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Eight Industry Awards
This webcam has received eight awards from expert review sites.
This Microsoft webcam was given a "Recommended" award by both Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl, both of which thought that this webcam was good.
Three other expert review sites liked this built-in microphone webcam. This webcam received a Benchmarkreviews.com"Gold" award and it received an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" from Hardware-pacers.com. This Microsoft webcam also received an "Excellent Hardware" award from Hardwareluxx.de, confirming their endorsement.
This webcam was given a "Bronze" award by Toptenreviews.com who thought that this Microsoft webcam was good.
Based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this built-in microphone webcam is 84 out of 100. That puts this Microsoft webcam in the top 16% of all the webcams of this type and age.
Good Owner Reviews
This Microsoft webcam has an average owner rating of 88% based on 797 owner reviews.
Good Sound Quality
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that the product had a good microphone. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote in their review on Amazon “It has a microphone embedded which allows to listen very clear sounds too” and rated this webcam as very good. Four years ago Amazon Customer said “The sound from the TV's seem to be extraordinarily well picked up” in their review of this webcam and rated the product as very good. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Great little product! Good quality picture and sound”.
A number of customers who purchased it agreed that it was good in terms of USB connections. A. D. Vivas Alvarado mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review three years ago “The USB cable is long enough to connect it to the back of the desktop” and gave the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema a score of 5 stars. Ab..c mentioned on Amazon “-play the camera to a convenient USB 2.0 and above port” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review and rated it 5 stars. Big John mentioned in their review on Amazon “I'm using an old 1.8 GHz computer running Windows XP, with the webcam connected through 15 metres of USB 2.0 active cables”.
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners agreed that it was able to connect to the internet. Mr Baz gave it a rating of 4 stars and he mentioned in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon two years ago “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”.
One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewer who reviewed it said that it had email functionality.
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Charlie Leach rated this webcam 5 stars and he wrote “Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Daniel Burkitt gave it a score of 4 stars and he said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “The device is compact and the mount does a good job of gripping on almost all surfaces”. Six years ago J. Potter wrote on Amazon “As you can see the design is nowhere near as compact or convenient as the Microsoft webcam” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Bodger99 mentioned 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”.
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed this webcam thought it was a good body shape. John Nunn wrote in his review of this webcam “The sleek tubular body is elegant and aesthetically pleasing, yet blends in perfectly so it does not look out of place”. M. Hodges said on Amazon “Wide-angle, max resolution of 1280x720, autofocus, "TrueColor", lovely sleek aluminium bullet-cam body, decent bendable clamp, in-built mic with noise cancellation (apparently”. N. Mahmood wrote “High quality - cylindical body made of metal” in their review of this webcam.
Several people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a squeeze to fit in. Andy wrote on Amazon “Picture quality is great, in Photobooth the widescreen picture is squeezed, although it seems normal while using Skype” in his review of this webcam. Oliver602 wrote in their review “The image is squashed and auto brightness doesn't work so in daylight the image was all white” and gave it a score of 4 stars.
One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owner concluded that the product was a good height. Six years ago Amauser gave it a very good rating and wrote on Amazon “Adjustments are easy to make, (zoom, height and angle etc.) by accessing the icon that is placed on the desktop during the set up stage” in their review.
Good Technical Features
A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers reckoned that it had good features. Bellbean wrote “Has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching”. D. Connell said “They also had to turn it off, thus making one of the main and most useful features of the camera completely useless” in their review of this webcam. Four years ago Fitzy said “Has a couple of interesting features” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema nonetheless they rated it 60 out of 100.
Good Product Quality
Some people who reviewed this webcam wrote that it was good quality. A Happy House Wife rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “I was really impressed with the image quality displayed on our office TV”. A Happy House Wife also mentioned “I understand from the people at the other end that the sound quality was good too”. A. Blackhall rated it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon seven years ago “The webcam is excellent quality for both online chat”.
Easy to Use
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Eight years ago Andy said on Amazon “It clips or rests on any monitor which is very handy”. Daniel Burkitt mentioned in his review of this webcam “Camtasia for example in my opinion is much better to use than the software it comes with” . Digitalpanda scored the product very highly and mentioned “This looks impressive on first sight, built-in camera, flexible stand and fully adjustable.I initially wanted to use it on my desktop computer for Skype” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Four years ago A G Smith mentioned on Amazon “Easy to set up, plug into usb port”. Amauser scored it 5 stars and mentioned six years ago “It was very easy to set up, just by following the instructions that came with the camera”. Bellbean rated it as very good and mentioned on Amazon “It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures” in their review.
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Ab..c wrote three years ago “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. Six years ago Mr. Aaron T. Morgan gave this webcam a very good review score and he wrote “It also has some nice adjustment settings” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Wayne H. gave it a very good rating and he wrote “Remember to set it up with your computer sound mic settings to get the best from it”.
A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers agreed that the product had a good interface. J. Potter said “A very good interface, if only you could switch that darn lousy microphone off” . Expert review site Computerpoweruser.com said “Software-wise, Microsoft provides an appreciatively straightforward display interface” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.
Twenty Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who bought the product agreed that it was good looking. Alaios said “Pretty good camera” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema and gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars. Six years ago Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It's a shame it didn't work, as it was a nice looking little webcam” in their review of this webcam nonetheless they only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100. Amazon Customer also wrote “A) I get significantly better results with it; (b) it's an elegant, compact, integrated device;”.
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was neat. A Knight gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “It is neat, stylish” in their review. David Smith rated it as excellent and he said in his review “Great visuals with some neat fun effectsGood Purchase well recommended”. Henrwigs gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “Small, Neat and very good” in their review of this webcam.
A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema said that it was a good design. J. Potter said “Another great thing is the design”. Soundbison wrote on Amazon “Great design and picture quality”. Eight years ago Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 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”.
