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Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam

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16 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

This webcam is one of the most awarded by webcam experts of all the webcams of a similar age and type.

Three expert review sites endorsed this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received a "Best Buy" award from IT Reviews.com who said it was was good and the editor of Alphr.com conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award. This Microsoft webcam also received an Rwlabs.com "Editor's Choice" award.

3dGameMan.com gave this Microsoft webcam a "100% Kickass" award and Les Numeriques.com gave it a "5 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Fourteen experts from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and futurelooks.com have rated this webcam on average 81%.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this webcam rated it as 79 out of 100.

Good Sound Quality

Several Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good microphone. David a mentioned “Audio is adequate”. Leo L gave this webcam a very good review and he said on Amazon “Works very well, clear video and audio”. Mr Mervyn Head wrote on Amazon “Gives very good video and sound quality”.

Easy to Use

A few Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who purchased it considered that it was easy to use. Chris Pay said “The driver seems to load OK and you can operate and control the camera OK in Skype” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio but even so he scored the product 60 out of 100. In January last year Hadders gave this webcam a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Simple and easy to use” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Saiya.e.whitehead said on Amazon “Grate product easy to use i would defiantly recommend it to anyone that wants a good webcam that works in HD”.

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Booredatwork.com wrote in their review of this webcam “Needs a powerful PC for max settings”.

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Nice Design

Five Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio agreed that it was a good design. Chuckie wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio on Amazon “Great design”. Maximumcpu.net said “Has a sleek “industrial” brushed aluminum design” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Seven years ago expert review site Toptenreviews.com mentioned “Even though it's not our top choice, this web cam’s quality and design will not disappoint” and gave this webcam a rating of 75 out of 100.

A few Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed this webcam agreed that it was good looking. Danni wrote in their review of this webcam “I bought this webcam so I could have better quality when streaming and after a month I was pretty happy with it” however they gave this webcam a score of 40 out of 100. Expert website Cravingtech.com mentioned “A more stylish look”. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is certainly a stylish webcam.” .

Two customers who bought it agreed that it was neat. David a he said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “Neat unit - appears to be well constructed”. Mr Mervyn Head wrote on Amazon four years ago “The camera sits neatly on top of my screen” and rated it 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. A. R. said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “The dynamic range really good and the sound quality superb”. Adam Graham wrote on Amazon “Good cam with decent 720p video quality”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Excellent camera, high quality video and it comes in” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review and scored it very highly.

Good Picture Quality

A few Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it produced a sharp image. A. R. wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “The image is very sharp”. Lee Cox wrote on Amazon “Now i use that, crisp 1080p recordings, sweet”. R Francis wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio on Amazon two years ago “Although a little larger than I was led to believe the capture is as crisp as a new £10.00 note”.

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners considered that it produced clear images. Adam Graham gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review “Works really well, nice clear image and plug”. Cameron Austwick mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Displays a crystal clear image” in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.

Some customers who bought the product thought it produced a good quality image. Six years ago expert website Alphr.com said “It's simple to operate and image quality is excellent –” and gave this webcam a rating of 4 stars.

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A Best Selling Product

Across all webcams, the LifeCam Studio is one the most popular products currently available for purchase.

Microsoft Webcams Have Good Reviews

Webcams manufactured by Microsoft have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all webcams (not just webcams) and found that Microsoft also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Technical Features

Three Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners considered that it had good features. Davef47 gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Haven't fully explored facilities available” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Maximumcpu.net wrote “Not cheap or plastic like most do, has a good feature set”.

Robust

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio owner mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Connor Landregan wrote three years ago “By far more reliable!” in their review of this webcam. One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer said that it was well made.

One person said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. R. Hines mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Product is now broken, I've only had it a couple months” in their review of this webcam.

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Good Support

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio concluded that it had good technical guidance. Two years ago Fred D-S mentioned in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “What I like is the manual / variable settings for focus, frame rate, exposure, contrast”. Booredatwork.com wrote “Full manual controls” in their review of this webcam.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought it considered that it was able to connect to the internet. In January last year David a wrote on Amazon “In other situations it is good for Internet conversations” in his review of this webcam. One customer mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was good in terms of USB connections. Five years ago Booredatwork.com said “This USB web camera has excellent image quality”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam Studio.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec webcams that have been available for more than two years.

