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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

$44.81
No Yes 5MP 1280 X 720 Pixels May 2011
Full HD Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Review

, we have ranked the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema number 12 across all webcams.
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945 Reviews + 8 Awards
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77
4 Great Features
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6 Years Old
Overall Score
77
Good

Why Has it Scored This?

It has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 90% of buyers recommending this webcam to others. This webcam has received eight awards including a "Recommended" award from both review sites Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl, an Excellent Hardware from Hardwareluxx.de and an Editor's Choice Platinum Award from Hardware-Pacers.com.

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This Microsoft webcam has received eight awards from webcam experts.

This webcam received a "Recommended" award from both review sites Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl, both of which decided that this Microsoft webcam was very good.

An additional three expert review sites all endorsed this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received an "Excellent Hardware" award from review site Hardwareluxx.de and it received an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" from website Hardware-Pacers.com. This Microsoft webcam also received a Benchmarkreviews.com "Gold" award.

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

Two more expert review sites both thought that this Microsoft webcam was very good. This webcam received a "Very Good" award from Clubic.com and it received a "Good Choice" award from Pcforalla.idg.se.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this webcam is 84% based on 17 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag. The expert review sites think this Microsoft webcam is one of the very best new comparable spec webcams.

Good Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this webcam is 87% based on 928 owner reviews. 528 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Product Quality

142 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality.

Robust

27 customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made and four customers wrote in their reviews that the product was strong and durable.

Easy to Use

24 owners who bought the product considered that it was easy to setup, 18 customers mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was easy to use and four people who purchased this webcam reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Five owners said that this webcam was noisy.

  • They are well balanced and sufficiently loud…
  • Picture quality is excellent and sound is loud and clear…
  • Unless your computer is completely silent and you don't have any air con on, this microphone WILL pick up on it…
    Annika (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • It works very well in lower lighting with minimal visual noise even in quite dim conditions…
  • Rather than sounding like someone speaking into a tin can it's very much more natural sounding which is important for voice calls (it has noise cancelling too) Video quality is good…
    Mr Baz (Amazon) - June 2014
  • The microphone has noise cancelling as well, so doesn't broadcast noise like computer fan hum for example…

Good Picture Quality

17 people who reviewed the product concluded that it produced a sharp image, six owners who reviewed it thought it produced a good quality image and five owners mentioned in their reviews that it produced clear images. two people thought the product had good colour saturation.

Good Sound Quality

68 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good microphone.

Nice Design

10 owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reckoned that it was neat, 10 customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking and four people who purchased the product reckoned that it was smooth. four customers who bought it considered that it was well designed.

A Top Selling Product

The LifeCam Cinema is a popular choice of webcam.

Microsoft Has Good Webcam Reviews

We checked 1,845 expert and owner reviews (including 275 verified purchases) for Microsoft webcams and found that on average Microsoft has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Microsoft has good reviews specifically for its webcams. 90% of those that bought a Microsoft webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Excellent Technical Features

Four people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features.

  • The web cam lacks certain features…
  • The software that comes with it has some fun features, also…
    Geekster (Walmart.com) - February 2011
  • It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures and has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching…
  • The picture quality and wide screen facilities are outstanding…
    Mally (Amazon) - January 2013

Fairly Priced

57 people who bought the product concluded that it was good value for money, however 13 buyers mentioned that the product was not reasonably priced. and nine customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was not good value for money. four people considered that the product was expensive.

Good Size

Five customers thought the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was compact, two customers said in their reviews that the product was thin and two people who purchased it reckoned that it was a good body shape.

  • The image is squashed and auto brightness doesn't work so in daylight the image was all white…
  • Had them for about 2 months very good sound amazing too, wire is very thin then expected…
  • The other general plus of the system is the body based image stabilisation system…
    Popo (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2009
  • It is very bad quality, constantly falling out of the ears as the (metal) plugs are far too heavy…
  • In terms of its physical form the camera looks compact and very well made…
    Pepper (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2013
  • Very small and compact…
  • There really good, clear sound the only thing is the ear piece is heavy so tends to fall out…
    Sam (Amazon.co.uk) - October 2015
  • Installation and ease of setup - fantastic Picture & build quality - excellent The unit is lightweight and the clamp is novel plus is usable for both laptops…
    AlanG (Amazon) - July 2013
  • Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money…
  • It took some fiddling to fix it to the thin screen it was being mounted to…

Features

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as this webcam also have a built-in microphone.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 1 megapixel, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other webcams that were launched around the same time as this webcam.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the LifeCam Cinema is 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. The video resolution of all new comparable spec webcams ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1600 x 1200 pixels (best).

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Has a Laptop Clamp

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

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Does Not Have an Auto Focus

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema does not have an auto focus. Most of the other similar spec webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to this webcam also do not have an auto focus.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a zoom capability, as do most of the other new webcams.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as this webcam, the LifeCam Cinema does not have a built-in flash.

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Not Full HD

This webcam is not full HD.

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Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

Microsoft released the LifeCam Cinema in May 2011.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft 6ch00002, microsoft h5d00015
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Review Sources

To prepare this Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review we compared this webcam to 230 other models. For each webcam that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 41,318 product attributes, 15,295 webcam reviews and 693,300 historical webcam prices from 0 webcam retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this webcam compared to the other models as well as any areas where this webcam is lacking.

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