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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam

$53.51
1MP 1280 X 720 Jun 2010
Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Zoom Capability Release Date
Eight industry awards
Good product quality
Reasonably priced
253 Reviews + 8 Awards
benchmarkreviews.com Gold toptenreviews.com Bronze hardware-pacers.com Editor's Choice Platinum Award Trusted Reviews Recommended
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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This webcam has received eight awards from webcam experts.

This Microsoft webcam was given a "Recommended" award by both Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl, both of which concluded that this webcam was good.

Three more expert review sites liked this webcam. This Microsoft webcam received a "Gold" award from Benchmarkreviews.com and Hardware-pacers.com gave it an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" and wrote it was exceptional. This webcam also received an "Excellent Hardware" award from Hardwareluxx.de, confirming their endorsement.

This Microsoft webcam was given a "Bronze" award by Toptenreviews.com who decided that this webcam was good.

This Microsoft webcam received a "Very Good" award from Clubic.com and Pcforalla.idg.se gave it a "Good Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this webcam is 84%. Webcam experts think this Microsoft webcam is one of the very best webcams of a comparable age and type.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 545 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Microsoft webcam is 90 out of 100. Over 88% of reviewers gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Based on 1,396 owner and expert reviews (including 182 verified purchases), Microsoft has good ratings for its webcams. Microsoft also has good ratings specifically for its webcams compared to other brands. 84% of those that bought a Microsoft webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Picture Quality

Several customers thought it produced a sharp image. Big John mentioned “With very sharp images” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Darksky mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review on Amazon “Picture quality is good and images sharp”. Four years ago Dr. A. D. Dutch wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “It works great producing clear sharp images even in low light levels, my previous web cam struggled with the light levels in our house” and rated this webcam 5 stars.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners said in their reviews that it produced a good quality image. Four years ago Geoff Lee said on Amazon “The image quality is extremely good” and scored it 80 out of 100. Geoff Lee also wrote “The image quality is great, up to 720p HD for video”. Four years ago Hugo Nogueira wrote in his review “Great image quality” and rated it 80 out of 100.

A number of people concluded that the product produced clear images. A. D. Vivas Alvarado mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “Perfect attachment to the monitor and clear image” and rated it as excellent. Geoff Lee mentioned on Amazon “Artificial lighting conditions you will get a very clear image” and rated this webcam 80 out of 100. Roy Wright mentioned in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “Easy to use whilst offering a clear image”.

Two customers concluded that the product had good colour saturation. Nick's wrote “It is quite clear, with good colours, i was thinking between microsoft lifecam 3000 or this? I am very glad i got this instead!” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Stevedover1965 wrote “The colours were good and light levels were automatically adjusted” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Sound Quality

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who purchased it agreed that it had a good microphone. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote “It has a microphone embedded which allows to listen very clear sounds too” and gave this webcam an excellent review score. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema three years ago “Great little product! Good quality picture and sound” and rated the product 4 stars. Angela Williams rated this webcam 5 stars and she mentioned in her review on Amazon four years ago “Love my Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, great picture and sound”.


Design

Easy to Use

Several people who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema concluded that it was easy to setup. Bellbean mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures”. Irfan Hafeez mentioned on Amazon “Easy to set up, just plug and play” in their review of this webcam. Mark Taylor said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “Excellent easy to set up Had an issue with my” and gave it an excellent review score.

A number of people wrote in their reviews that this webcam was easy to use. Jimmyd mentioned in their review “A brilliantly clear easy to use web cma crystal clear quality”. Leon said on Amazon “Play item plus it was easy to use with a great sharp picture” in his review. Martin B wrote “The cam is very easy to use and the mic is far better than the previous microsoft webcams I have used” and rated it as very good.

Two people who reviewed this webcam agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Ab..c said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “There are lots of settings to apply, such as color balance, which in my case is at its minimum setting” and scored the product very highly. Three years ago Wayne H. scored it very highly and he wrote “Remember to set it up with your computer sound mic settings to get the best from it”.

One person who purchased this webcam considered that it had a good interface. Expert review site Computerpoweruser.com mentioned “Software-wise, Microsoft provides an appreciatively straightforward display interface” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.

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Robust

Several customers wrote that it was well made. James Duncan mentioned in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon three years ago “The grip is solid and keeps the camera firmly attached to my monitor” and gave this webcam a score of 80 out of 100. Mike Pennington gave it a very good review and he said last year “Really good quality onscreen image (when using Skype) and very good microphone built in” in his review of this webcam. Mr Baz wrote in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon “Excellent overall well made and good image quality in low light”.

Two people considered that this webcam was reliable. Ronworr said in their review on Amazon two years ago “It has been reliable and is meeting all my requirements”.

