How to Turn on a Camera on an iMac

By Julius Vandersteen

The iMac has a small built-in iSight camera that shoots pictures and videos. It is located at the center top of the iMac screen, making it convenient for taking a quick picture to send someone, shoot videos or to engage in a video chat while you sit in front of the computer. The iSight camera saves pictures in the JPG format, and it has a microphone to record sound when shooting video.

Step 1

Click the “Photo Booth” icon on the dock to open the program for shooting pictures and videos. A green light next to the iChat camera lens will turn on, indicating that the camera is working.

Step 2

Click the tab with the square-shaped icon to select single picture taking mode. Click the “Camera” button to take a picture.

Step 3

Click the tab with the four-panel square-shaped icon to select 4-up mode. Click the “Camera” button to take a quick burst of four pictures.

Step 4

Click the tab with the film frame icon to select video mode. Click the “Camera” button to start shooting video, and click it again to stop shooting.

Step 5

Click on a thumbnail picture of a photo or video that you shot from the section at the bottom of the Photo Booth window, and it will appear in the display for you to view.

Step 6

Click on the “iChat” icon on the dock to start a video chat. Click “Video” from the menu, then “Video Preview.” A green light next to the iChat camera lens will turn on, indicating that the camera is working. Click on a buddy in your iChat list to start a video chat.