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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam

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5MP 1280 X 720 USB 2.0 Sep 2013
Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Interface Release Date
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Eight Industry Awards

Amongst webcams of a similar spec and age, this Microsoft webcam is one of the most highly awarded.

The reviewers at Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl both recommend this webcam and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The editors of three other expert review sites all thought that this Microsoft webcam was good. Benchmarkreviews.com said that this webcam was fantastic and gave it a "Gold" award and it received an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" from Hardware-pacers.com. Furthermore, Hardwareluxx.de gave this Microsoft webcam an "Excellent Hardware" award, confirming their endorsement.

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

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

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag this Microsoft webcam has an overall expert rating of 84 out of 100. Experts think this webcam is one of the very best webcams of this age and type.

Good User Reviews

On average, LifeCam Cinema owners rated this webcam 88%.

Good Picture Quality

A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners reckoned that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema produced a sharp image. Seven years ago A. Blackhall said on Amazon “The sound quality picked up is also crisp and clear” and scored this webcam very highly. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review on Amazon “The video is also excellent quality - nice and crisp”. Big John wrote on Amazon three years ago “With very sharp images” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers mentioned that this webcam produced a good quality image. Four years ago Fitzy wrote in their review of this webcam “The image quality is good” but in spite of that they only rated the product 3 stars. Geoff Lee wrote on Amazon “The image quality is great, up to 720p HD for video” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Hugo Nogueira scored it 4 stars and he mentioned in his review on Amazon “Great image quality”.

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

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners considered that it had good colour saturation. M Hall 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” and scored it very highly. Nick's mentioned on Amazon “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 review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Stevedover1965 wrote “The colours were good and light levels were automatically adjusted”.

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Robust

Several customers considered that the product was well made. Three years ago Ab..c wrote on Amazon “It feels to the touch well - made” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Amauser said on Amazon six years ago “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” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Amazon Customer said “Solid and high quality”.

A few people said that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was reliable. J White wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Reliable & cheap, cute little webcam” and scored it very highly. Ronworr mentioned in their review on Amazon “It has been reliable and is meeting all my requirements” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person who reviewed the product thought it was strong and durable. J. Potter gave this webcam a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of this webcam six years ago “It has a rubber backing that just moulds into the shape of your monitor or laptop so it fits very sturdy”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed the product thought it was good in terms of USB connections. A. D. Vivas Alvarado said in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “The USB cable is long enough to connect it to the back of the desktop” . Ab..c wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon three years ago “-play the camera to a convenient USB 2.0 and above port”. Big John wrote in their review in the same month “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” .

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed the product thought it was able to connect to the internet. Mr Baz wrote “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 owner thought it had email functionality.

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Nice Design

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners concluded that it was good looking. Alaios said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Pretty good camera”. Amazon Customer said “It's a shame it didn't work, as it was a nice looking little webcam” . Blue mentioned on Amazon “So cant comment on any aspect of its overall performance other than they are nice looking and stylish” in their review of this webcam.

A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers agreed that it was neat. A Knight mentioned “It is neat, stylish” in their review of this webcam. David Smith mentioned “Great visuals with some neat fun effectsGood Purchase well recommended”. Henrwigs mentioned “Small, Neat and very good” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design. J. Potter wrote “Another great thing is the design” in their review of this webcam. Soundbison wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “Great design and picture quality”. Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “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” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers considered that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was smooth. M Hall said “The video was incredibly smooth and still extremely detailed”. One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good case.

One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was well designed. Peterb said on Amazon “A nicely designed and built product”.

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Good Size

Ten people who bought it concluded that it was compact. Eight years ago Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “A) I get significantly better results with it; (b) it's an elegant, compact, integrated device;”. Charlie Leach mentioned on Amazon “Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money” in his review of this webcam and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Daniel Burkitt gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 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”.

A number of people who reviewed this webcam reckoned that it was lightweight. Four years ago Alang said “Ease of setup - fantasticPicture & build quality - excellentThe unit is lightweight and the clamp is novel plus is usable for both laptops”. Bodger99 wrote “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”.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was a good body shape. Seven years ago John Nunn said “The sleek tubular body is elegant and aesthetically pleasing, yet blends in perfectly so it does not look out of place” and gave it an excellent rating. M. Hodges said “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 on Amazon four years ago “High quality - cylindical body made of metal”.

Several people who bought this webcam wrote that it was a squeeze to fit in. Andy scored this webcam 80 out of 100 and he said “Picture quality is great, in Photobooth the widescreen picture is squeezed, although it seems normal while using Skype” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Oliver602 wrote seven years ago “The image is squashed and auto brightness doesn't work so in daylight the image was all white” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.

One person who reviewed it thought it was a good height. Amauser mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “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”.

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Good Technical Features

Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it had good features. Three years ago Bellbean wrote “Has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching”. D. Connell said in their review of this webcam “They also had to turn it off, thus making one of the main and most useful features of the camera completely useless”. Four years ago Fitzy mentioned “Has a couple of interesting features” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.

