Web Camera Drivers For Mac OSX
If you purchase some of the recommended, higher-end webcams recommended on this site, you'll likely find they perform well and deliver a sharp, clear image right out of the box without any additional software / drivers / utilities needed. For many, simply improving and increasing the quality of your lighting can drastically improve your camera image.
Apple has never provided low-level, system-wide control or a System Preferences Pane for either built-in iSights or external web cameras in OSX - which is unfortunate. When a good webcam and good lighting isn't sufficient, additional 3rd-party camera apps for image adjustment and webcam effects can help.
3rd-Party Web Camera Software For Macs
If you feel your particular Apple compatible webcam isn't performing optimally, there are several options to try to tweak and improve your camera's response:
Logitech OSX Webcam Software
After many years of non-existent or marginal support for thier webcams on Mac OSX, in the past few years Logitech has started to offer a few camera-specific apps for Apple users. You can download thier MacOS compatible webcam software here
iGlasses OSX Webcam Software
For many years, Ecamm's iGlasses webcam app was one of the few third-party programs that worked with most Apple compatible cameras and offered both image adjustment and web camera effects for Mac users.
Mactaris OSX Webcam Software
For precision webcam image adjustment under Mac OS, a relatively new developer Mactaris provides precision image control for nearly any OSX compatible web camera on the market. Available as an affordable download from the Apple App Store, it's our #1 recommendation for tweaking your camera image no matter who the manufacturer is.
ManyCam OSX Webcam Software
ManyCam was an important piece of software for Macintosh users who had multiple USB or FireWire webcams and wanted a way to SWITCH between cameras on the fly. An OSX version of ManyCam can still be found for download, but ongoing development for newer versions of OSX have stopped.
Maccam OSX Webcam Software
The Open Source software project Maccam has been around for years - though is now losing relevancy. In the early days of video chat on the Macintosh, webcam manufacturers didn't have the unifying USB Video Class specification to insure plug-and-play compatibility. Webcam drivers had tobe hand-written to each of the unique sensors used in the cameras. As such most manufacturers didn't want to spend money writing for the Mac market when drivers for the Windows platform were in much, much more demand. Maccam was an open source effort by many programmers to try to get what are now long obsolete and discontinued web cameras to work on the Apple platform.