Microsoft is one of the most popular webcam brands as well as being well known for its headphones.
If you are wondering how Microsoft webcams compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 670+ webcams by objectively and impartially analysing over 13,000 user and expert reviews and 100+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.
Microsoft are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning webcams. Their webcams start at $37 for the LifeCam HD-3000 which is a webcam that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 and go up to $200 for the LifeCam Studio which is a webcam that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new Microsoft webcam is $71.
Microsoft are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning webcams.
Is Microsoft the Best Webcam Brand?
So are Microsoft webcams any good? We give every webcam a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all webcams we are able to impartially rank all the webcam brands.
Microsoft is ranked the No. 2 best webcam brand.
Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Microsoft is the 2nd best webcam brand out there.
Let's look at how Microsoft webcams compare to the other webcam brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.
All webcam Brands
Microsoft have better reviews than the typical webcam brand, with the average rating of a Microsoft webcam being 69%. Microsoft also have a number of great features including TrueColor Technology and Wide Angle Lens which sets them apart from the competition.
There's a smaller selection of Microsoft webcams available compared to other webcam brands, with only 7 Microsoft webcams currently on the market in the US. Microsoft webcams also tend to be cheaper than most other webcam brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.
No. Of Webcams
Average Price $82
Price Distribution of All Webcams
No. Of Webcams
Average Price $71
Price Distribution of Microsoft Webcams
What Do the Microsoft Webcam Reviews Say?
We've added up all the reviews for every Microsoft webcam to work out the average distribution of reviews for Microsoft and then compared this to the other webcam brands.
Microsoft has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its webcams than most other brands.
Over 85% of expert reviews and 78% of user reviews for Microsoft webcams are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 86% respectively across all Webcam brands.
In the table below we compare the average review score given to Microsoft webcams by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other webcam brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.
How Many Industry Awards Have Microsoft Webcams Received?
After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 22 industry awards for Microsoft webcams. The table below compares the number of awards received by Microsoft to other popular webcam brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.
We checked over 13,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Microsoft webcams. over 70 of these reviews mention reliability of which 96% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Microsoft webcam owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.
96% of reviewers think Microsoft webcams are reliable.
So, most people think that Microsoft webcams are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Microsoft webcams that mention reliability:
an eye-catching durable design
The high resolution is supported by the built in auto focus to give a near perfect picture all of the time
by far more reliable
dependable webcam at a very reasonable price I highly recommend this one
image quality than my laptop's built in webcam
Product is now broken
Features to Look Out For On Microsoft Webcams
There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Microsoft webcams that set them apart from the competition. These include TrueColor Technology and Wide Angle Lens.
A multi award winning and fully featured built-in microphone webcam. Multiple reviews mentioned that this webcam produces a good quality image, has a very great picture quality and great video quality.
141 Reviews + 5 Awards
Value for Money
Multiple reviews mentioned that Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 85%, based on 141 reviews.
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The cheapest price that we could find for the LifeCam Cinema in the US is $109.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.
If you're looking for a high end Microsoft webcam then the Microsoft LifeCam Studio takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 81, but is a bit more expensive at $79.02.
Features We Love:
Wide Angle Lens
1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
High megapixel (5MP)
A multi award winning and fully featured built-in microphone webcam, with a reasonable price. It has a zoom capability and a snapshot button, is full HD and features face tracking. Our review analysis indicates that this webcam produces an outstanding quality image, has a very great video quality and good sound quality.
278 Reviews + 5 Awards
Value for Money
Our review analysis indicates that Microsoft LifeCam Studio has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 81%, based on 278 reviews.
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The cheapest price that we could find for the LifeCam Studio in the US is $79.02 and in total we found 4 prices for it.