updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon October 2, 2006
2 Megapixel HP Webcam
A number of new HP laptops already ship with built-in webcams, but users of any computer looking for a straightforward means of adding video chats to their PCs can consider a new camera from the same company. The simply-titled 2 Megapixel HP Webcam (PDF) can clip to the display of a desktop or laptop computer and delivers relatively high-resolution video: a smooth 30 frames per second is possible at 800x600. Still shots are also possible at 1600x1200, and hardware face tracking ensures that the right subject is always properly exposed in the shot. Expectedly, HP's entry into advanced webcams connects through USB and requires Windows XP. Pricing and availability isn't yet available.