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Nice Design

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was neat. A Knight mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “It is neat, stylish” and scored it 5 stars. David Smith said on Amazon “Great visuals with some neat fun effectsGood Purchase well recommended” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Mr Baz wrote on Amazon “Wow neat webcam nicely made with good sound”.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who purchased the product agreed that it was good looking. Bodger99 wrote “Surprisingly is pretty secure” in their review of this webcam and rated the product 5 stars. Mr Christopher Nutt said on Amazon “The video quality is pretty good from the little I've tested it” and scored the product 5 stars. Pizzapeter1998 wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “When I received the webcam it worked beautifully its just plug in”.

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that it was a good design. Soundbison wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Great design and picture quality” and scored the product 4 stars. Hardwarezone.com.sg said in their review “Bottom line, Microsoft's made quite an impression with the LifeCam Cinema, combining great design with performance on a webcam that's also priced quite reasonably given the feature set”.

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Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed this webcam thought it was good quality. Three years ago A Happy House Wife mentioned on Amazon “I was really impressed with the image quality displayed on our office TV” in their review and rated the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 5 stars. A Happy House Wife also said “I understand from the people at the other end that the sound quality was good too”. Ab..c said “It feels to the touch well - made”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

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

There are a number of other webcams which also have a built-in microphone which you might also want to look at including the Logitech C510 ($20).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that have been available for more than two years, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema does not have a built-in flash.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Six customers who purchased it concluded that it was compact. Charlie Leach rated it 5 stars and he mentioned “Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Mark Taylor said in his review “Its very small and compact” and scored it 5 stars. T R said “Crystal clear images -compact sits very neatly on screen--- very pleased-well worth the price-thoroughly recommended”.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who bought the product agreed that it was lightweight. Alang mentioned on Amazon “Ease of setup - fantasticPicture & build quality - excellentThe unit is lightweight and the clamp is novel plus is usable for both laptops” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Bodger99 said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon “It just sits on the top right corner of my monitor staring down at me as I type this! It's a really lightweight piece of kit”.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was a good body shape. N. Mahmood gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “High quality - cylindical body made of metal”.

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Other

Best Seller

Across all webcams, the LifeCam Cinema is one the fastest selling products currently on the market.

Released Over Six Years Ago

Microsoft released the LifeCam Cinema in April 2017.


Features

Good Technical Features

A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema had good features. Bellbean rated this webcam as very good and wrote in their review on Amazon three years ago “Has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching”. Liam W. mentioned two years ago “The Cam quality is quite poor, with alot of picture flickering, yes comes with a few cool features.”. Mally mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review on Amazon “The picture quality and wide screen facilities are outstanding”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Four Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners thought it was good in terms of USB connections. A G Smith rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Easy to set up, plug into usb port and use, I would definitely recommend this product” in their review. A. D. Vivas Alvarado mentioned three years ago “The USB cable is long enough to connect it to the back of the desktop”. Ab..c said on Amazon “-play the camera to a convenient USB 2.0 and above port”.

One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owner concluded that it was able to connect to the internet. Mr Baz mentioned in his review “All it is a good webcam and a very good choice for internet chat/video worth paying a bit more here over some budget webcams”.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers said in their reviews that it was noisy. One person wrote in their reviews that it was quiet.


Support

Good Support

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners considered that the product had good technical guidance. Pizzapeter1998 said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Also it is well built the only down side it the instruction manual it is massive”. Expert website Computerpoweruser.com said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema eight years ago “A side panel leads to manual tweaks and special effects, while a timeline shows thumbnails of shareable stills (5MP max)”.


Performance

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The LifeCam Cinema has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels webcam, which is the most common video resolution. Across all webcams of a similar spec and age to this webcam the best video resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has an Auto Focus

The LifeCam Cinema has an auto focus, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been available for more than two years do not have an auto focus.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a zoom capability. Most of the other webcams that were released around the same time as this webcam also have a zoom capability.

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Has a Photo Feature

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a photo feature. Most of the other webcams of this age and spec also have a photo feature.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 1 megapixel, the LifeCam Cinema has a pretty average megapixel compared to most of the other webcams that have been around for more than two years.

If you want a webcam with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Logitech C510 ($20) (8MP).

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Packaging Data

Has a Laptop Clamp

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a laptop clamp. Most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as this webcam also have a laptop clamp.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft h5d00014, microsoft h5d00015, microsoft 6ch00002, microsoft h5d00013
Barcodes 00012304257110, 00012304320074, 00081717630872, 00083777192369, 00085477551484, 00088021285910, 00151903007365, 00163120268023, 00645439021303, 00733199415163, 00882224897921, 00882224897938, 00882224897945, 00882224897952, 00882224948746, 00882224966979, 00885370249361, 00885370249378, 00885370249408, 00885370249415, 00885370428520, 00885370428537, 00885370428544, 00885370428575, 00999992480382, 00999994709719, 03610480094474, 04988648770188, 04988648770225, 05052733215676

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