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Logitech adds webcams with 720p, more

updated 10:30 am EDT, Wed July 29, 2009

Logitech Seven New Webcams

Logitech today overhauled nearly all of its webcams at once with seven new models, including two high-end models. The Webcam Pro 9000 is one of its first to capture in HD and supports 720p for those apps that recognize it. It has other similarly high-end features with a native 2-megapixel sensor, automatic light compensation and Carl Zeiss optics. Shipping begins in August for this and all other cameras mentioned today; the 9000 should sell for $100 and will be matched by the C905, an equivalent intended for notebooks.

In the mid-range, the C600 is very similar in features but without Zeiss optics and a larger ball design for $70. The C500 drops to 1.3 megapixels for $50.

At the low end, the C300 (not yet linked) has the same sensor as the C500 for $50. The C250 uses just a VGA (640x480) sensor at $40, and the C200 has the C250's features but drops support for video effects filters present on all the other cameras in return for a $30 price point.

All of the cameras support Logitech's Vid software for simplifying calls with inexperienced users.

Webcam Pro 9000



C905



C600 (C200, C250, C300 and C500 similar)




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Oh dear...

    And this is on Macnn, why?

    System Requirements
    OS: Windows® XP (SP2 or higher)
    Processor: 1 GHz (2.0 GHz recommended)
    RAM: 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended)
    OS: Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    Processor: 1 GHz (2.0 GHz recommended)
    RAM: 512 MB RAM or more

    Anyone see OS X in there?

    The Macnn wannabe journo kiddies really are scraping the barrel for news this week huh.

  1. Appleman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    WindowsNN?

    Indeed, nothing is mentioned about Mac OS X compatibility.
    So why mention it?

  1. MisterMe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Old News

    Logitech's QuickCam® Vision Pro, which is geared toward Mac users, has done 720p for the better part of a year. The Webcam Pro 9000 looks nearly identical to its older QuickCam® Vision Pro sibling. For whatever reason, Logitech charges $30 more for the QuickCam® than for the Webcam.

  1. delete

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Helpful?

    Great, even more webcams that don't work with OSX. This is really helpful reporting.

  1. mqualben

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mac version better

    The exposure and focus of the Mac model (Vision Pro) are controlled by a chip inside the camera, whereas in the Windows version (Pro 9000) these are controlled by software drivers, which costs less but hogs the processor. Forget HD on PC with the 9000 in the real world unless you have a very fast system.

  1. mqualben

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mac version better

    The exposure and focus of the Mac model (Vision Pro) are controlled by a chip inside the camera, whereas in the Windows version (Pro 9000) these are controlled by software drivers, which costs less but hogs the processor. Forget HD on PC with the 9000 in the real world unless you have a very fast system.

  1. jvlahos

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    9000 on mac

    i use the 9000 on a mac (purchased about 8 months ago). my mac (iMac G5 20" ambient light running 10.5.6) recognized it immediately. I use iglasses from ecamm.com to zoom, change settings, etc. it's not as ideal as using it on a PC, but it was only $50 on sale at the time.

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