I’ve never been one for webcams myself, but I do follow the technology trends and Microsoft seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to these things. The new LifeCam Studio features a 1080P HD sensor that will work with the new Messenger 2011 which will feature video calling.

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.

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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.

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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 LifeCam(3), 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(4) 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.