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Photo Booth does 640x480. I know the HD webcam on the 2011 MacBook Pros can do better than that. What app can I use for taking full resolution stills?

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Kinda roundabout, but you could try this:

  1. Open Quicktime.
  2. Choose File -> New Movie Recording.
  3. On the little down arrow to the right of the record button, choose maximum quality. Also drag the record button holder to least obtrusive location.
  4. Command-3 to fit to screen.
  5. Take screen shots with command-shift-(3 or 4).
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Hm. Not a bad hack. Pair it with Grab for hands free pictures. – Nathaniel Jun 16 '11 at 2:44

Photo Booth in Lion does 1080x720 captures in JPEG when the hardware supports it.

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You probably have a newer MBP. – daviesgeek Sep 12 '11 at 1:22

Try the free Skitch (also available from the Mac App Store). One of the many things it can do is a Cam Snapshot. To take one, invoke Skitch, then choose Capture > Cam Snapshot. You may need to fiddle a bit with the size of the snapshot to get full resolution.

This worked to the max resolution of the iSight on my older MacBook Pro; it's worth a try on the current models with their FaceTime HD cameras.

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Quicky by BlackOp is my choice. it lets you do lossless webcam video capture. I then do a frame dump from the video with Quicktime Pro 7

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