New LifeCam Studio: 1080p; optimized for Windows Live 2011

lifecamstudioWith at least an RC for Windows Live Essentials 2011 rumored to be coming at any time, Microsoft is adding some pretty cool new hardware optimized for Windows Live 2011: the LifeCam Studio.  In a press release issued today, Microsoft calls the new webcam “the perfect HD video calling companion for Windows Live Messenger 2011”:

The launch of Microsoft’s latest HD LifeCam comes at an exciting time for webcam users with the recent announcement that Windows Live Messenger 2011 will support HD video calling this fall.

“With Windows Live Messenger, customers can now have richer, more meaningful conversations by sharing photos, playing games and, of course, instant messaging all while video chatting in HD,” said Michael Chang, group product manager, Windows Live Messenger. “We are thrilled to deliver HD widescreen video calls with Windows Live Messenger 2011, giving LifeCam users a more vivid and clear image for their video calls.”

And the LifeCam Studio is indeed optimized for Windows Live:

Microsoft Webcams and Headsets - Optimized for Windows Live

Optimized for Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Movie Maker

Start a movie project with one click, then upload widescreen video to social networking sites.***

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery

Easily upload a photo that you can edit, tag, and share with friends and family.

Optimized for Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Call Button

The easy way to start a video call.****

The webcam features some pretty impressive specs, including full 1080p, auto focus, a tripod mount, and TrueColor and ClearFrame technology.  They’re available for pre-order exclusively at Best Buy for $99.99 USD, expected delivery dates of “Oct 3- Oct 8”