July 02, 2010 by Lisa Montgomery
Do I really want to see all my co-workers in high-def during a videoconference? Maybe not, but for those of you craving better picture clarity from webcams, Logitech is offering a new lineup of HD webcams and software to facilitate two-way live video in HD.
The webcams support 720p video calling, 1080p video recording and one-click HD-uploading to Facebook and YouTube, if you want the whole world to see what you’re up to.
The flagship model, HD Pro Webcam C910 ($99.99) has two integrated microphones to support conversations in stereo. Even though it can do a lot, it’s surprisingly small. Measuring a mere 25 millimeters deep, you’ll barely know it’s on your desktop.
You can get more video into the picture, too, with the C510 ($59.99), which features a mount that can be swiveled to capture anyone who’s in the room. The camera folds up to fit in your pocket, so you can continue to video call from your hotel room, the office or a friend’s house. Both cameras come with the necessary Vid HD software (free).
In the near future, you may not even need a computer to stay visually connected with your friends and family. Word is that Logitech’s upcoming Google TV product will be compatible with its family of high-def webcams and will come with the Vid HD software preloaded. In a nutshell, you’ll be able to conduct video calls directly from an HDTV.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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