Microsoft's two new webcams, the LifeCam HD-5000 and the LifeCam HD-6000, shoot 720p video on the cheap, for $US50 and $US60 respectively. What makes them a little different is their new TrueColor technology, promising more vivid colours in any situation.
Webcams come a dime a dozen, and even cheap, HD devices aren't really enough to pique our interest. Most laptops these days have built-in cameras anyway, and for most purposes, they do the trick just fine. But there might come a time when you want to look good on your webcam, instead of like a pixelated, shadowy blob. Like when you get paired with a cutie on Chatroulette or when you have one of those Skype job interviews we keep hearing about.
Microsoft's LifeCam HD-6000 and LifeCam HD-5000 (and 5001, with a white faceplate) shoot 720p video at 30fps and have auto-focus. The TrueColor technology is what keeps you looking like you and not Swamp Thing:
Microsoft claims the "groundbreaking" image processing tech will give you better colour whether you're in a dim room or outside in the midday sun. This promo video shows some actual footage processed with TrueColor, so you can get an idea of just how clearly your blemishes will come through on the cameras:
What Microsoft perhaps hasn't considered is that it might be sort of weird being the only one on the internet who appears on webcam as they actually look on their. I always sort of considered the mediocre image to be the great equaliser.