New LifeCams announced; Photo Swap available for all LifeCams

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Microsoft today announces two new LifeCams, webcams built for use with Windows Live Messenger.  A desktop model, the VX 7000, pictured above, features:

a 2.0 megapixel sensor to deliver High Definition video (2.0 MP) and still photography (7.6 MP interpolated) and brings a sleek new design to desktop webcams. The VX-7000’s additional features and benefits include the following:
•The slim, glossy, sleek design allows the LifeCam to blend seamlessly into the PC monitor.
•The built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation delivers crystal-clear audio.
A 71-degree, wide-angle lens fits more people on the screen at once.
Automatic adjustments for low-light conditions provide superior color quality.
•The glass element lens delivers clear video quality.
•An illuminated LED indicates the camera is in use.

Also announce is a new laptop model, the NX 3000:

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This new LifeCam features brilliant video (640×480 pixels), High Definition still photography (1.3 MP) and a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation. The LifeCam NX-3000 also offers these features:

Automatic audio control provides enhanced sound clarity.
•The swivel lens allows users to adjust the camera angle for ultimate notebook mobility.
•An illuminated LED indicates the camera is in use.
Video Effects enable users to personalize video calls with fun visual elements such as snow, stars and flowers.
•The protective carrying case enables easy and convenient portability while on the go.

Both models will be available for pre-order on Amazon, the VX 7000 for $99.95, and the NX 3000 for $59.95, and are expected to be available in September.

In addition, a new feature called Photo Swap is also being announced.  Photo Swap allows photos to be shared during a webcam session:

which lets users share digital photos live during a video conversation. One click of the Photo Swap icon opens a window next to the video call so users can pick available photos on their PC and flip through them with their friend. Photo Swap is easy to use and works like a virtual photo album, allowing consumers to see and hear the reactions of their friends and family in real time as they view the pictures together.

This new feature is available for all models of LifeCam, adding to a set of features already available, including the Windows Live Call Button, the LifeCam dashboard, and One Touch Blogging