Microsoft will soon debut the LifeCam Cinema, the first webcam to truly support 720p HD video at 30fps. It's a high-end model with an aluminum frame, glass lens, auto-focus, 4x digital zoom and a digital, noise-cancelling microphone.
The LifeCam Cinema webcam is expected to hit retail stores on September 9 for around $80.
This is the first consumer webcam to support 720p video at 30fps. That’s the full 1,280x720, unlike some other attempts at so called HD video for some 2 Megapixel webcam’s that only managed 960x720 which isn’t really HD.
Other features include a glass lens, auto focus, 4x digital zoom and a digital, noise-cancelling microphone that is mounted on the top of the camera. Microsoft has also implemented what it calls ClearFrame technology which is meant to deliver smooth, detailed video, although we’re not quite sure what this does.