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5MP 30fps Sep 2012
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Face Tracking Release Date
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#1196 - Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam Video Review
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio Unboxing and Review (Compared to LifeCam HD)
Review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD Webcam

13 Reasons For

A Top Selling Product

The LifeCam Studio is one the fastest selling webcam currently available.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Microsoft has good average reviews for its low megapixel count webcams as well as across its entire webcam range compared to other manufacturers.

Features Face Tracking

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio features face tracking, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam Studio do not feature face tracking.

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USB Powered

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is USB powered. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam Studio are not USB powered.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam Studio, the LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone.

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Full HD

The LifeCam Studio is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio are not Full HD.

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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac Operating System

This webcam supports a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion|Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion|Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac operating system, which is the most commonly supported Mac operating system on similar spec webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has a Zoom Capability

Unlike most of the other low megapixel count webcams that came out more than two years ago which do not have a zoom capability, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a zoom capability.

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Has a Snapshot Button

Unlike most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam Studio which do not have a snapshot button, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a snapshot button.

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Quite Long Cable Length

With a cable length of 1.829 meters, the LifeCam Studio has a quite long cable length compared to most of the other low megapixel count webcams that were launched more than two years ago. The shortest cable length of webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio is 0.73m and the longest is 5.7m.

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1080p Supported Video Mode

The LifeCam Studio supports a better supported video mode than most webcams of a comparable age and spec to it. This webcam supports a 1080p supported video mode, whereas most webcams of this age and spec support a 480p supported video mode.

This webcam's supported video mode (1080p) is actually the best supported supported video mode amongst all webcams that came out more than two years ago.

A 480p supported video mode is the worst supported supported video mode amongst comparable types of webcam.

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Fairly Wide Diagonal Field of View

The diagonal fields of view of webcams of a comparable spec and age to the LifeCam Studio range from 59° to 360°, and the average diagonal field of view is 99°. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a quite wide diagonal field of view (75 degrees) compared to most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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Short

Across all the webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam Studio the heights range from 0.7" to 6.6". At only 1.77 inches, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is quite short compared to most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam Studio.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Most webcams of a comparable age and type to the LifeCam Studio do not have a motion detector. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a motion detector.

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Not Mac Compatible

The LifeCam Studio is not Mac compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been available for more than two years are also not Mac compatible.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of low megapixel count webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam Studio is 2x, the biggest is 10x, and the average digital zoom is 4.5x. The LifeCam Studio has a fairly small digital zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Heavy

With a weight of 128 grams, the LifeCam Studio is one of the heavier webcams of a similar age and spec to the LifeCam Studio amongst webcams of this age. Across all the webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam Studio the weights range from 0.35g to 480g.

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Quite Big Minimum RAM

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a fairly big minimum RAM (1,024 megabyte) compared to most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio. Webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam Studio have minimum RAM of between 32MB and 1.1GB.

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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

When compared to other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed, the minimum hard disk space of the LifeCam Studio of 1,536 megabyte is one of the biggest. Across all the webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Studio the minimum hard disk space range from 130MB to 1.6GB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a fairly typical maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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Released Over Six Years Ago

This Microsoft webcam was released over six years ago.

USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many low megapixel count webcams that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The LifeCam Studio has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over twenty-seven times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Mobile Operating System
Diagonal Field of View
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Normal Focusing Range
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Still Image Resolution
Supported Video Mode
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Mount
Colour
Interface
Certification
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Mac Compatible
Minimum System Requirement
Operating System
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Safety
Width
Height
Depth
Frequency Range
Packaging Data
Quantity

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Expert Reviews

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24 January 2013

At first the price looks alarming, but you can get this camera for £65 or less if you look about. We don't like the fact that the autofocus is dreadful, and the minor glitch when using a USB hub...

17 September 2012

The closest to being there, that is pretty much what you get with the Microsoft LifeCam Studip webcam . With brilliant color and crystal-clear audio, this webcam with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor... Read more…

Design and finish
Excellent picture quality in good light
Automatic focusing and good audio quality
Software package supplied
Screw hole for tripod attachment (the same size as a camera)
No 1080p video (only for photos)
Bitrate isn't quite high enough for lowlight conditions
Needs a powerful PC for max settings
No 1080p video recording with included software
720p video chat currently only available with
22 December 2011

Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip), the Microsoft Touch Mouse clearly brings productivity to the table. By simply using intuitive...

21 August 2011

Software: Microsoft LifeCam Studio comes with LifeCam 3.0 software which is simple and easy to use. The LifeCam 3.0 offers many fun effects such as afro-hairdo and cowboy hat which you can apply...

22 July 2011

It isn't cheap, but it's simple to operate and image quality is excellent ? and it can record 1080p if you have the software...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 2 May 2013 by Razzzmatazzz
Razzzmatazzz would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

After being hounded by my girlfriend Tieler,I broke down and purchased a webcam. I went through 7 different makes and models all under 30 dollars each. They were basic and easy to use with fair to... Read more…

Reviewed 1 December 2011 by Jim a.
(Verified Purchase)

If you think you'll just pop in a solid state drive and install the OS, you're likely very mistaken. You'll want to research the support forums FIRST, make sure your candidate drive and machine... Read more…

Reviewed 19 January 2014 by Tbroughton
Tbroughton would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio (Verified Purchase)

This webcam installed easily on my Win7Pro system. The drivers installed fast and I was setting up the webcam quicker than anticipated. The webcam adjusts on every axis, is easy to adjust to... Read more…

Reviewed 10 July 2012 by Robert P.
(Verified Purchase)

1. If you are copying data to or from a USB 2.0 device, don't expect it to go faster now that an SSD is involved. 2. The USB 2.0 speeds are still a bottleneck when transferring files. Don't expect... Read more…

Reviewed 15 January 2013 by Robert R.
(Verified Purchase)

I updated the firmware on all drives, didn't change the status on the drive. Still reported failure. I tried to RMA to Newegg but put the drive into the wrong (indentical) packaging and after a... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 5wh00002, q2f00013, q2f00001, 5wh00003, microsoft 1080, microsoft 1080p, microsoft gt0074, microsoft gt0074b, microsoft p133198, microsoft p213260, microsoft q2f00013, microsoft p133198p, microsoft q2f00001, microsoft q2f00015, microsoft q2f00014, microsoft p213260p, microsoft q2f00018, microsoft 5wh00003, microsoft 5wh00002, microsoft 5wh00002p, microsoft 1920x1080, microsoft q2f00015p, microsoft 5wh00002pr, microsoft q2f00015pr, microsoft hz5wh00003, microsoft q2f00015pro, microsoft 5wh00002pro, microsoft lysb01i5zgsg
Barcodes 00031111924886, 00042111334520, 00085370234305, 00088021359970, 00132017856582, 00163120265565, 00601000780253, 00616268724765, 00617407476156, 00758399161184, 00763615767033, 00763615969253, 00785307931270, 00797045614797, 00885370139808, 00885370139822, 00885370139839, 00885370234299, 00885370234305, 00885370234312, 00885370249453, 00885370428179, 00885370428186, 00885370428254, 00885370428346, 00885370428360, 00887596056099, 00999996731916, 00999996732425, 03610480094467

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