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Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 Webcam

1MP 30fps Sep 2012
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Face Tracking Release Date
Share life on the go using this 720p HD notebook webcam. Enjoy a high-quality widescreen image, Auto Focus, and the vivid colour and clarity of TrueColor Technology. 720p sensor records true... More
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11 Reasons For

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Microsoft low megapixel count webcams have good reviews on average and across all webcams Microsoft is one of the better rated brands.

Features Face Tracking

The LifeCam HD-6000 features face tracking, unlike most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000 which do not feature face tracking.

It is worth considering other webcams which also feature face tracking including the Logitech C110, or the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000.

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USB Powered

The LifeCam HD-6000 is USB powered. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam HD-6000 are not USB powered.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The LifeCam HD-6000 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

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Has a Zoom Capability

Unlike most of the other low megapixel count webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-6000 which do not have a zoom capability, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has a zoom capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative webcams with a zoom capability currently available including the Logitech TV Cam HD, or the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema ($42.99) which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at other webcams which also have a zoom capability including the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000.

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Very Shallow

Across all the low megapixel count webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam HD-6000 the depths range from 0.9" to 13". The LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly shallow (only 1.1 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 1.1 inches, the LifeCam HD-6000 is one of the narrower low megapixel count webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000 amongst webcams of this age. The average width of webcams that were released more than two years ago is 2.7", and the widths range from 1.1" to 9".

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1280x720@28fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The LifeCam HD-6000 has a 1280x720@28fps resolution at capture speed which is better than the 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed found on most similar spec webcams that came out more than two years ago. Across all webcams that have been available for more than two years the resolution at capture speed ranges from 640x480@30fps (worst) to 1920x1080@30fps (best).

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Very Shallow

The shallowest webcam that came out around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 is 8.2mm deep and the deepest is 440mm. The LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly shallow (only 28 millimeters) compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam HD-6000.

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Very Narrow

The LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly narrow (only 28 millimeters) compared to most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000. The average width of low megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 is 84mm, and the widths range from 15mm to 700mm.

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Light

The weights of webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 range from 0.35g to 480g, and the average weight is 110g. With a weight of only 45.9 grams, the LifeCam HD-6000 is one of the lighter similar spec webcams that were released more than two years ago amongst similar spec webcams of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams of this spec and age, the LifeCam HD-6000 does not have a motion detector.

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Not Mac Compatible

Most low megapixel count webcams that were released around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 are not Mac compatible. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is no exception to this as it too is not Mac compatible.

If you want a webcam that is Mac compatible then you might also want to look at the HP 2100 ($42.97).

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Quite Short Cable Length

At only 0.736 meters, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has a very short cable length compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam HD-6000. Across all the low megapixel count webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000 the cable lengths range from 0.73m to 5.7m, and the average cable length is 1.8m.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most low megapixel count webcams that have been available for more than two years do not have a snapshot button. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other webcams of this type and age, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 does not have a night mode.

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Not Full HD

Most comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-6000 are not Full HD. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you want a webcam that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Logitech TV Cam HD which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Minimum RAM

The minimum RAM of low megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 range from 32MB to 1.1GB. When compared to other comparable spec webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 that we have assessed the minimum RAM of, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000's minimum RAM of 1,024 megabyte is one of the biggest.

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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

The minimum hard disk space of webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 range from 130MB to 1.6GB. When compared to other webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000, the minimum hard disk space of the LifeCam HD-6000 of 1,536 megabyte is one of the biggest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the LifeCam HD-6000 has a relatively standard maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available including because of it's better review score, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema ($42.99).

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Microsoft released the LifeCam HD-6000 over five years ago.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams of a similar age and spec to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the LifeCam HD-6000 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Colour Depth
Diagonal Field of View
Digital Zoom
Normal Focusing Range
Still Image Resolution
Supported Video Mode
Resolution At Capture Speed
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
Operating System
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Technical Feature
Width
Height
Depth
Viewing Angle
Frequency Range
Packaging Data
Bundled Software
Quantity

Expert Reviews

11 July 2013

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Compact lightweight
720p 30fps
Auto Focus
42 image effects
Plenty of customisable video-capture options
Glossy
Poor sound quality
Requires refocusing with every subtle movement, picture is often extremely bright
Requires refocusing with every subtle movement
Picture is often extremely bright

User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 January 2011 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

The 5000 and 6000 seem to be practically identical, but this one really is setup for for a laptop. If you're on a desktop (especially if your machine is not right next to your montiors), get a... Read more…

The audio and video on this camera is very high quality
HD video, 4x pictures. The settings on the software are pretty comprehensive, too. See other thoughts
Very small form factor, nice clip for mounting to laptop screen, high image quality, built in microphone
Sturdy, high zoom, 1080p 60 fps, 360 panorama, separate switch to turn onoff the digital zoom. Twin zoom controllers, limited manual controls. Super sensitive microphones
The 720p widescreen is no joke. This camera has flawless, lagless video capability. Works great fullscreen on my 25 inch widescreen monitor
I didn't see anywhere that this was a LAPTOP version of their camera. I had used the HD 5000 for 6 months at work (excellent camera) and bought two of these 6000's for my momdad and I. Doesn't clip to
Auto-focus. See other thoughts
1) after 45 minutes of skype use my Dell Vostro 1500 started to get very hot and began dropping calls. The vid cam requires the CPU to encode, its not built in and thus can put your computer to work
2) the autofocus is very sensitive and seems to attempt to refocus at times when you wouldn't want it to
3) built in microphone picked up feedback where as built in laptop mic did not

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 7pd00010
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