The latest products to come out of Microsoft Hardware’s Webcam Lab are the HD5000 and HD5001 webcams. This means that along with the Lifecam Cinema HD, we’ve now have three webcams available that deliver an HD picture. The 5000 and 5001 are similar cameras with the same HD optics, the difference between the two being that the 5000 is designed for desktops and the 5001 is optimized for laptops with a shorter cord, a carry case, and the ability to spin 360 degrees. Both retail for $50.
Daniel Anguiano from the hardware team joined me to show us the new cams and some of the new features on the 5000 series, and to talk about why Microsoft has so many different webcams.