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Razer Kiyo Ring Light Webcam Mac Compatible?

Web Camera With Ring Light For MacOS
Apple users tempted by the appeal of a HD webcam with built-in ring light may have stumbled across listings for the Razer Kiyo thinking it's Mac compatible. Well, it OUGHT to be as the vast majority of web camera device manufacturers have long since switched to the UVC - USB Video Class device standard. UVC allows webcams to be plug-and-play on modern operating systems like Windows 7-10, MacOS since OSX 10.5, Unix/Linux and Android OS.

Apparently something was amiss with the hardware or implementation at Razer (who otherwise specializes in flashy, high-end Windows gaming peripherals. Recently the Kiyo webcam with built-in ring light needed a firmware update to correct some issues. The updater only runs on Windows. As such, Razer's lack of explicit support for Mac makes that camera a sub-optimal choice for Macintosh users shopping for an external USB Mac compatible webcam.

The alternative is a rather pricey and high-end webcam / mic / ringlight / USB hub combo: Check out the Marantz Turret Pro Broadcaster instead which is worth a look-see if you're looking for a 1-piece audio - video conferencing / streaming webcam with ringlight that IS Mac OSX compatible.

Apple Compatible USB Digital Microscopes

Shopping for a digital USB microscope that works on Mac OSX? It isn't just webcams that have adopted the USB Video Class camera standard. There's now a decent range of UVC digital computer microscopes and inspection scopes that are UVC compliant and compatible with any modern OS : MacOS, Linux, and Windows.

Omax HD UVC Digital Microscope

Optical & Digital Imaging


The Go-To brand seems to be Amscope with good software support for Macintosh computers. Omax is another digital USB scope manufacturer worth checking out. Some are conventional computer lab microscopes for medical or biological uses that combine both optical eye-pieces plus a digital camera sensor for capturing and recording whatever it sees under high magnification. Windows users will likely find snapshot and video capture apps more readily available, but Linux and Mac OS users will find any general purpose still image or video capture program will let them capture images or video clips from the digital computer microscope's sensor.

Amscope Trinocular Digital Lab Scope

5MP Mac Compatible Camera


There are also many MacOS friendly UVC compatible inspection microscopes for business, industrial, construction or hobbyist uses. Some are handheld such as dental cameras, some feature a mounting stand, others may have a long or extended cable for, say, automotive engine or in-wall construction inspections.