It is important to have a video camera that is compatible with the computer system being used, and in the past, finding the correct video camera was a bit harder than it is today. Virtually every camera maker, whether they produce surveillance cameras, video cameras or film camera, are compatible with most operating systems and computers. The eMac is no different. Any late model camera should work straight out of the box; but with older models some searching may be involved to find the information about how to make it compatible.
For the older models of cameras, an individual will need to locate the specifications for the device, either online or from the documentation provided by the manufacturer. In some cases, software can be downloaded in order to enable the video camera to be compatible with different operating systems; the software can be free or purchased for a fee. Either way, the downloadable software is an inexpensive way to use an older camera with a new or different operating system. The eMac falls into this category if the owner previously used a Windows based operating system or computer.
While it is sometimes possible to find software to help with compatibility, that is not always the case. Some video cameras just do not have the ability to work in conjunction with every system on the market. In this case, a new video camera will be in order. Since later models of video cameras are compatible with virtually all computer systems, the function of the video camera will need to be determined in order to obtain the correct device. It will still be necessary to check for compatibility, although this shouldn’t be a problem.
Should the end user desire a video camera for home use to document their family’s events such as school plays, holiday gatherings or home movies, a simple consumer video camera will suffice. Companies like Sony, JVC and Samsung have a plethora of models and features to satisfy even the most advanced videographer. Some of these companies offer models that can double as a webcam so the consumer or end user will not need to purchase additional equipment.
Webcams are a simple, convenient way to communicate. Video conferencing, video chat and video mail are becoming more common, and users need to determine if they indeed do need a webcam. Logitech, Dell, and Creative Labs all produce many versions of webcams from the simple to the insanely advanced, depending upon the application and system. These will need to be examined in greater detail, as not all of the manufacturers produce cross-compatible models, but they are far more prevalent now than in years past.
Surveillance is another use of video cameras. These cameras are powered by software and algorithms for multiple platforms and operating systems by default. This is due to the manufacturer’s realization that video systems need to run on a variety of operating systems and platforms in order to be profitable. This does not mean that the camera will always work with an eMac. The end user needs to check with the documentation or sales associate at the store where the product is purchased to see if the device is in fact compatible.