1080p HD Webcam Released By Microsoft

I’m a university student, so having a webcam on my laptop is very helpful. When I’m away from home, I can call up and have a free conversation with my family through my webcam. However, when it comes to webcams, the quality of the image is often the greatest problem. To combat this problem, Microsoft has released their own webcam which is capable of shooting 1080p HD video.

Stan Schroeder over on Mashable.com has an article about the new webcam, which is called LifeCam Studio. The camera features improved auto focus, Microsoft’s TrueColor and ClearFrame technologies as well as a 360-degree range of view. This camera has been developed so that when the new Microsoft Windows Live Messenger 2011 client, which includes HD video calling in 16:0, consumers will have a product with which to use the software.

However, the article says that the software which comes included with the camera caps the video chatting and recording at 720p. This would be a problem, if it wasn’t for the internet. Chances are some enterprising techie will develop software which will let the camera be used to its full potential. As we saw with iTunes, when there’s a problem, chances are somebody will develop the solution.

The camera is available later this month in the US at Best Buy stores for an estimated price of $100. You can pre-order the camera from Best Buy’s website. What do you think of this camera? Is it worth the cash for HD webcam chat? Let us know in the comments.