Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD vs Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

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Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Top Prices

Amazon US
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Adorama
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Newegg UK
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Amazon US
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Adorama
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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
1GB smaller minimum hard disk space Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 500MB minimum hard disk space webcam. That's 1GB smaller than the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (1.5GB).
512MB smaller minimum RAM Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 512MB minimum RAM webcam. That's 512MB smaller than the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (1GB).
Cheaper by $22
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD costs $22.38 less than the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.
8 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a megapixel of 5MP, however the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is only a 3MP webcam (2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the image a webcam records is measured in megapixels. A webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels records 1,310,720 pixels or roughly 1.3 megapixels.

A higher number of megapixels means the webcam is able to record finer detail. The resolution of the image is, however, not the only factor which contributes to the overall image and video quality of the webcam.

Zoom capability Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a zoom capability, however the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD does not have a zoom capability.
26% higher maximum interpolated image resolution Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is a 5MP maximum interpolated image resolution webcam. That's 1.3MP higher than the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD (5MP).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone, whereas the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD does not have a built-in microphone. Read more

A webcam with built-in microphone allows you to record sound and video at the same time.

A built-in microphone is essential when using the webcam for video calls and you will not need to attach an external microphone to your computer or laptop. If you want to use a webcam to record images only, a built-in microphone is not required.

19% longer cable length Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a cable length of 1.83m. That's 0.33m longer than the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD (1.83m).
Available from 1 shops
The more retailers stock this webcam, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Expert reviews are hugely better
Based on 37 reviews, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has an average expert review score of 84%, but the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD has an average rating of 40% (based on 2 reviews).
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 340 reviews, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has an average user review score of 88%, but the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD has an average rating of 75% (based on 49 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 3MP webcam. That's 2MP lower than the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (5MP). Read more

The resolution of the image a webcam records is measured in megapixels. A webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels records 1,310,720 pixels or roughly 1.3 megapixels.

A higher number of megapixels means the webcam is able to record finer detail. The resolution of the image is, however, not the only factor which contributes to the overall image and video quality of the webcam.

Does not have a zoom capability Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD does not have a zoom capability, however the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema does.
A lot lower maximum interpolated image resolution Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD has a maximum interpolated image resolution of 3.7MP, however the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is a 5MP maximum interpolated image resolution webcam (1.3MP higher).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD does not have a built-in microphone, whereas the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone. Read more

A webcam with built-in microphone allows you to record sound and video at the same time.

A built-in microphone is essential when using the webcam for video calls and you will not need to attach an external microphone to your computer or laptop. If you want to use a webcam to record images only, a built-in microphone is not required.

0.33m shorter cable length Edit
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 1.5m cable webcam, whereas the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is a 1.83m cable webcam (0.33m longer).
Less retailers
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is only stocked by 2 shops, whereas the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is stocked by 3 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this webcam remaining in stock.
Expert review Rating is vastly Worse
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD's average expert score is only 40%, however the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema's is 84% (based on 37 reviews).
User review Rating is much Worse
The Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD's average user score is only 75%, however the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema's is 88% (based on 340 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
Vastly bigger minimum hard disk space Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a minimum hard disk space of 1.5GB, however the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 500MB minimum hard disk space webcam (1GB smaller).
A lot bigger minimum RAM Edit
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a minimum RAM of 1GB, however the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD is a 512MB minimum RAM webcam (512MB smaller).
$22 more expensive
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is more expensive than the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD by $22.38.
Seven months older
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is older than the Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD by seven months.

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Date Released

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Performance

Megapixel
3MP 5MP
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
Zoom Capability
 Zoom capability
 Zoom capability
BEST
Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 - 65
Plug and Play
 Plug and Play
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -40 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
BEST
 Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Linux Operating Systems Supported
 Linux operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Unknown - Click to provide data 73°
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Unknown - Click to provide data 73°
Diagonal Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 73°
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus
 Auto focus
 Auto focus
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
3.7MP 5MP
BEST
Photo Feature
 Photo feature
 Photo feature
Supported Video Modes
 720p
 720p
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1280×720@30fps
 640x480@30fps
 1280×720@30fps
 640x480@30fps
Maximum Image Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 2880 x 1620

Design

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Mounting Type
 Clip
 Stand
 Clip/Stand
 Clip
 Stand
 Clip/Stand
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Interface
 USB 2.0
 USB 2.0
Certification
Unknown - Click to provide data ICES, EIP, CE, WEEE, VCCI, CITC, KCC, GOST, FCC, UL, cUL, CB
Cable Length
1.5m 1.83m
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 95.3g
Height
Unknown - Click to provide data 55.9mm
Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data 40mm
Width
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm

Other Features

USB Powered
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB powered
Mac Compatibility
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac compatibility
Optical Drive Required
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Optical drive required
Minimum System Requirements
Unknown - Click to provide data CD-ROM
Compatible Operating Systems
Unknown - Click to provide data Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP SP2 (32/64-bit)
USB Required
 USB required
 USB required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
500MB
BEST
1.5GB
Minimum RAM
512MB
BEST
1GB
Minimum Processor
2.4GHz Intel Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
Width (imperial)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.81"
Height
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.2"
Depth (imperial)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.58"
Frequency Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 200Hz - 8000Hz

Packaging Data

Laptop Clamp
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Laptop clamp
Manual
 Manual
 Manual
CRT Stand
Unknown - Click to provide data
 CRT stand
LCD Clamp
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LCD clamp
Desktop Stand
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Desktop stand
Bundled Software
Live! Central 3 Lite Unknown - Click to provide data
Quantity
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