Amazon announced on Wednesday that the new Amazon Alexa voice assistant is getting an upgraded camera with a better field of view and image stabilization.
The new Alexa camera has a 12 megapixel sensor that Amazon says can capture images that are at least twice the resolution of the original, and it has an “enhanced” color sensor that allows for a more detailed, richer color rendering.
The new camera has an f/2.2 aperture that makes it able to capture images in high-definition, wide-angle mode, which is used in video chats, Amazon says.
The camera also has a new autofocus feature, allowing it to focus in different directions depending on the angle.
Amazon also said it’s working on adding more advanced camera features to the new Echo, which includes a new low-light mode, HDR, and a camera that can capture a greater variety of images in more scenes.
The Alexa camera will be available on the Echo for $159 starting next month, and the company also said a $40 Echo Camera Bundle will be offered for $99.