This should be the year of the HD webcam, at least if all the announcements at CES back in January are anything to go by.
However, Microsoft launched its first HD capable webcam last year when it introduced the LifeCam Cinema. This was a rather pricey at $80/€50 and with that in mind we’re talking a look at its more affordable sibling, the LifeCam HD-5000.
The LifeCam HD-5000 has an MSRP of $49.95 (about €37) and can already be found retailing for as little as $40. This makes it the first truly affordable HD capable webcam. It’s of course “limited” to 720p, but this isn’t a huge problem, since most standard internet connections won’t allow you to stream video in 1080 anyhow.
As this is a more affordable model to the LifeCam Cinema, Microsoft has of course removed a few features, but none of them appear to have a huge impact on the performance.