updated 11:55 am EST, Thu February 8, 2007
Brando USB Panda Webcam
Brando today introduced its friendly-looking USB Panda Webcam. As suggested by its name, a camera is nestled inside the plush figure of the iconic Chinese animal. The body is soft enough to be easily picked up and handled, Brando writes, which makes it an ideal choice for kids. Its lens is also manually adjustable for a 50mm to infinity focus range and comes with onboard automatic exposure as well as white balance correction.
Video capture performance is modest, with full-speed recording taking place at 320x240 while running at a half rate of 15 frames per second at a much larger 640x480. The Panda Webcam works as a USB camera for almost any video chat software and exports from Brando for $24.