Logitech teams with Skype to offer high-quality video conferencing

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Logitech and Skype Videoconferencing

Logitech and Skype have teamed up to offer “high-quality” video conferencing, which is VGA resolution (640×480) at up to 30 fps. In order to take advantage of the improved video quality you will need a new Logitech High Quality webcam, a dual-core Intel based PC and Skype version 3.6.

The supported webcams include the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000, the QuickCam Orbit/Sphere AF or the QuickCam Pro for notebooks and they all include a Carl Zeiss auto-focus lens. They range in price from $99 to $129.

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  • J.A. Watson

    Why the unnecessary restriction?

    In the Skype 3.6 beta releases, it was possible to manually activate the higher resolution video with cameras other than the three Logitech cameras mentioned in this article. It was proven in the Skype User Forums that a variety of other webcams were capable of 640×480 resolution video, both from Logitech and from other manufacturers. With the 3.6 production release, this manual activation capability has been removed, so only users with one of the three specific Logitech cameras will be able to benefit from higher resolution video. It is surprising that Skype has decided to relegate the majority of their existing users who own webcams to "second class status", apparently only because of a marketing agreement with Logitech. If the Skype/Logitech "High Quality Video" is truly superior, as they say, then why not let it stand on its own merits, and allow users with other webcams to benefit from the improved resolution? One would think that this would encourage more webcam owners to start using Skype for video calls, and probably encourage more users to buy the "better" Logitech cameras, when they see how good High Quality Video can be.