Logitech Wi-Fi Webcam works seamlessly with your existing webcamBy Shawn Knight
Logitech has announced a new wireless webcam that delivers an added level of flexibility to video recording and live streaming. The Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam works as a standalone shooter or in conjunction with the camera built into your notebook and is able to stream directly to uStream.
The camera is capable of 720p video quality over Wi-Fi and can transmit a signal from roughly 50 feet away to your iPhone, iPad, Mac computer or the aforementioned uStream broadcast option. The camera is said to work seamlessly with FaceTime, iChat and Skype for Mac. Recordings can easily be edited using iMovie or Final Cut Pro.
A button on top of the camera will allow users to toggle between the Logitech camera and the Mac's integrated camera. Mono sound comes standard but there is a microphone input if audio recording is important to you. Video is recorded in H.264 format and there's a 3x digital zoom on tap (sorry, no optical zoom).
The included carrying case doubles as a convenient stand with a magnetic base to hold the camera in place. A standard tripod mount offers a bit more flexibility should you need it.
There are a few drawbacks to be aware of with the Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam. If you haven't already figured it out, there is no support for Windows-based PCs or other handsets. That may or may not change down the road but as of now, only Mac / iOS devices are supported.
Logitech says the webcam is good for up to two hours of wireless recording; that number will decrease should you elect to use the integrated video light. A charging cable / USB cable will keep you up and running for hours on end but that sort of eliminates the lure of true wireless.
The Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi is available now for pre-order with plans to ship sometime later this month in Europe and the US. Expect to shell out $199.99 / £159.99 for the opportunity.