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners thought the product was smooth. M Hall said on Amazon “The video was incredibly smooth and still extremely detailed” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good case.
One person who purchased this webcam considered that it was well designed. Peterb gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their review “A nicely designed and built product”.
Some people agreed that this webcam was well made. Ab..c said “It feels to the touch well - made”. Alang wrote in their review “Ease of setup - fantastic Picture & build quality - excellent The unit is lightweight”. Amauser rated the product 5 stars and mentioned “It's own built in mike works better than the one I was using before buying the camera! I mainly run the camera with Skype”.
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners said that it was reliable. J White scored the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema very highly and mentioned “Reliable & cheap, cute little webcam”. Two years ago Ronworr gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “It has been reliable and is meeting all my requirements” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.
One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owner who reviewed the product considered that it was strong and durable. J. Potter said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon “It has a rubber backing that just moulds into the shape of your monitor or laptop so it fits very sturdy” and scored the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 80 out of 100.
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Good Picture Quality
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned that the product produced a sharp image. Seven years ago A. Blackhall mentioned in their review of this webcam “The sound quality picked up is also crisp and clear”. Amazon Customer said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “The video is also excellent quality - nice and crisp” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Big John mentioned “With very sharp images” in their review of this webcam and scored the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 5 stars.
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers thought it produced a good quality image. Fitzy wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “The image quality is good” yet they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars. Geoff Lee mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema four years ago “The image quality is great, up to 720p HD for video”. Hugo Nogueira mentioned on Amazon “Great image quality” in his review of this webcam.
Five Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema produced clear images. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote in their review on Amazon “Perfect attachment to the monitor and clear image”. Geoff Lee wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “Artificial lighting conditions you will get a very clear image”. Roy Wright wrote in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “Easy to use whilst offering a clear image” and gave this webcam a score of 5 stars.
Three Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema had good colour saturation. M Hall gave it a very good rating and said “Its party piece is the stunning HD Video quality - truly amazing, lovely colours and it is almost like looking in a mirror! The microphone is also crystal clear” in their review of this webcam. Two years ago Nick's gave this webcam a very good review score and said in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “It is quite clear, with good colours, i was thinking between microsoft lifecam 3000 or this? I am very glad i got this instead!”. Stevedover1965 mentioned “The colours were good and light levels were automatically adjusted” in their review.
According to sales data from Amazon, the LifeCam Cinema is one the best selling webcam currently available for sale.
Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams
We calculated the average reviews for all Microsoft webcams and also specifically for Microsoft built-in microphone webcams and found that in both cases Microsoft had good reviews.
Acceptable Noise Level
Some customers considered that it was noisy. J. Morris wrote “The microphone has noise cancelling as well, so doesn't broadcast noise like computer fan hum for example” and rated the product 5 stars.
Two Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. Annika mentioned “Unless your computer is completely silent and you don't have any air con on, this microphone WILL pick up on it” but despite that she only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100.
A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Keith said on Amazon “There is a manual focus slider.” in his review of this webcam. Pizzapeter1998 wrote on Amazon “Also it is well built the only down side it the instruction manual it is massive” in their review of this webcam. Expert website Computerpoweruser.com wrote in their review “A side panel leads to manual tweaks and special effects, while a timeline shows thumbnails of shareable stills (5MP max)”.
Quite High Megapixel
Across all the built-in microphone webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Cinema the megapixels range from 0.1MP to 20MP. With a megapixel of 5 megapixels, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a quite high megapixel compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the LifeCam Cinema.
The LifeCam Cinema is USB powered, which is unusual. Most of the other webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema are not USB powered.
Fairly Long Cable Length
The shortest cable length of webcams of this type and age is 0.7m and the longest is 3.4m. At 1.829 meters, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a very long cable length compared to most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago.
Has a Zoom Capability
Unlike most of the other webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam Cinema which do not have a zoom capability, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a zoom capability.
It is worth considering alternative webcams which also have a zoom capability including the Logitech TV Cam HD.
1280×720@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed
The LifeCam Cinema has a 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed which is better than most webcams of a similar age and spec to it. Most built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago have a 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed.
A 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed is actually the best resolution at capture speed across all webcams that have been available for more than two years.
Across comparable types of webcam the worst resolution at capture speed is 640x480@30fps.
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Does Not Have a Motion Detector
The LifeCam Cinema does not have a motion detector, although this is within the context that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Cinema also do not have a motion detector.
Does Not Feature Face Tracking
The LifeCam Cinema does not feature face tracking, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema also do not feature face tracking.
Not Mac Compatibility
The LifeCam Cinema is not mac compatibility, although this is within the context that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Cinema are also not mac compatibility.
Very Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has one of the lower maximum interpolated image resolutions (only 5 megapixels) amongst built-in microphone webcams of this age. Webcams of this type and age have maximum interpolated image resolutions of between 1.3MP and 30MP.
Does Not Have a Snapshot Button
The LifeCam Cinema does not have a snapshot button, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam Cinema also do not have a snapshot button.
Not Full HD
Most webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema are not full HD. The LifeCam Cinema 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 look at the Logitech TV Cam HD.
Does Not Have a Night Mode
Like most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam Cinema, the LifeCam Cinema does not have a night mode.
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Fairly Big Minimum RAM
Across all the webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam Cinema the minimum RAMs range from 32MB to 2.1GB. The LifeCam Cinema has one of the bigger minimum RAMs (1,024 megabyte) amongst comparable spec webcams of this age.
Quite Big Minimum Hard Disk Space
At 1,500 megabyte, the LifeCam Cinema has a fairly big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema. The minimum hard disk spaces of built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago range from 130MB to 1.5GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 350MB.
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