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Hi,

I'm looking for a good wireless or bluetooth webcam that will connect to an intel mac mini. Wil be streaming business video conferences using this. Not so worried about a mic as have a very good conference phone system but i'm looking for a solid camera.

Points I'd like are:-
Mini tripod can be added as this will stand on a boardroom table.
Not so worried about recording video or stils or special effects, just need to put over a good quality picture.
Want it to look professional as on boardrom table.

I've googled around and seen a few but not many actively support OSX although they seem to do so just not officially.

Budget isn't a major issue, £40-100 works.

Any help would be good.

Thanks
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Hi sideas,

 You have quite a few options available to you when it comes to getting a good picture for a video teleconference (VTC). In fact, it really depends on what you already have, what you're willing to use and how versatile/mobile you need to be.

Possible setups:

     Use what you have:
        (1) iPhone 4s or 5, iPad
        (2) Apple TV 720p or 1080p
        (3) HD TV or Projector

The iPhone 4s and 5 have really good picture when you FaceTime (built into the phone) or ooVoo (free app in the App Store) but the beauty of it all is that you can mirror your iPhone screen wirelessly to your AppleTV.

       Pros: Call contacts on the phone without using minutes if you're connected to wifi or calling another iPhone, use contacts allowed in your ooVoo account which can be populated  from your iPad or iPhone contacts from iCloud, very mobile, allows for VTC even without wifi since you can use cellular to make FaceTime or ooVoo calls, and Cheap.

      Cons: If you don't have an AppleTV then it will set you back £99. iPhone can't stand by itself like the iPad can, so most likely you will need a stand. Here is one of the best: http://joby.com/smartphones/griptight-gorillapod-stand


All that said, if you just want a bluetooth webcam that is reasonably priced and will get the job done then ecamm may be your best bet: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/webcam/bt1/

Hope this helps.
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Gone with the bt1 as I'd already been looking at that.

Thanks
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Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA earned 2000 total points
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Hi Sideas,

Great news! The Bt1 should give you tons of mobility and with 4 hour live vtc time you really don't have to worry about running out of charge. Take care.
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Thanks, bought a BT1 in the end, not unpacked yet though.
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