop mount
      • PowerBook and iBook mount

See Also


Apple's iSight page

Third Party Accessories