Good Product Quality

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who purchased the product agreed that it was good quality. A Happy House Wife said on Amazon “I was really impressed with the image quality displayed on our office TV” and gave it a score of 5 stars. A Happy House Wife also mentioned “I understand from the people at the other end that the sound quality was good too”. A. Blackhall said “The webcam is excellent quality for both online chat” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Easy to Use

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Andy scored this webcam 4 stars and he wrote in his review of this webcam eight years ago “It clips or rests on any monitor which is very handy”. Six years ago Daniel Burkitt mentioned “Camtasia for example in my opinion is much better to use than the software it comes with”. Five years ago Digitalpanda rated the product 5 stars and said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon “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”.

Several people concluded that the product was easy to setup. A G Smith said “Easy to set up, plug into usb port” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Six years ago Amauser said on Amazon “It was very easy to set up, just by following the instructions that came with the camera”. Bellbean said three years ago “It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures” in their review.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who bought the product agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Ab..c gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “There are lots of settings to apply, such as color balance, which in my case is at its minimum setting”. Mr. Aaron T. Morgan rated it 5 stars and he said “It also has some nice adjustment settings” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Wayne H. wrote on Amazon “Remember to set it up with your computer sound mic settings to get the best from it” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.

A few customers said that it had a good interface. J. Potter said “A very good interface, if only you could switch that darn lousy microphone off” in their review of this webcam. Expert review site Computerpoweruser.com wrote “Software-wise, Microsoft provides an appreciatively straightforward display interface” and rated it 4 stars.

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Good Sound Quality

Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good microphone. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon three years ago “It has a microphone embedded which allows to listen very clear sounds too”. Four years ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The sound from the TV's seem to be extraordinarily well picked up”. Amazon Customer also said “Great little product! Good quality picture and sound”.

A Best Selling Product

The LifeCam Cinema is one the best selling webcam currently available for purchase.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Microsoft webcams and also specifically for Microsoft webcams and found that in both cases Microsoft had good ratings.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who purchased it considered that it was noisy. J. Morris mentioned five years ago “The microphone has noise cancelling as well, so doesn't broadcast noise like computer fan hum for example” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was quiet. Annika mentioned on Amazon “Unless your computer is completely silent and you don't have any air con on, this microphone WILL pick up on it”.

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Good Support

Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Keith said “There is a manual focus slider.” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Pizzapeter1998 gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Also it is well built the only down side it the instruction manual it is massive” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Computerpoweruser.com wrote “A side panel leads to manual tweaks and special effects, while a timeline shows thumbnails of shareable stills (5MP max)”.

Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 5 megapixels, the LifeCam Cinema has one of the higher megapixels amongst webcams of this age. The average megapixel of webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam Cinema is 2.4MP.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam Cinema, the LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the LifeCam Cinema is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Across all webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam Cinema the best video resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Quite Long Cable Length

With a cable length of 1.829 meters, the LifeCam Cinema has a quite long cable length compared to most of the other webcams that have been on the market for more than two years. The cable lengths of webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema range from 0.7m to 5.7m, and the average cable length is 1.9m.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This webcam has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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9 Reasons Against

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 webcams that have been around for more than two years also do not have a motion detector.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema does not feature face tracking. Most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam Cinema also do not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Like most of the other webcams that were released around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is not mac compatibility.

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Quite Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution

With a maximum interpolated image resolution of only 5 megapixels, the LifeCam Cinema has a quite low maximum interpolated image resolution compared to most of the other webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema. The maximum interpolated image resolutions of webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema range from 1.3MP to 30MP, and the average maximum interpolated image resolution is 8.4MP.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Like most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago, the LifeCam Cinema does not have a snapshot button.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that were launched more than two years ago, the LifeCam Cinema does not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most webcams that have been available for more than two years do not have a night mode. The LifeCam Cinema is no exception to this as it also does not have a night mode.

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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

Across all the webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema the minimum hard disk spaces range from 60MB to 1.6GB. At 1,500 megabyte, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a quite big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to the LifeCam Cinema.

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Very Big Minimum RAM

The average minimum RAM of webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam Cinema is 480MB, and the minimum RAMs range from 32MB to 1.1GB. At 1,024 megabyte, the LifeCam Cinema has a very big minimum RAM compared to most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam Cinema.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Systems Supported (Windows)
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Colour
Interface
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
USB Powered
Mac Compatibility
Optical Drive Required
Compatible Operating Systems
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Width (imperial)
Height (imperial)
Depth (imperial)
Packaging Data
Laptop Clamp
Manual
CRT Stand
LCD Clamp
Desktop Stand

8 Awards

pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice benchmarkreviews.com Gold toptenreviews.com Bronze hardware-pacers.com Editor's Choice Platinum Award clubic.com Very Good Trusted Reviews Recommended hardwareluxx.de Excellent Hardware pcfoster.pl Recommended

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Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft msf89794, microsoft 6ch00002, microsoft h5d00013, microsoft h5d00014, microsoft h5d00015
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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