Swiss accessory manufacturer Logitech has announced a new addition to its desktop video conferencing lineup.
The Full HD Logitech Webcam C930e offers a number of industry-first specs, including a 90 degree field of view - the widest currently available in a business-standard desktop webcam. The inclusion of a Carl Zeiss-certified lens is designed to help cut out fish-eye distortion, while a digital pan-tilt-zoom feature helps allow transitions in point of view during HD video calling at up to 4x magnification.
Potential deployment scenarios include being able to display a full whiteboard during an office brainstorm session or presentation, according to Logitech.
Elsewhere, the C930e supports the H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 encoding standards, so video is processed within the camera itself and quality is intelligently scaled down in line with bandwidth availability and fluctuations.
"We designed the Logitech Webcam C930e to meet the demands of our business customers for the highest-possible video quality and for features that enhance face-to-face collaboration," said Eric Kintz, senior vice president of Logitech's business arm.
"At the same time, we implemented standards such as H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 to deliver maximum performance, even when available bandwidth is low or the PC's processor is heavily burdened," he added.
The C930e is optimised for Microsoft Lync and compatible with Cisco, Skype, and other major communications applications. Additional specifications include autofocus, an external privacy shutter, and Logitech RightLight 2 - a technology the company claims boosts image quality in low-light situations.
Logitech's Webcam C930e is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It is expected to become available worldwide in May 2013 for £99.99, and interested parties can register their interest on Logitech's website.