ZOOM™ Ships iMac™ Styled, Live Motion Color Camera
Bundled with Full Retail Version
of Award-Winning CU-SeeMe® Software
Boston, MA, July 28, 1999 - Zoom Telephonics, Inc.
has begun shipping a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface
live-motion, full-color camera for Macintosh iMac™ and
Power Macintosh™ computers with a USB port. Estimated
retail price of the ZoomCam™ USB Model 1596 camera is
$80. The camera's software bundle includes a full retail ($69.00)
version of White Pine's award-winning CU-SeeMe™ video
The affordable ZoomCam USB
for Macintosh computers installs in seconds, plugging into
an iMac or Power Mac USB jack. Since the computer's USB port
itself provides power for the ZoomCam USB, no other connections
The camera's still-image capture resolution
is rated up to 704 x 576 pixels. For subjects in motion, the
ZoomCam USB's software-selectable frame rate can be as high
as 30 frames per second in QCIF (Quarter Common Intermediate
The versatile ZoomCam USB is suitable
for a variety of tasks. Users can enjoy interactive videophone
conversations or send video e-mail to family and friends via
the Internet. The camera may also be used for videoconferencing,
presentation production and Web site imaging. The ZoomCam
USB can even be utilized as a security or baby monitoring
camera. For flexibility in positioning and mounting, the camera's
stable base features a rubber, anti-slip pad and is threaded
to accommodate a standard camera tripod.
software bundle is impressive. Included is the full retail
version of CU-SeeMe video conferencing software. This is the
most popular video client worldwide and is used broadly by
education, home, and business users. The camera is also bundled
with SmithMicro® VideoLink™. Superior to ordinary
e-mail, VideoLink Mail lets users put a face and voice to
e-mail messages for truly memorable live-motion video communications.
Microsoft NetMeeting™ and iVisit™ multi-party
video conferencing software, and PaintShopPro SE image editing
software are also packaged with the camera.
closeups to boardroom group shots, the ZoomCam USB adjusts
easily to capture nearly any image favored by users. The camera's
superior f1.5, multi-element, anti-reflection coated lens
focuses between 1.5 inches and infinity. Its 60° wide
angle view can take in an entire room while automatic exposure
control, brightness and contrast adjustment, backlight compensation,
and fluorescent light flicker correction assure crisp, clear
images under a variety of conditions. The ZoomCam USB's driver
software complies with the QuickTime® standard for easy
interface with most popular video applications. Still images
captured by the camera may be edited easily using Adobe®
software such as Photoshop® or PhotoDeluxe®. Video
generated by the ZoomCam USB can be viewed on any Mac with
the Apple® MoviePlayer™.
to add the ZoomCam USB to our line of Macintosh products,"
said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice-President of Sales and Marketing.
"We feel it's a perfect add-on for iMac and Power Mac
computers and is yet another example of our continuing commitment
to the Mac community."
A communications leader
since 1977, Zoom designs, produces and markets faxmodems for
both PC and Mac platforms, Wireless LAN products, Home Phoneline
Networking devices, ISDN products and other products that
link people and their personal computers through the world's
largest network, the international telephone network, and
connected networks including the Internet and corporate local
area networks. Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on NASDAQ
Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold