Microsoft Debuts the 1080P LifeCam Studio

Posted by at 11:49 am on September 13, 2010

Microsoft is aiming to set a new standard in webcams with LifeCam Studio, featuring sharp high-definition (HD) video with a true 1080P sensor 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.

As Microsoft’s first webcam with a 1080p sensor, LifeCam Studio is made to deliver 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.

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 quality video picture, LifeCam Studio features a stunning industrial design. The new webcam is Microsoft’s first to feature a tripod thread, 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, 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 $99.95 and is available on BestBuy.com starting today. Microsoft backs this product with a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty. More information about these and other Microsoft Hardware products can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware.

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