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Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 Webcam

1MP 30fps 1280 X 720 Sep 2012
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
Put Yourself On The WidescreenThis true HD camera gives you bright and colorful video, and makes it easy to post to your favorite social sites. True 720p HD VideoRecords true HD-quality video at... More
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6 Reasons For

A Best Selling Webcam

The LifeCam HD-3000 is a popular choice amongst customers who purchased webcams in the last 3 months.

Good Brand

Microsoft is one of the superior webcam brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Microsoft also has good reviews for its low megapixel count webcams.

Good Product Quality

One Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Micromart.co.uk wrote in their review of this webcam three years ago “Good video quality for the price” but they only rated it 3 stars.

USB Powered

The LifeCam HD-3000 is USB powered, unlike most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-3000 which are not USB powered.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other USB powered webcams currently available including because of it's better review score, the V7 Elite Webcam 2000, the A4Tech PK-635, or the Mediatech MT4040.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The LifeCam HD-3000 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000.

Alternative webcams with a built-in microphone currently available that you might want to look at include the V7 Elite Webcam 2000, the Mediatech MT4040, or the Kloner KWC0078 which has better reviews.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has a zoom capability. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 do not have a zoom capability.

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9 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This low megapixel count webcam received an expert rating of 60% from micromart.co.uk. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this Microsoft webcam.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams that came out more than two years ago, the LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a motion detector.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The LifeCam HD-3000 does not feature face tracking, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been on the market for more than two years also do not feature face tracking.

We think you might also be interested in other webcams which also feature face tracking including the A4Tech PK-635 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Mac Compatible

The LifeCam HD-3000 is not Mac compatible. Most of the other webcams of this type and age are also not Mac compatible.

Webcams which are Mac compatible that might be worth looking at include the A4Tech PK-635, or the Logitech C120 ($34.00).

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a snapshot button, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a snapshot button.

Other webcams which also have a snapshot button that you might also want to consider include the Gembird CAM0360U-1, the V7 CS720A0 ($35.99), or the Logitech B500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam HD-3000, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other webcams which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider including the Gembird CAM0360U-1.

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Not Full HD

The LifeCam HD-3000 is not Full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of this spec and age are also not Full HD.

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Quite Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

The LifeCam HD-3000 has a fairly big minimum hard disk space (1,500 megabyte) compared to most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-3000. The minimum hard disk space of webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 range from 130MB to 1.6GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 440MB.

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Quite Big Minimum RAM

Webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam HD-3000 have minimum RAM of between 32MB and 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM is 430MB. With a minimum RAM of 1,024 megabyte, the LifeCam HD-3000 has a fairly big minimum RAM compared to most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-3000.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has a relatively typical maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam HD-3000.

There are a number of other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the C120 ($34.00), or the B500 both from Logitech or the V7 Elite Webcam 2000.

Webcams with a higher maximum frame rate that might be worth looking at include the Gembird CAM0360U-1 (60fps and higher rated).

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Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when this Microsoft webcam was released.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams of this type and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the LifeCam HD-3000 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels webcam, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity Range
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Windows Operating System
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Diagonal Field of View
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Normal Focusing Range
Still Image Resolution
Supported Video Mode
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Mount
Colour
Interface
Certification
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Mac Compatible
Minimum System Requirement
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Minimum Hard Disk Space
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Minimum Processor
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Height
Depth
Viewing Angle
Frequency Range
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Quantity

Expert Reviews

(1)
25 April 2013

Microsoft's LifeCam range has been around for a while now, and the LifeCam HD-3000 is a couple of years old. That makes it pleasantly cheap (you can pick one up for under £20), but be warned that... Read more…

Qualit d'image correcte (jour et nuit) en 640 x 360 pixels
Mise au point automatique et suivi du visage
Suite logicielle complte
Good video quality for the price
Automatic light compensation works well
Dbit d'images trop faible en 720p
10 images par seconde
Surexpose dans une salle claire
Blancs brls
Bouche les noirs dans une pice sombre

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 27 September 2011 by Royston
Royston would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Excelent Purchase. The Web Cam Gives A Perfect Picture Could Not Wish For Anything Better...

Good Value
It is a new 7, has a good screen resolution 1920 x 1080), a good size hard drive 1 TB), and has dual band 802.11AC. The sound is also decent compared to other laptops I have used. I was able to ins
Good picture and sound for the price
Perfect picture
Removable
Minus one egg because of the difficulty in upgrading the memory. It took a lot of time. The memory slots and hard drive are not easy accessible through a simple removable panel. The touchpad does not
Driver Is Broken
Not Supported
Poorly Designed
Nothing
Reviewed 17 July 2013 by Aaron93
Aaron93 would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Excellent quality webcam, well worth the price I paid for it!

Very fast machine with SSD installed
Long battery life, 6 hours of browsing and Netflix, without heavy gaming, no problem
Strong graphics card, will play all games at least in medium settigs and most at high. you should be plugged in to get the best graphics
Slim and light
Pleasant design with backlit keyboard
The only con is that it isn't always stable on your computer. Sometimes I would have to adjust it to get it centered
Awkward Mount
Mounting to desktop monitor is a little flimsy
Trying to open the packaging
No CD-ROM drive
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Jim New Bern
(Verified Purchase)

I use this camera for Skype and it produces sharp clear pictures. However the microphone leaves a lot to be desired. My Skype partners cannot hear me without shouting and I have the settings... Read more…

Removable
Price
Clarity
Sound
Programs that come with it
Weak
The clip could be better not much else
Not particularly bothersome at this moment, but if you do use it as a "lap"top, be ware that it runs a bit warm, 80 85c with various entertainment options running at the same time. I strictly use it a
Also, the reason why I always connect another usb keyboard to it, is that the original keyboard simple will not allow you to press too many keys at once. No kidding I can't even move properly in the f
I have had this product for some time

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers generic t3h00011, microsoft t3h00011, microsoft t3h00001, microsoft t3h00013, microsoft t4h00002, microsoft t3h00012, microsoft t4h00004, microsoft t3h00016, tcht4h00002 tcht4h00002
Barcodes 00012300210775, 00012301846003, 00021112281279, 00041114074716, 00053786205602, 00080000378262, 00085370428421, 00088021462236, 00088021462243, 00088022220859, 00132017805726, 00132017856469, 00151903612323, 00151903612507, 00163120463909, 00601000780161, 00611101586517, 00617407486193, 00644535522721, 00758399161313, 00763615994149, 00763615994316, 00785307934783, 00791583253456, 00801947372652, 00801947375806, 00804067423181, 00808113035595, 00809396070105, 00885370228045

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