Sight Control

Developer: Mactaris

Current Version: 2.0

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 1.2 MB - Download


Sight Control is a simple and user-friendly OS X application that will give you total control of your Mac’s built-in webcam.

◼ We like Sight Control because it’s not applying filters after you’ve taken pictures or video; moving the sliders back and forth results in real-time, immediate changes. - iLounge + Mac

◼ Powerful and easy to use built-in webcam controller - Softpedia

Sight Control will allow you to easily adjust the image quality in real time while using webcam apps such as Skype or FaceTime.

Sight Control will automatically identify Mac's built-in webcams, including Built-in iSight, Display iSight, FaceTime Camera (Built-in), FaceTime Camera (Display), FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in) and FaceTime HD Camera (Display).

Sight Control communicates with Mac’s built-in webcams and learns what settings they can support.

You can adjust all these settings
• Auto-Exposure Mode
• Exposure Time
• Aperture
• Brightness
• Contrast
• Hue
• Saturation
• Sharpness
• Gamma
• White Balance Temperature
• Power Line Frequency (anti-flicker)
• Backlight Composition

True hardware level control
• Instead of post processing already captured images from your webcam and apply filter to those images to create similar effects. Sight Control directly communicates with your webcam and adjusts hardware control values.

Works with almost every webcam app
• Skype
• FaceTime
• iChat, Messages
• Photo Booth
• iMovie
• QuickTime Player/QuickTime Player 7
• iStopMotion, BoinxTV
• Wirecast
• Sparkbooth
• GoToMeeting
• WebEx, Jabber
• Adobe Connect
• Flash based webcam app and many other 3rd party apps

* Sight Control works with Mac’s built-in webcam only, does not work with iSight connected via FireWire.
* If you are using external UVC camera or plan to use one, please choose my other app - Webcam Settings.


Release Notes:

• Brand new app icon and menubar icon.
• Add support for the FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013, a new generation of Apple's built-in webcam totally different then any previous model. It supports Exposure Time, Brightness, Contract, Hue, Saturation and Sharpness controls and one new Noise Reduction control.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.4
Review by Rdonson

Perfect!!!!!! - I've installed version 1.4 and it resolves all my problems with Skype. I set the control panel to read and write settings from the webcam at 3 secs and it worked flawlessly!!!! Great work Mactaris!!!! Thanks for the great app!!!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.0
Review by Jim Lipsey

Useless for FaceTime HD camera - Note (as I should have) that nearly all the settings are greyed out for the FaceTime HD camera that comes in a MacBook Pro. No gain or exposure adjustments (which actually affect how the sensor performs) are usable. The brightness and contrast settings only affect the image after it’s been captured, which makes them useless. Waste of $5.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.0
Review by James++

Kind of a hassle to use. - This app does what it says it does and has a clean/simple interface but has some reliability issues and poor usability. Reliability (2/5) When in manual mode, and in some applications, the aperture will occasionally reset back down to 0. (happens every few minutes in skype, and also sometimes when opening a new camera application) Occasionally, the controls will get "stuck", forcing you to restart the application. Usability (3/5) First of all, the sliders/controls don't make a lot of sense. For the exposure-time/shutter-speed, you are given a slider… but only the first 1/10th of the slider gives usable results making it hard to adjust the exposure time accurately. A better solution would be to use a stepper control, or limit the usable exposure time to the first 1/4th of the range. There is a control called "aperture"… but the webcams on most or all macbook/imacs have a fixed aperture if I'm not mistaken. This is probably the ISO/gain/amplifier setting… and you have to hold down a stepper button to adjust it (takes 10 seconds to go through the entire range). a slider would have been much less frustrating to use here. Lot of features are "grayed out". I'm guessing some features are available to certain models… i don't really know. (aperture/shutter priority mode and NR doesn't work on mine) Something like a Exposure-compensation setting would have been awesome to have since usually the auto-exposure is only off depending on your shirt color or background color.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people
Version 2.0
Review by featherhawk

Disappointing - The screen shot shows options not available to the user. I purchased the product because the screenshot shows the tools I need. However, only a few of the tools are functional, the other tools shown are appearance adornments. Very misleading as this product offers very limited control. Hopefully the developers will make this item fully functional, right now it’s not. A waste of money and time.

Found helpful by 10 out of 11 people
Version 2.0
Review by dju3

Exactly what I needed - I work in front of a dark background that always over-exposes my face terribly. This app completely solved the problem on my 2011 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7.5. Thanks for the wonderful app!

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 2.0
Review by the prog queen

Works, but crashes camera frequently. - I downloaded this app to control the saturation on my isight camera, which I have noticed is lower than it ought to be. It does the job well. But if I close Sight Control after closing Photobooth, the next time I open Photobooth, it will say "there is no connected camera." I usually have to restart to get it to recognize the camera again. So I don't use Sight Control as often as I'd like to.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 2.0
Review by overturnedbigrig

DOESN’T WORK FOR MACBOOKS WITH RETINA SCREENS - Doesn’t work for FaceTime cameras on MacBooks with retina screens. And the same for this company’s other app, “Camera Control”.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people