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Microsoft launches 2 new LifeCam series for Notebooks

lifecam 5000 and lifecam 6000Having reviewed both the Microsoft LifeCam Show and Cinema, I can already tell the qualities of the newer webcams announced today by Microsoft Australia. The 2 new webcams are the LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks.

Below is the official press release from Microsoft Australia.

Microsoft Launches New High Definition Webcams

TrueColor Technology Brings Colour to Life

SYDNEY — June 21, 2010 — Microsoft brightens your video calls with its latest series of High Definition webcam’s – featuring TrueColor Technology, a groundbreaking new image processing technology that provides impressive colour and brightness in even the worst lighting conditions.

The new range, comprising of two cameras, the LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks, has been designed to give you crystal clear viewing, no matter where you are. TrueColor Technology automatically adjusts the picture quality to provide a more colourful video whether outside in bright sunshine or in the living room with low light in the evening. These LifeCams also feature 720p HD sensors and Auto Focus technology. In addition, TrueColor will be available with the recently launched LifeCam Cinema through a software update.

“Colour quality and brightness are critical aspects of video calls. Through our research we know that a large number of video calls are held in either low light conditions or uneven lighting, and these are challenging situations for any webcam and represent a common pain point for webcam users,” Danica Aitken, Product Marketing Manager, Internet Communications Hardware, Microsoft ANZ. “Our engineers at Microsoft Hardware created TrueColor Technology to improve the video experience, combining software and firmware to help people look bright and natural in virtually any lighting situation.”

True Colours Shining Through

Microsoft’s new image processing technology analyses the environment, automatically adjusting the LifeCam settings to provide brighter and more colourful video. TrueColor Technology includes face tracking technology, developed by Microsoft Research, which can detect a person’s face and help ensure it’s not overexposed or underexposed, so the video call picture can look great even in the most challenging lighting scenarios.

LifeCam HD5000LifeCam HD-5000

Launching with Microsoft’s new TrueColor Technology, the LifeCam HD-5000 offers high quality video in most lighting scenarios and is the only webcam on the market to offer 720p HD widescreen video and Auto Focus for a recommended retail price of $99.95. The LifeCam HD-5000 also features a flexible attachment base that bends to fit on most surfaces, including on top of flat-screen monitors and notebook screens, or directly on the desk, so people can use it at home on the desktop or with their notebook while on the road.

LifeCam HD5000LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks

The LifeCam HD-6000 includes TrueColor Technology, 720p HD widescreen video, Auto Focus and a design just for notebooks. The LifeCam HD-6000 features a 360-degree rotation view so people can point the webcam in any direction to share more with friends and family. With a compact design, short three-foot cord and carrying case, the LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks is the perfect webcam for sharing life on the go. The recommended retail price for the HD-6000 is $129.95.

Key Specs

  • True 720p HD video: 720p sensor records true HD-quality video at up to 30 fps
  • Auto Focus: Images stay sharp and detailed even during close-ups
  • 16:9 Widescreen: For cinematic video recording
  • TrueColor Technology:  Automatically controls exposure for bright and colourful video
  • Three-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
  • Optimised for Windows Live Messenger: Seamlessly integrated with Windows Live Messenger for easy setup and use
  • Works with:  Windows Live, Yahoo! Messenger + AOL Instant Messenger and Skype
  • Windows Live Movie Maker: Start a project with one click, then upload widescreen video to social networking sites
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery: Easily upload a photo that you can edit, tag, and share with friends and family

Windows Live Call Button: It’s simple to start video calls.  One touch of the Windows Live Call Button lets you see who’s online, and you’re on your way to making a video call*

Pricing and Availability

The LifeCam HD-5000 is available now the recommended retail price of $99.95 and the LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks will be available in May for the estimated retail price of $129.95 The LifeCam HD-5000 and LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks will be available for pre-sale on Amazon.com and Buy.com starting today.


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