Carl Zeiss optics and a 90-degree field of view are both traits of Logitech's new C930e webcam.
Logitech today announced what it claims is its most advanced webcam for businesses, the "Logitech Webcam C930e" (just C930e from here on out). The C930e touts some industry first features, including an extra wide 90-degree field of view, support for the H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 video encoding standards, and high-definition digital pan, tilt, and zoom, Logitech says.
With a 90-degree field of view, Logitech says it's possible to show a full whiteboard on an office wall during a brainstorming session. Furthermore, the Carl Zeiss lens is engineered to avoid the fish eye distortion that often plagues wide-angle images. Should you need to zoom in on a single person, the C930e provides a digital pan-tilt-zoom feature that maintains a high-definition image at up to 4X magnification.
The C930e is optimized for Microsoft Lync. Maximum PC is told it doesn't yet have Skype certification (as of February 13, 2013), though it is compatible with Skype, as well as most unified communications and videoconferencing applications.
Look for the C930e to be available in May 2013 for $110, with compatibility for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.