Logitech has unveiled the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks, featuring lenses designed in collaboration with Carl Zeiss, one of the world's leading optics companies.
Combining Logitech's webcam leadership with Carl Zeiss's 160-year history of optical expertise, these new QuickCam Pro-series webcams establish a new standard for webcam image quality – making video calls of image-perfect detail and clarity a reality.
Logitech has been driving webcam technology since its inception and recently shipped its 50-millionth webcam. The company's cooperation with Carl Zeiss represents a significant step in the evolution of video communications and ensures that the QuickCam Pro 9000 and the QuickCam Pro for Notebooks are the first webcams to meet Zeiss's high standards for lens design and manufacturing.
The new QuickCam Pro-series webcams incorporate a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, a lens design renowned for delivering superior sharpness in a compact, lightweight design.
"We are excited to join forces with Logitech and to expand our reach into this interesting market," says Dr Winfried Scherle, GM and vice-president of Carl Zeiss's camera lens division. "The new webcams announced today are just a preview of the advancements in image quality that we anticipate from this collaboration."
Robert van de Vegte, regional director of Logitech in South Africa, adds: "People will be amazed by the outstanding image quality of these webcams. Logitech's goal with our webcams has always been to better connect people from around the world. With Carl Zeiss, the company that essentially invented the science of camera optics, we are closer to making video communications nearly indistinguishable from having a conversation in the same room."
Logitech did not stop with Carl Zeiss optics, however. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and QuickCam Pro for Notebooks webcams also use a premium autofocus system for fast, fluid focusing that eliminates the inconvenience of manual focusing. With Logitech's autofocus system, the webcams compensate for changes in image-edge sharpness. Logitech's autofocus system refocuses images in less than three seconds and helps ensure that images remain crisp even in extreme close-ups (up to 10 cm from the camera lens).
For video communication, both webcams work effortlessly with popular video messaging applications, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!Messenger and AIM.
For high-definition video capture, the QuickCam Pro 9000 and QuickCam Pro for Notebooks record video at up to 30 frames per second. And because both webcams support the 720p high-definition (HD) video format, recording to disc at a resolution of 960 by 720 pixels, users can capture and view sharp video clips.
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks webcams also feature a true two-megapixel sensor than can capture up to eight-megapixel photos (with software interpolation), as well as RightSound and RightLight 2 Technology – all working together to enhance the video calling experience.
With more than 15-million downloads to date, Logitech Video Effects – which include avatars, face accessories and the new Fun Filters – make video calling more entertaining. The Video Effects software allows people to completely transform themselves into three-dimensional animated characters (avatars), or add accessories such as glasses or funny hats to their on-screen image.