Microsoft launches two new LifeCam webcams

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Microsoft has announced two new webcams: the LifeCam Show and LifeCam VX-5500.

The LifeCam Show is a thin, mirrored webcam that attaches easily to a notebook or desktop PC via clip, or can be positioned on an 11-inch tall desk stand.

It offers two megapixel video recording and eight megapixel stills camera, plus built-in noise-cancelling microphone with echo-cancellation.

The lower-spec LifeCam VX-5500 comes with switchable coloured faceplates — red, white, or blue. It captures 640×480 video and 1.3 megapixel stills, and also the same style microphone as the Show.

Both come bundled with LifeCam software, which includes over 30 new video effects including 3D, facial exaggerations, and filters, which move realistically with the user’s head.

It also allows video messages to be recorded and sent over Windows Live or Vista widget.

Available from October, UK pricing to be confirmed. In the US, the LifeCam Show will cost $99.95, and the LifeCam VX-5500 $59.95.

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Andy Merrett