Microsoft has announced the launch of two new web cams, one of which is for desktops and is called the LifeCam VX-7000, while the other one, the LifeCam NX-3000 is a notebook unit. Along with this, the company also launched three new mice.
The sleek LifeCam VX-7000 desktop webcam has a 2.0 megapixel sensor that delivers High Definition video and still photography (7.6 mega pixel interpolated). This desktop webcam sports a slim and glossy design.
Moreover, the LifeCam VX-7000 desktop has a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation features. Plus, the 71 degree, wide-angle lens fits more number of people on the screen at one time.
The Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 notebook webcam captures brilliant video in 640×480 pixels. This webcam offers High Definition still photography (1.3 mega pixel).
Let’s take a look at the Salient features of the LifeCam NX-3000 webcam at a glance:
A built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation
Its swivel lens allows user to adjust the camera angle for ultimate notebook mobility
An illuminated LED which indicates that the camera is in use
Video effects enable users to personalize video calls with fun visual elements such as snow, stars and flowers
Comes bundled with a protective carrying case
Both the LifeCam VX-7000 and the LifeCam NX-3000 webcams share some common features, which are undoubtedly the best. They are noted below:
Photo Swap: The Photo Swap feature allows users to share digital photos with others, and see their reactions in real time. One click on this option opens a window next to the video call, so users can pick available photos on their PC and flip through them with their friend. Photo Swap is easy to use and works like a virtual photo album, allowing consumers to see and hear the reactions of their friends and family in real time as they view the pictures together.
Windows Live Call Button: Located on the top of each LifeCam, the Windows Live Call Button makes placing a video call a breeze by eliminating multiple steps. Just one touch brings up the Contact Picker, a tool that shows only current online contacts. Users simply select their contact’s name and they are on their way to making a video call — it’s like speed dialing for webcams.
LifeCam Dashboard: Built right into the Windows Live Messenger window for easy access during video calling, the LifeCam Dashboard provides simple access to the controls people need most, including pan, tilt and zoom. Now users’ attention stays where it should be — on their video conversation.
One-Touch Blogging: Users can post High Definition LifeCam pictures directly to their Windows Live Spaces blog with one click from within the LifeCam window.
Both Microsoft’s newly unveiled webcams will be available this month itself. The LifeCam VX-7000 Desktop Webcam costs $99.95, while the LifeCam NX-3000 Notebook Web cam carries a price tag of $59.95.