Logitech announces Skype-based TV Cam HD

The Skype service is rapidly gaining more users for its Internet based audio and video chats. A few weeks ago, its new owners at Microsoft claimed that Skype generated 115 billion minutes worth of calls in the April-June quarter, up 50 percent from the year before.

Now Logitech is jumping onto the Skype bandwagon with the announcement today of its new TV Cam HD camera, which includes support for Skype. Logitech states:

Using a simple, bundled remote controller, the Logitech TV Cam HD lets you call anyone using Skype on any platform, whether they are on their smartphone, tablet, HDTV or computer. Simply sign into Skype with your existing Skype Name, or create a new account on your HDTV, and you are a few clicks away from making a Skype video call from the comfort of your couch.

The camera has both WiFi and Ethernet support for connecting to a home network, along with an HDMI port for connecting to most HD televisions. The camera has a Carl Zeiss-made wide angle lens that's designed to get a group of people in one shot. It also has four microphones and a ringer that goes off whether the TV is turned on or off.

Logitech will sell the Skype-based TV Cam HD later this month in the US for $199.99; it will be released in Europe in September.

Source: Logitech | Image via Logitech

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nice product but i agree.
At that price 1080p should be standard and since its 720p i would expect a max price of 160.

Looks like a great product for $200 - something like this would be ideal for my Mother, who is not terribly computer-savvy, and has to visit my sister's place to use Skype.

I also wonder what kind of OS this is using?

belto said,
but will it support macs? for instance mac mini?

This is a stand-alone unit, the only thing that it connects to is an HD TV and optionally a wired network.

blade1269 said,

We're is the ps3 Skype app... Come On M$


Or rather ... "Where is the PS3 Skype app? Come On Microsoft!"

Somehow you might be waiting quite a while for Microsoft to provide a version of Skype for PS3.
If any games console is going to get a Skype app anytime soon, it'll be Microsoft's XBox 360.

DJGM said,

Or rather ... "Where is the PS3 Skype app? Come On Microsoft!"

Somehow you might be waiting quite a while for Microsoft to provide a version of Skype for PS3.
If any games console is going to get a Skype app anytime soon, it'll be Microsoft's XBox 360.

I lol'd at his spelling & at the fact he remembered the $ in M$

theyarecomingforyou said,
720p? No thanks.

If it wasn't for that it could have actually been a pretty decent product.

You need full 1080? I doubt it.

Cyborg_X said,

You need full 1080? I doubt it.

Need? No. But for the price it should be considered an absolute minimum.

Microsoft's LifeCam Studio 1080p is a fraction of the price.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Need? No. But for the price it should be considered an absolute minimum.

Microsoft's LifeCam Studio 1080p is a fraction of the price.

And Microsoft's product is a standalone product? This is the whole thing in one package, you don't need a computer or a console, you just need an internet connection and a tv

Yeah, for $200 I'd expect more. Maybe when someone else comes out with one it will be competitively priced.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Need? No. But for the price it should be considered an absolute minimum.

Microsoft's LifeCam Studio 1080p is a fraction of the price.


and I should add that 1080p on it does make a difference, picture is noticeably better than that of Cinema (which is a great webcam too), even with 720p mode.

Max Norris said,
A little pricey

yeah - they tried this a couple of years ago with their Logitech V-U0022 TV webcam - was too expensive back then and failed too.

Shyatic said,
I already have a Kinect, and I'm pretty sure that will do my Skyping just fine at some point soon.
Many new TVs have Skype built-in as an app similar to Netflix or Hulu. If one has said TV and no Xbox they can use this camera.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 5 2012, 2:33pm :