updated 12:50 pm EST, Tue February 20, 2007
New webcams from Maxell
The Japanese division of Maxell is about to launch three new webcams, the first from the company to be certified for Windows Vista. At the low end are the PM8 and PM9, which are fairly standard 0.3 megapixel (640x480) models, except that the 9 (pictured) has an unusual "neck" which lets it swing out wide from its resting place. The high-end PM10 sits at the top of a monitor, as with most webcams, but is graced with a 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and has autofocus capabilities. The cameras should be out in Japan tomorrow at an "open" price, dictated by retailers.