Web Camera Image & Effect Apps For OSX

Mac Webcam Adjustment Apps

Some, but not a lot of companies offer Apple-specific free webcam settings software downloads for their cameras. A search of the Apple App Store reveals two that do:

Spedal Mac Compatible Web Cameras with Mac OSX settings apps here.

Nexigo Mac Compatible Web Cameras with Mac OSX settings apps here.

You'll also find paid webcam adjustment apps for $5-$10 that work with a wide variety of Mac compatible webcams by doing a quick search at the App Store. Whether a particular camera you may already own is supported isn't guaranteed unless the developer specifically supports it.

Logitech Webcam Software For Mac

The largest and arguably the best manufacturer: Logitech's Mac Compatible Web Cameras have the best webcam software support. In years past, they had a spotty history of commiting to Apple webcam compatibility whole-heartedly, but they've gotten better as Apple's market-share and dominance exploded.

There's a long history of various Logitech web camera software apps for Mac OSX. It's technically not 'Driver' software: MacOS handles that with the system-level support for UVC compatible cameras. They provide webcam adjustment and capture application Macintosh users can optionally install to get more usability out of the many webcam models they currenty offer OSX support for.

Webam apps are often hard-coded to detect and work only with specific camera manufacturer, models, and the sensor used inside. All cameras mentioned and linked here are USB Video Class webcams with low-level drivers part of OSX for BASIC operation. For any additional functionality and control additional software is needed.

Mac Webcam Software For OSX


Logitech's OSX web camera control software features still image capture and video recording in Standard and High-Definition Widescreen modes at various VGA, HD and 4K UHD resolutions - in compressed or optionally uncompressed format. Sharing captured clips and snapshots to FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter is often supported. You can download the latest builds of the Logitech Webcam Software For Mac OSX 10.5+ via this link.

Why you want it: Many older OSX video chat and capture programs can't or have a hard time taking full advantage of HD 720, 1080 and 4K resolutions. Older apps were only designed for 3:4 aspect-ratios and standard-definition snapshots or video at 320x240 or 640x480 VGA resolution. Logitech's Mac webcam software handles capturing clips at the 16:9 wide aspect ratio and HD modes far more intelligently. What it doesn't do: It lacks image adjustment controls - leaving all focus, color, brightness and white balance to Logitech's built-in camera hardware.

Logitech Webcam Control App For Macs

If you bought a more recent professional ogitech HD camera like the 930e, 922 or ConferenceCam, you should download the latest Logitech webcam apps at Logi's Business support site for camera pan, zoom and tilt and image adjustment functions in any video-aware Mac app. It now works with a much wider range of Logitech cameras, but it depends on the model as to which adjustments are supported.

Mac Webcam Settings App From Mactaris

Mac Webcam Settings Software

A few webcam Mac control panel apps written by software developer Mactaris at the Apple App Store are: Webcam Settings which is an affordable $7.99 Webcam image adjustment app for EXTERNAL Mac compatible web cameras (as well as a built-in iSight). This program works with many different 3rd-party Apple compatible webcam models from Logitech, Creative Labs, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Ipevo, Rocketfish, Gearhead and others.

If you have a Cinema Display, iMac or MacBook with a built-in iSight, the $4.99 Apple iSight ONLY version from Mactaris is called Sight Control can give you all the basic internal Mac webcam image control you need for a better capture or conferencing session for your built-in iSight camera. An app called 'iVision' is exclusively for the original VGA FireWire Apple iSight cameras Apple used to sell.

Webcam Effects And Image Control Software For Mac

Webcam Adjustment Software For Mac

Regardless of what working Apple compatible webcam solution you use - whether it's a built-in iSight or external USB webcam for Mac - iGlasses from eCamm is the definitive Mac compatible webcam software to give you precise control over your webcam's image and a large variety of web camera effects no matter what application you're using. Check out the free demo version to give it a test drive.

Drivers For Old Macs - Obsolete Web Cameras

MacCam Open Source Webcam Drivers

For those old Macs stuck in time running very early versions of OSX with long discontinued and obsolete USB 1.1 webcams, MacCam helped many cameras with MacOS compatibility. It was quite a challenge for Mac webcam drivers to recognize all the different manufacturers, image sensor hardware and vendor/product ID codes - and just as much of a challenge to document Macintosh compatibility with over 400 different models from dozens of manufacturers.

IOExpert Drivers For Older Macs

In the early days prior to the UVC - USB Video Class device standard, IOEXperts helped select models of web cameras function under OSX and OS9. Before UVC compliance took hold, a wide variety of USB 1.1 speed cameras with varying webcam chipsets and sensors made it difficult to support Macintosh. But IO Experts stepped in and tried to support as many cameras as they could.