[clug] Linux Webcam

Paul Warren paul.warren at anu.edu.au
Mon Jun 16 01:35:14 GMT 2008

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Hal Ashburner wrote:
> Hey there Clug,
> So I'd like a really, really nice webcam that works well on linux. I've
> heard that the Apple iSight is the bees knees but they don't seem to
> make it anymore. So I thought I'd ask, how does one go about selecting a
> webcam (or more generally, any new funky hardware) so that it will work
> with linux?
> Mapping drivers from the kernel to actual models you can buy seems
> somewhat difficult. I have some sort of rubbishy logitec quickam
> $something that doesn't work that I bought a few years ago that doesn't
> work to prove it (or at least prove my general inadequacy and
> ignornace). Any thoughts?
> Cheers,
> Hal

When I went looking for a nice webcam for my old iBook, the apple shop
at ANU were selling a Pico iMage webcam in lieu of the iSight not being
sold anymore, and it worked for OS X with no extra drivers.

At the time it did not work with the linux uvc-video drivers, but after
some fiddling about we got it to work, and I think support for it is now
in the mainline kernel. and it seems to work fine in Hardy Heron (ubuntu

the Pico iMage is only a camera though, no microphone on it.

Hope that helps

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