Microsoft Hardware today also announced a new LifeCam product: the LifeCam VX-2000 (pictured right). Microsoft says it is an "easy-to-use webcam with a built-in microphone and vivid VGA video" and that it will retail for $30. The VX-2000 also features 1.3MP still photography and can auto-adjust for low-light conditions. The new product brings Microsoft's total number of LifeCams to 10, priced from $30 to $100. Here is a quick feature list for the new product:
- VGA Video Sensor: enjoy clear VGA video and sharp 1.3 megapixel (interpolated) still photos. Camera auto-adjusts for low-light conditions for the best video possible.
- 1.3 megapixel still photos (interpolated): take 1.3 megapixel photos to share with friends and family.
- Built-In Microphone: automatically picks up your voice with remarkable clarity.
- Up To 30 Frames Per Second: capture up to 30 frames per second, which means the video images you see are smooth and seamless.
- Easy to use: set up in minutes with Plug and Play.
- Video Effects: discover a fun way to express yourself with these entertaining video effects built into the LifeCam dashboard.
- Windows Live Video Messages: send a video message to your contacts anywhere, anytime - even if they are not online. Send and receive video messages directly from your desktop using the exclusive LifeCam Video Message gadget.
- Optimized for Windows Live Messenger: lets you chat online via text, voice and video. Combine the features of Windows Live with the LifeCam VX-2000 for an unforgettable experience.
The LifeCam VX-2000 will be available in June, and will come with Microsoft's worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty.