Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Recommendations for iSight... - Current Mac Hardware Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Recommendations for iSight... o-mac Posted: June 29, 2004 6:14PM in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014 Does anyone have any recommendations for iSight?Is it worth getting?Have there been any problems with it?what are the pros and cons? Comments Reply 1 of 5 zo Posts: 3,115member June 29, 2004 8:07PM great piece of hardware:the only cons I see are:- no zoom- no PC driversother than that... its awesome... really Reply 2 of 5 ionyz Posts: 491member June 29, 2004 11:22PM Quote:Originally posted by ZO great piece of hardware:the only cons I see are:- no zoom- no PC driversother than that... its awesome... really And to add to that, during video chat expect a huge increase in CPU cycles. At least on my friend's Quicksilver 867 MHz. Reply 3 of 5 michael wilkie Posts: 223member June 29, 2004 11:55PM Will people never understand? Putting a "zoom" on a camera lens seriously degrades the images quality and/or the maximum aperture of the lens. Only through the use of large, heavy, and very expensive aspherical lenses can the quality loss be compensated. No professional quality zoom lens can be bought for less than a grand...and even then prime lenses are superior.Zoom lenses have two functions:-journalism and nature photography where cost is no object.-hawking cheap crap to the aesthetically illiterate.I'll take that f.2.8 aperture over a zoom any day. Would you really rather have a zoom lens with a dinky aperture that takes really tight shots of your face that only look good with the aid of a 1000 watt tungsten lamp?That said, the iSight has an excellent lens. And the construction is so superior to other webcams, that you'll thank yourself. Reply 4 of 5 kenaustus Posts: 913member June 30, 2004 9:38PM It's worth getting if you have people you can hook up with. The only con I can see is that you need a high speed internet connection for it to work - otherwise you are stuck with audio only.Cons: Limited people you can connect to and you can only connect to one person at a time (conflicting "cons"). When Tiger comes out you will be able to have a chat with 3 other people - a significant and desirable improvement.The main Pro is that you can have a video chat with someone. As an example, when I travel overseas on business I can have video chats with my wife as well as my 3 year old granddaughter. I've got one iSight now and will have another for the wife before the next trip. Reply 5 of 5 rok Posts: 3,519member June 30, 2004 9:53PM question for folks about isight: how does it react with firewalls? i can chat with friends via ichat from work, but file transfer fails every time. not sure if it's their end or mine, but does a specific port need to be opened for isight video chats? Sign In or Register to comment.