Webcam maker Logitech and Lens maker Carl Zeiss has announced a collaboration to improve webcam image quality.

Following in the footsteps of Nokia with its camera phones, the keyboard and mouse manufacturer has turned to the 100 year old lens manufacturer and signed an exclusive relationshop wiht Carl Zeiss.

Logitech says the move "marks a significant step in the development of webcam optics".

The first webcams designed in collaboration with Carl Zeiss will be the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks.

The two new models are expected to be available in the US and Europe in July for a suggested retail price of $99.99 and £60 respectively.

Not surprisingly Dr. Scherle, general manager of the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens division said on the back of the announcement: "Image quality is only as good as the lens that captures the image".

Logitech cite the move to improve its webcams because of greater demand for higher quality images on faster broadband connections.