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Benchmark-setting consumer webcam

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article image Synchronised voice and video calling over the Internet.

LOGITECH has released the QuickCam Fusion webcam, establishing a new benchmark for consumer performance with its breakthrough audio, video, and software technologies.

With a true 1.3 megapixel sensor, proprietary RightLight and RightSound technology and an integrated microphone, the QuickCam Fusion vastly improves audio and video performance over previous-generation webcams.

Recommended by Microsoft for use with MSN Messenger Video Conversation, the new webcam greatly improves synchronised voice and video calling over the Internet.

The new webcam is the first to come with Video Effects software, which gives consumers the option to really personalise their video calls.

This first-of-its-kind software allows people to completely transform themselves into three-dimensional animated characters that mimic facial movements, or to add accessories to their on-screen image, such as a pair of glasses or a crown.

Video Effects software works with all popular instant messaging applications including MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger(AIM).

“The introduction of the QuickCam Fusion is a real milestone for consumer video communications,” said Marco Manera, general manager of Logitech Australia. “We’re breaking new ground with our webcam technologies – audio and video, hardware and software – making video calling over the Internet more natural and more personal than ever before.”

Logitech’s RightLight technology is a system of hardware and firmware technologies that improve the image quality of a webcam in a wide variety of lighting conditions, particularly in low light.

It consists of advanced sensor technology, sophisticated firmware and high-quality lenses that work together to deliver greater light sensitivity and optimised skin tones, while minimising distortion of the images.

The QuickCam Fusion also features an ultra-wide field of view lens, which provides 78 degrees of visibility – making it convenient for an entire family to join a video call.

It can capture still images at resolutions of up to 1.3 megapixels without software enhancement, or up to four megapixels with software enhancement. This is also Logitech’s first webcam certified to support the faster data rates of Hi-Speed USB.

With an integrated microphone, a bundled stereo headset and RightSound technology, the QuickCam Fusion provides flexibility in conducting video calls, while maximising audio performance.

Until now, using a webcam with a live audio and video calling application required wearing a headset because of echo or feedback created by computer speakers and microphones located in close proximity.

Integrated with the webcam’s software drivers, RightSound technology consists of advanced software algorithms that eliminate echo, so people can communicate freely without a headset – just as they would when they’re in the same room as a friend or a family member. For a private conversation, the included high-quality stereo headset is very convenient.

The webcam has a stylish new low-profile design that brings it closer to eye level. Instead of sitting high above the computer’s monitor, the eyeball-shaped lens rests only slightly above the display. A flexible clip can attach to any display, whether it’s a traditional desktop CRT or a flat-panel LCD.

When in use, the Logitech logo, located on the face of the webcam, lights up with a soft blue glow. When not in use, the integrated privacy shade can be used to cover the lens for an added level of security.

The webcam itself is smaller than other Logitech designs – the lens housing is only 1.6 inches tall. A chrome metal ring around the lens, subtle detailing and the polished metallic midnight blue webcam body help it match the most sophisticated of modern computer designs.

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