New Microsoft webcam promises improved colour video

Microsoft this week announced the LifeCam HD-5000 which the company claims offer superior colour and brightness when compared to traditional webcams.

Dubbed TrueColour Technology, MS says the webcam’s software will automatically adjust and improve the picture when calls are made under low light or uneven lighting conditions.

Additional features of the device include 720p HD sensors, Auto Focus and a flexible attachment base that bends to fit on most surfaces, including on top of flat-screen monitors and notebook screens, or directly on the desk.

Microsoft also announced that the HD-5000 with a white faceplate will be sold at some big box retailers with the model number HD-5001. The HD-5001 is identical in functionality to the HD-5000 but by giving it a separate model number, the big box retailers can sell the webcam without having to worry about honouring their low price guarantee.

The LifeCam HD-5000 will be available in April for $60. TrueColour Technology will be available via a software download from the Microsoft hardware site.

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