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Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 Webcam

1.3MP 30fps 1280 X 720 Feb 2014
Megapixel Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
Put Yourself On The WidescreenThis true HD camera gives you bright and colorful video, and makes it easy to post to your favorite social sites. True 720p HD VideoRecords true HD-quality video at... More
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7 Reasons For

Best Seller

The LifeCam HD-3000 is one the fastest selling webcam currently available for sale.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Microsoft webcams have an average rating of 85 out of 100, which is in the top 20% of all webcam manufacturers that we have looked at.

Good Product Quality

One Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 reviewer concluded that the product was good quality. Micromart.co.uk wrote in their review “Good video quality for the price” but even so they scored this webcam 3 stars.

USB Powered

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is USB powered, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel webcams that were released around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 are not USB powered.

There are a number of alternative USB powered webcams currently available which you might want to look at including the A4Tech PK-635[plb_1450888_price], the Mediatech MT4023[plb_1916641_price], or the Gembird A4-GWJ-800[plb_473274_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

There are a number of other webcams with a built-in microphone currently available that you might also want to consider including the Mediatech MT4023[plb_1916641_price], the Gembird A4-GWJ-800[plb_473274_price], or the Kloner KWC0078[plb_1854260_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The LifeCam HD-3000 has a zoom capability. Most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-3000 do not have a zoom capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative webcams with a zoom capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Genius FaceCam 1000X[plb_2585528_price].

It is worth considering alternative webcams which also have a zoom capability including the HP Deluxe[plb_1498314_price].

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Quite Long Cable Length

The LifeCam HD-3000 has one of the longer cable lengths (1.829 meters) amongst low megapixel webcams of this age. The average cable length of webcams of this age and type is 1.9m, and the cable lengths range from 0.73m to 5.7m.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This webcam received a rating of 60% from webcam expert review site micromart.co.uk. It seems that experts really don't rate this Microsoft webcam very highly.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that have been on the market for more than two years, the LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a motion detector.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other low megapixel webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-3000, the LifeCam HD-3000 does not feature face tracking.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a face tracking and we think the A4Tech PK-635[plb_1450888_price], or the Acme United CA11[plb_1832181_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The LifeCam HD-3000 is not mac compatibility. Most of the other low megapixel webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam HD-3000 are also not mac compatibility.

Webcams which are mac compatibility that might also be worth looking at include the A4Tech PK-635[plb_1450888_price], or the Logitech C120[plb_170859_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams of this type and age do not have a snapshot button. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

It is worth considering alternative webcams which also have a snapshot button including the B500[pl_546296_price], or the C250[pl_101761_price] both from Logitech or the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam HD-3000 do not have a night mode. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a night mode to this webcam and we think the Pyle PLCM19[plb_101449_price], or the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The LifeCam HD-3000 is not full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam HD-3000 are also not full HD.

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Very Big Minimum RAM

At 1,024 megabyte, the LifeCam HD-3000 has a very big minimum RAM compared to most of the other low megapixel webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000. The smallest minimum RAM of webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-3000 is 32MB, the biggest is 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM is 380MB.

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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

At 1,500 megabyte, the LifeCam HD-3000 has a very big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the low megapixel webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 the minimum hard disk spaces range from 130MB to 1.6GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 360MB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this low megapixel webcam was released.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has a fairly average maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the LifeCam HD-3000.

We compared all the other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams to this webcam and we think the C250[pl_101761_price], and the C120[pl_170859_price] both from Logitech or the Pyle PLCM19[plb_101449_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Webcams with a higher maximum frame rate that might be worth looking at include the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] (60fps and higher rated).

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USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is the most frequently found interface on webcams of this age and type.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 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.

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Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Normal Focusing Range
Photo Feature
Supported Video Modes
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mounting Type
Colour of Product
Interface
Certification
LED Indicators
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
USB Powered
Minimum System Requirements
Compatible Operating Systems
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Safety

Expert Reviews

(1)
25 April 2013

Microsoft's LifeCam range has been around for a while now, and the LifeCam HD-3000 is a couple of years old. That makes it pleasantly cheap (you can pick one up for under £20), but be warned that... Read more…

Qualit d'image correcte (jour et nuit) en 640 x 360 pixels
Mise au point automatique et suivi du visage
Suite logicielle complte
Good video quality for the price
Automatic light compensation works well
Dbit d'images trop faible en 720p
10 images par seconde
Surexpose dans une salle claire
Blancs brls
Bouche les noirs dans une pice sombre

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 27 September 2011 by Royston
Royston would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Excelent Purchase. The Web Cam Gives A Perfect Picture Could Not Wish For Anything Better...

Good Value
It is a new 7, has a good screen resolution 1920 x 1080), a good size hard drive 1 TB), and has dual band 802.11AC. The sound is also decent compared to other laptops I have used. I was able to ins
Good picture and sound for the price
Perfect picture
Removable
Minus one egg because of the difficulty in upgrading the memory. It took a lot of time. The memory slots and hard drive are not easy accessible through a simple removable panel. The touchpad does not
Driver Is Broken
Not Supported
Poorly Designed
Nothing
Reviewed 17 July 2013 by Aaron93
Aaron93 would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Excellent quality webcam, well worth the price I paid for it!

Very fast machine with SSD installed
Long battery life, 6 hours of browsing and Netflix, without heavy gaming, no problem
Strong graphics card, will play all games at least in medium settigs and most at high. you should be plugged in to get the best graphics
Slim and light
Pleasant design with backlit keyboard
The only con is that it isn't always stable on your computer. Sometimes I would have to adjust it to get it centered
Awkward Mount
Mounting to desktop monitor is a little flimsy
Trying to open the packaging
No CD-ROM drive
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Jim New Bern
(Verified Purchase)

I use this camera for Skype and it produces sharp clear pictures. However the microphone leaves a lot to be desired. My Skype partners cannot hear me without shouting and I have the settings... Read more…

Removable
Price
Clarity
Sound
Programs that come with it
Weak
The clip could be better not much else
Not particularly bothersome at this moment, but if you do use it as a "lap"top, be ware that it runs a bit warm, 80 85c with various entertainment options running at the same time. I strictly use it a
Also, the reason why I always connect another usb keyboard to it, is that the original keyboard simple will not allow you to press too many keys at once. No kidding I can't even move properly in the f
I have had this product for some time

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft t3h00016
Barcodes 00085370428421, 00132017856469, 00611101586517, 00763615994316, 00885370228045, 00885370228052, 00885370228069, 00885370228076, 00885370228106, 00885370228496, 00885370428407, 00885370428414, 00885370428421, 00885370428452, 00887605148890, 03328170210478, 04054842433652, 04988648852266, 05053676761107, 05054629531341, 08853702280698, 08853702281060, 08853704284076, 08853704284144

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