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Microsoft unveils new LifeCam with 1080p HD Sensor

Microsoft unveils the new LifeCam Studio, featuring high-definition video with a true 1080p sensor. In addition to a high-quality video picture, LifeCam Studio features a tripod thread, perfect for recording long video captures from different angles, allowing a 360-degree view range so that you can easily point the camera at yourself or around the room. An elongated hood helps to protect the lens from stray light to avoid washed-out colors. LifeCam Studio will be available later this month for the estimated retail price of $99.95...

PRESS SUMMARY

Check out the Microsoft Lifecam Studio details and specificationsLifeCam Studio is the perfect HD video calling companion for Windows Live Messenger 2011.

Microsoft Corp. today sets a new standard in webcams with LifeCam Studio, featuring sharp high-definition (HD) video with a true 1080p sensor1. Microsoft's newest LifeCam is the perfect complement to Windows Live Messenger 2011, which will offer HD video calling in a 16:9 widescreen format so everyone can easily be seen in the video call with amazing detail2. When people can't attend an important life moment in person, LifeCam Studio delivers the closest thing to being there.

As Microsoft's first webcam with a 1080p sensor, LifeCam Studio delivers superior sharpness and image quality in video calls. The native 1080p sensor is more than twice as large as the 720p HD sensors on the market and lets more light in so people experience great video in virtually any lighting condition. Whether the sun is streaming in the window or the user is lit only by the light from the computer monitor, LifeCam Studio brings friends and family closer than ever before.

Better Together With Windows Live Messenger 2011

The launch of Microsoft's latest HD LifeCam comes at an exciting time for webcam users with the recent announcement that Windows Live Messenger 2011 will support HD video calling this fall.

“With Windows Live Messenger, customers can now have richer, more meaningful conversations by sharing photos, playing games and, of course, instant messaging all while video chatting in HD,” said Michael Chang, group product manager, Windows Live Messenger. “We are thrilled to deliver HD widescreen video calls with Windows Live Messenger 2011, giving LifeCam users a more vivid and clear image for their video calls.”

More Than Just Good Looks

In addition to a high-quality video picture, LifeCam Studio features a stunning industrial design. But it's not just about great design; every piece of this webcam serves a purpose. The new webcam is Microsoft's first to feature a tripod thread, perfect for recording long video captures from different angles — not only in front of the monitor. LifeCam Studio also includes these features:

• A 360-degree view range, which means that users can easily point the camera at themselves or around the room — no need to pick up an entire laptop and turn it around.
• An elongated hood modeled after a high-end camera to help protect the lens from stray light to avoid washed-out colors.

First-Class Technology

LifeCam Studio features premium optics, with improved Auto Focus to keep objects in focus no matter how far the distance from the LifeCam3, and a high-precision glass element lens for superior clarity. It also includes two technologies to ensure video remains true to life in almost any environment:

• TrueColor Technology automatically delivers bright and colorful video in virtually any lighting condition and helps keep the most important part of the video call — the face — properly exposed.
• ClearFrame Technology helps keep video smooth and detailed even in low light.

Pricing and Availability

LifeCam Studio will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores later this month for the estimated retail price of $99.954 and is available on BestBuy.com starting today. Microsoft backs this product with a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty.

Additional information: Check out the Microsoft Lifecam Studio details and specifications
September 14, 2010
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