Crappy Blurry Grainy Cheap Mac Webcams From China
Filed in: Cheap Web Cameras
As I research the various specialized and general purpose Mac compatible webcam market, I'm appalled by the flood of low-end, sub-par quality web cameras being shipped by the boatloads from China. Look, I understand the desire to save money and lean towards cheap if your video chat and conferencing needs are modest. But an incompatible $7.99 junk Webcam-In-A-Bag like pictured here isn't the right buying decision.
Trust me, I've bought a lot of no-name cheap webcams from China to see what 10 bucks or so gets you in a UVC - USB Video Class compliant webcam that will 'just work' on MacOS. Occasionally, there have been some pleasant surprises with sharp image quality, good light sensitivity and color response, and an 'okay' sounding internal microphone. Most however have fallen far short of that.
- Low Resolution - Not Actual HD Sensors
- Grainy Or Blurry Images
- Poor Mounting Clips
- Defective Lenses
- Hollow Sounding Microphones
- Dead On Arrival
- High Failure Rates Soon After Purchase
- Not Compatible With Mac OSX
- Lack Of Autofocus
Several of the cheap-o Mac compatible web cameras I've purchased were so disappointing -- I threw them in the garbage. When you only pay $8-$ 12 for a cam, if it's junk, it isn't worth bothering with the time and expense of returning. So my advice, if you have twenty or so bucks to spend get a brand-name webcam for your Mac like the Logitech C270 or a Creative Live Cam Chat. If you go up a notch, the Logitech C310 offers better light-management and delivers a surprisingly clear, sharp image with a decent sounding mic to go along with it.