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Creative's Live! Cam Optia AF is the Rolls Royce of webcams

Evan Blass
03.15.07
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We're not too big into 'camming' or video chats -- one of the joys of working at home is a mandatory bathrobe dress code -- but had we taken another career path that involved people paying us to perform in front of the camera (you know, juggling, magic tricks, etc.), we'd want to give our customers the best show possible with Creative's new Live! Cam Optia AF. Taking a huge step up from the original VGA Optia (pictured above), the AF offers not only the auto-focus that its name suggests, but a two megapixel CCD capable of 640 x 480 video at 30fps as well. The glass-lensed cam also sports dual microphones, USB 2.0 connectivity, 270 degree swivel with auto reorientation, and a software suite that adds face tracking capabilities, auto levels, video / voice effects, remote monitoring, and background noise filters. No word yet on pricing or release for what Creative immodestly calls "the most advanced webcam on the market," so professional virtual entertainers keep your eyes peeled.

Update: Now with pricing and release info --Creative says to expect the AF in April for around £80 ($155) -- and a real pic!

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