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If you use Skype for real time video chatting (or if you’re curious and want to try it out), and you have an Internet-connected Panasonic Viera HDTV, there’s a new product that brings these two high-tech marvels together. The new Panasonic TY-CC20W Skype camera is designed to integrate with Viera HDTVs, and it manages to be more compact, better looking and capable of producing a higher-quality image than its previous generation.
Installation is as simple as plugging it into a high-speed USB 2.0 port on your Viera HDTV, affixing it magnetically to the top of your set, and logging into your Skype account. An integrated hinge allows you to fine-tune the angle of the camera and four unidirectional microphones work together to deliver clear sound to the people with whom you’re communicating. The previous generation of this camera was only capable of recording 22 frames per second in HD, but the new TY-CC20W is capable of 30. The lens has also been upgraded to provide better picture quality.
The new TY-CC20W has a more refined, sleek look, which will blend in better with your entertainment system. It’s nearly half as tall as before, and a good bit narrower. The styling and integration are seamless with Viera HDTVs, and it will look like this camera came from the factory installed on top of your TV.
Why hunch over a cumbersome laptop when you need to communicate with business associates, friends and loved ones? Share an excellent looking and great sounding version of yourself, while bringing an almost life-sized moving image of them live on your Viera HDTV, with the new Panasonic TY-CC20W Skype camera.
|Microphones||4 unidirectional mics|
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Compatibility||Panasonic Viera HDTVs, Skype Certified|
|Requirements||Viera HDTV, high-speed Internet access, Skype account|
|Dimensions||7 x 0.6" (180 x 16mm)|