iRez will launch the KritterDigital, its full-motion Web camera, at MacExpo 2001 next week.

The FireWire webcam retains the "animalistic" design of the company's Kritter-cam range, and is encased in a translucent graphite enclosure. Because it uses FireWire, it offers 16 times the data-transfer rates available to USB-based Web cams.

Joel Barthelemy, president of iRez's parent company Par Technologies, said: "As a new breed of peripheral, the KritterDigital with FireWire is the most powerful digital-video camera for users who need higher-quality video output than USB connections can provide."

Long stand The product ships with a camera stand, and a two-metres long FireWire cable. It ships with Reel-Eyes video-editing software, and the iSpQ video-chat application.

Controls include auto/manual brightness, exposure and white balance, manual focus, zoom, iris, backlight compensation, sharpness, saturation, and gamma. The camera is recommended for use with Mac OS 9.x, a G3 processor, 64MB of RAM. OS X support is promised in future. The KritterDigital costs £219.95 (ex. VAT), and will be distributed in the UK by AM Micro.

MacExpo 2001 runs from November 22 to 24 at London's Islington Business Design Centre.