Logitech today presented its QuickCam Fusion webcam, which features a 1.3 megapixel sensor, Logitech RightLight to improve image quality, Logitech Rightsound to enhance audio performance and an integrated microphone.
One of the new things that comes with the QuickCam Fusion is the Logitech Video Effects software, which 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. This nifty piece of software works with all popular IM clients such as MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and AIM.
The Logitech QuickCam Fusion webcam uses Logitech RightLight technology, which is a system of hardware and firmware technologies that improves the image quality of a webcam in a wide variety of lighting conditions, particularly in low light. Logitech RightLight technology consists of advanced sensor technology, sophisticated firmware and high-quality lenses that work together to deliver greater light sensitivity and optimized skin tones, while minimizing distortion of the images.
The Logitech QuickCam Fusion webcam 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. The Logitech QuickCam Fusion webcam can capture still images at resolutions of up to 1.3 megapixels without software enhancement, or up to 4 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 Logitech RightSound technology, the QuickCam Fusion webcam provides people with flexibility in how they conduct video calls, while maximizing 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, Logitech 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, a high-quality stereo headset is also included.
The Logitech QuickCam Fusion webcam has a stylish new low-profile design that brings the webcam 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 display or a flat-panel display. 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 design itself is smaller than other Logitech webcams -- the webcam lens housing is only 1.6 inches tall. A chrome metal ring around the lens, subtle detailing and polished metallic midnight blue webcam body help the webcam match the most sophisticated of modern computer designs.
The Logitech QuickCam Fusion webcam has a suggested retail price of $99.99 in the U.S. It will be available at retailers and online beginning this month in both the U.S. and Europe.