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10 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer who reviewed this webcam considered that it was not quiet. Booredatwork.com said in their review “Sleek design reminiscent of the iSight, high resolution, mic is not too quiet, works in Linux”.

One customer who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio concluded that it was not noisy. Booredatwork.com said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review five years ago “Lens Cap is pretty much useless, background noise is picked up” .

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Not Good in Terms of Size

Several Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio said that it was not heavy and bulky. Expert website Cravingtech.com wrote “Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip” in their review of this webcam. Expert website Techcrunch.com wrote in their review “It’s pricey and rather bulky.”. Booredatwork.com mentioned five years ago “It's a little too bulky to use with a laptop” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio does not have a motion detector, although this is within the context that most of the other webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam Studio also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

The LifeCam Studio is not USB powered. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago are also not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Most webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Studio do not feature face tracking. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Most webcams of this type and age are not mac compatibility. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too is not mac compatibility.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Like most of the other webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio, the LifeCam Studio does not have a zoom capability.

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Not Full HD

Most webcams that were released more than two years ago are not full HD. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too is not full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other webcams that were launched more than two years ago, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams of a comparable spec and age to the LifeCam Studio do not have a snapshot button. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Microsoft released the LifeCam Studio.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The LifeCam Studio has a fairly average maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Studio.

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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 spec.

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Specification

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5 Awards

3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass IT Reviews.com Best Buy alphr.com Recommended Les Numeriques.com 5 Star rwlabs.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

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24 January 2013

At first the price looks alarming, but you can get this camera for £65 or less if you look about. We don't like the fact that the autofocus is dreadful, and the minor glitch when using a USB hub...

17 September 2012

The closest to being there, that is pretty much what you get with the Microsoft LifeCam Studip webcam . With brilliant color and crystal-clear audio, this webcam with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor... Read more…

Design and finish
Excellent picture quality in good light
Automatic focusing and good audio quality
Software package supplied
Screw hole for tripod attachment (the same size as a camera)
No 1080p video (only for photos)
Bitrate isn't quite high enough for lowlight conditions
Needs a powerful PC for max settings
No 1080p video recording with included software
720p video chat currently only available with
22 December 2011

Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip), the Microsoft Touch Mouse clearly brings productivity to the table. By simply using intuitive...

21 August 2011

Software: Microsoft LifeCam Studio comes with LifeCam 3.0 software which is simple and easy to use. The LifeCam 3.0 offers many fun effects such as afro-hairdo and cowboy hat which you can apply...

22 July 2011

It isn't cheap, but it's simple to operate and image quality is excellent ? and it can record 1080p if you have the software...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 2 May 2013 by Razzzmatazzz
Razzzmatazzz would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

After being hounded by my girlfriend Tieler,I broke down and purchased a webcam. I went through 7 different makes and models all under 30 dollars each. They were basic and easy to use with fair to... Read more…

Reviewed 1 December 2011 by Jim a.
(Verified Purchase)

If you think you'll just pop in a solid state drive and install the OS, you're likely very mistaken. You'll want to research the support forums FIRST, make sure your candidate drive and machine... Read more…

Reviewed 19 January 2014 by Tbroughton
Tbroughton would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio (Verified Purchase)

This webcam installed easily on my Win7Pro system. The drivers installed fast and I was setting up the webcam quicker than anticipated. The webcam adjusts on every axis, is easy to adjust to... Read more…

Reviewed 10 July 2012 by Robert P.
(Verified Purchase)

1. If you are copying data to or from a USB 2.0 device, don't expect it to go faster now that an SSD is involved. 2. The USB 2.0 speeds are still a bottleneck when transferring files. Don't expect... Read more…

Reviewed 15 January 2013 by Robert R.
(Verified Purchase)

I updated the firmware on all drives, didn't change the status on the drive. Still reported failure. I tried to RMA to Newegg but put the drive into the wrong (indentical) packaging and after a... Read more…

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