Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Don't back away from the screen in terror; we've had it on good authority that the Hercules Dualpix HD720p you see here is actually considerably smaller in real life.  What such a large image does help show you, though, is that the webcam is HD 720p capable, complete with an autofocus lens and integrated microphone.

It also articulates in two different ways, which means you should be able to find the perfect way to get yourself in shot, even if displaying more esoteric parts than your handsome face.  The 1-megapixel CMOS (1280 x 800) can capture 30fps 720p video, or interpolated pseudo-5MP stills, and the whole thing hooks up to your XP/Vista/Windows 7 PC via USB.

If your skin is up to 720p quality and you're not satisfied with the in-built webcam many laptops now have, then you can pick up the Hercules Dualpix HD720p from early next month.  It'll be priced at around $59.99.

Press Release:

Hercules Dualpix HD720p for Notebooks Offers High Definition Resolution with Multiple Positioning Options

NEW YORK, NY – (August 27, 2009) – Hercules, a specialist in IT devices including multimedia speaker sets, webcams, DJing solutions and consumer-friendly WiFi products, debuts a new era of mini webcams for notebooks with the Hercules Dualpix HD720p. This ultra-mobile high definition webcam solution brings 720p of high definition resolution to the mobile user generation. Whether serving in the military, a student studying abroad or a parent away from home, this new breed of webcam will help you stay connected starting in early September 2009 for the SRP $59.99 at Buy.com, NewEgg.com, Dell.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

The Hercules Dualpix HD720p has the capability of rotating on two axes for the best angle, capturing pictures and angles unachievable by earlier models of webcams. No matter how far away from home you are, with the wide-angle auto focus lens, exceptional image quality even in low-light conditions and a built-in microphone, you will feel like you are home with your loved one. At the start of each chat session the Dualpix HD720p will automatically rotate the picture angle and detect your position, further angle adjustment during the chat session can be achieved by using the software.

Specifically designed for laptop PC's, the Dualpix HD720p features a new, highly secure attachment system that allows you to travel safely and move your computer around as needed without the webcam coming loose. The two rotation axes allow vertical or horizontal placement on the top or the sides of the screen and the wide-angle lens shows the room behind for the perfect video capture. It also features the Hercules Xtra Controller Pro software suite which enables users to share photos, videos and live music tracks during the conversation, thus eliminating the need to send these files prior to the virtual meeting.

Product Specifications Include:

1 megapixel CMOS sensor (1280 x800 pixels) for perfect image quality, even in low-light conditions

5 Megapixels photo resolution (interpolated mode)

HD720p (1280x720pixels) video resolution with up to 30 frames per second for perfect flowing 16/9 HD videos, ensuring the most realistic images ever

Wide angle autofocus lens with 3x zoom

High-quality built-in microphone

USB 2.0 Video Class (UVC) interface for high-speed transfers and ultra-simple driver free installation

Compatible with videoconferencing applications including Windows Live™ Messenger and MSN® Messenger Skype®, Aol Instant Messanger® and Yahoo!® Messenger

Compatible with Windows® XP, Vista 32/64 bit and Windows® 7

Dimensions: 28 x 55.4 x 62mm

Discover the complete Hercules webcam range at www.hercules.com