Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 and VX-3000

Microsoft has recently launched two new webcams, the LifeCam VX-6000 and LifeCam VX-3000 featuring a Live call button, which enable the users to connect with a buddy in his contact list with a single click.

LifeCam-6000The new LifeCam VX-6000 and the LifeCam VX-3000, according to Microsoft, are the next-generation Webcams are especially optimized for use with Windows Live Messenger. The new LifeCam VX-6000 and the LifeCam VX-3000 include a number of unique features, which include:

  • Windows Live Call Button which is located at the top of each webcam brings up a list of buddies who are currently online and allows you to quickly place a video call.
  • Buddy Picker is a tool that allows users to see and select from current online buddies
  • LifeCam Dashboard which has been built right into the new Windows Live Messenger software provides easy access to controls such as pan, tilt and zoom
  • One-touch blogging feature allows users to post LifeCam pictures directly into their Windows Live Space blogs.

The LifeCam VX-6000 provides the highest quality still photography at 5.0 megapixels interpolated), high definition video (1.3 megapixels), and 3x digital zoom. The VX-6000 has a 71-degree wide-angle lens that allows for up to three people to join-in the conversation.

The LifeCam VX-3000, according to the company, provides high definition still photography (1.3 megapixels interpolated), and brilliant video (640×480 pixels).

LifeCam-3000The LifeCam VX-6000 will able to capture very high resolution still images at 5.0 megapixels resolution and HiDef video at 1.3 megapixels. Lifecam VX-6000 also features a 71 degree wide angle lense covering much larger space. The LifeCam VX-3000 is capable of capturing still images at up to 1.3 megapixel resolution and video at 640×480 pixels.

Both LifeCam VX-6000 and the LifeCam VX-3000 feature a noise-cancelling microphone for clear audio without adding clutter from extra headsets or external microphones and include a universal base for easy attachment to all sorts of monitors. In addition, both new LifeCams come with fun video effects, such as falling snowflakes and twinkling stars, to personalise and enhance the background of video conversations.

“As we develop Windows Live we’re looking for innovative solutions that bring relationships to life. Our internal business partnership with Microsoft’s Hardware team is helping us to deliver on our promise of bringing people closer to the people, content and communications that matters most to them,” said Kate Beddoe, Head of Windows Live at ninemsn.

Both LifeCam VX-6000 and the LifeCam VX-3000 works only with Microsoft Windows. LifeCam VX-6000 is priced at $100 while LifeCam VX-3000 webcam would costs $50 and will be available in August 2006.

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