updated 10:30 am EDT, Wed July 29, 2009
Logitech Seven New Webcams
Logitech today overhauled nearly all of its webcams at once with seven new models, including two high-end models. The Webcam Pro 9000 is one of its first to capture in HD and supports 720p for those apps that recognize it. It has other similarly high-end features with a native 2-megapixel sensor, automatic light compensation and Carl Zeiss optics. Shipping begins in August for this and all other cameras mentioned today; the 9000 should sell for $100 and will be matched by the C905, an equivalent intended for notebooks.
In the mid-range, the C600 is very similar in features but without Zeiss optics and a larger ball design for $70. The C500 drops to 1.3 megapixels for $50.
At the low end, the C300 (not yet linked) has the same sensor as the C500 for $50. The C250 uses just a VGA (640x480) sensor at $40, and the C200 has the C250's features but drops support for video effects filters present on all the other cameras in return for a $30 price point.
All of the cameras support Logitech's Vid software for simplifying calls with inexperienced users.
Webcam Pro 9000
C600 (C200, C250, C300 and C500 similar)