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Should You Buy a Microsoft Webcam?

Matthew
Updated 25 August 2020
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should you buy a Microsoft Webcam?

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 $23 for the LifeCam VX-800 which is a webcam that has a resolution of 640 x 480 and go up to $94 for the LifeCam Cinema which is a webcam that has a resolution of 1280 x 720. The average price of a new Microsoft webcam is $64.

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.

#1
Switzerland
95%
95%
6,541 reviews
#2
81%
81%
772 reviews
#3
HP
United States
78%
78%
96 reviews
#4
Pyle
76%
76%
2 reviews
#5
Foscam
75%
75%
468 reviews
#6
Creative Labs
68%
68%
118 reviews
#7
KEEBOX
67%
67%
17 reviews
#8
SpotCam
66%
66%
10 reviews
#9
Gear Head
66%
66%
3 reviews
#10
Razer
65%
65%
82 reviews
#11
V7
63%
63%
115 reviews
#12
Hercules
61%
61%
17 reviews
#13
Sony
Japan
61%
61%
3 reviews
#14
iSmartAlarm
61%
61%
9 reviews
#15
Genius
61%
61%
88 reviews
#16
Adesso
61%
61%
5 reviews
#17
Belkin
61%
61%
296 reviews
#18
Creative
60%
60%
8 reviews
#19
Digital Innovations
60%
60%
8 reviews
#20
Axis
59%
59%
1 review
#21
Chuango
54%
54%
3 reviews
#22
AVerMedia
53%
53%
0 reviews
#23
Kinobo
52%
52%
0 reviews
#24
Pioneer
52%
52%
0 reviews
#25
Smarter
52%
52%
0 reviews

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.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All webcam Brands
Microsoft Webcams

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, Wide Angle Lens and Noise Cancelling Microphone which sets them apart from the competition.

There's a smaller selection of Microsoft webcams available compared to other webcam brands, with only 8 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
$0 $10 $20 $30 $40 $50 $60 $70 $80 $90 $419
Price Distribution of All Webcams
No. Of Webcams
Average Price
$64
$0 $10 $20 $30 $40 $50 $60 $70 $80 $90 $419
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 logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
23
4 stars
48
3 stars
11
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Microsoft logo

User Reviews

5 stars
338
4 stars
124
3 stars
41
2 stars
28
1 star
59
Microsoft has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its webcams than most other brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 78% of user reviews for Microsoft webcams are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% 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.

Average Review Score Logitech Microsoft Creative Labs HP Razer
Les Numeriques.com logo
94%
10 reviews
88%
5 reviews
73%
3 reviews
CNET.com logo
70%
8 reviews
67%
5 reviews
66%
4 reviews
Digital Versus logo
85%
4 reviews
87%
6 reviews
60%
1 review
Laptopmag.com logo
73%
6 reviews
80%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
77%
3 reviews
72%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
82%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
86%
5 reviews
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
clubic.com logo
77%
3 reviews
75%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
toptenreviews.com logo
92%
3 reviews
82%
2 reviews
76%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
82%
5 reviews
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.pl logo
68%
4 reviews
60%
2 reviews
50%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
93%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
1 review
70%
4 reviews
70%
1 review
v3.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
datatid.dk logo
80%
2 reviews
50%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
pcforalla.idg.se logo
80%
1 review
77%
3 reviews
computeractive.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
67%
3 reviews
itpro.no logo
82%
2 reviews
83%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
79%
3 reviews
76%
1 review
gadgetreview.com logo
90%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
66%
80 reviews
61%
29 reviews
69%
19 reviews
71%
10 reviews
48%
7 reviews
Average
81%
152 reviews
74%
81 reviews
74%
37 reviews
75%
16 reviews
71%
10 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Microsoft Webcams Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 23 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.

Microsoft has won 23 awards for its webcams.

Compare all award winning webcams

Number of Awards Logitech Microsoft Creative Labs HP Razer
Digital Versus logo
2
3
Les Numeriques.com logo
4
1
3dGameMan.com logo
2
1
1
itpro.no logo
2
2
techlabs.ua logo
3
hardware.info logo
2
1
Expert Reviews logo
2
1
toptenreviews.com logo
1
1
1
Lanoc.org logo
2
1
Laptopmag.com logo
1
2
alphr.com logo
2
1
hardware-pacers.com logo
2
IT Reviews.com logo
2
pcforalla.idg.se logo
1
1
hwt.dk logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
01net.com logo
2
rwlabs.com logo
1
1
Techradar logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
2
Other Expert Sites
22
6
6
1
6
Total
55
23
8
4
8

How Reliable Are Microsoft Webcams?

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:

RELIABLE

an eye-catching durable design
Good Gear Guide.com.au
The high resolution is supported by the built in auto focus to give a near perfect picture all of the time
Lanoc.org
build quality - excellentThe unit is lightweight
Amazon
It feels to the touch well - made
amazon.co.uk
Very good value for money this little web cam is amazing crystal clear pictures with built in mic neat
Argos.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Product is now broken
Amazon

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, Wide Angle Lens and Noise Cancelling Microphone.

Microsoft TrueColor Technology

Microsoft webcams that feature TrueColor Technology include the Microsoft LifeCam Studio ($78) and the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema ($94).

Microsoft Wide Angle Lens

Microsoft webcams that feature Wide Angle Lens include the Microsoft LifeCam Studio ($78).

Microsoft Noise Cancelling Microphone

Microsoft webcams that feature Noise Cancelling Microphone include the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema ($94).

What is the Best Mid-Range Microsoft Webcam?

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

$54.95
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD
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1280 X 720
PIXELS
RESOLUTION

A great mid range choice, priced at $54.95 is the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD, which has a Kagoo Score of 76.

Features We Love:
Full HD
Built-in microphone
2880 x 1620 still image resolution

A fully featured and bargain price built-in microphone webcam. Owners report that this webcam produces a good quality image, has a good sound quality and great picture quality.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
71
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the LifeCam Cinema HD in the US is $54.95 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Microsoft Webcam?

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

$78.18
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio
1920 X 1080
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
5MP

If you're looking for a high end Microsoft webcam then the Microsoft LifeCam Studio takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 82, but is a bit more expensive at $78.18.

Features We Love:
Wide Angle Lens
TrueColor Technology
1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
Full HD
High megapixel (5MP)

Our review analysis indicates that this webcam produces a superb quality image, has a very great video quality and good sound quality. It's 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.

94
Reviews
277 Reviews + 5 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Quite Popular
75
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Microsoft LifeCam Studio has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 81%, based on 277 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the LifeCam Studio in the US is $78.18 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Microsoft Webcam?

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

$36.95
Overstock
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Buy Now
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
1280 X 720
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1MP

At only $36.95 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Built-in microphone
Zoom capability
Photo feature
1280 x 800 still image resolution

Multiple reviews mentioned that this webcam produces an excellent quality image, has superb features and it's very easy to use. It's a classic and affordable built-in microphone webcam, with a very good spec.

90
Reviews
62 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has superb user reviews but below average expert reviews. 100% of buyers recommended this webcam to others.

The cheapest price that we could find for the LifeCam HD-3000 in the US is $36.95 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Microsoft Webcam?
Is Microsoft the Best Webcam Brand?
What Do the Microsoft Webcam Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Microsoft Webcams Received?
How Reliable Are Microsoft Webcams?
Features to Look Out For On Microsoft Webcams
Microsoft TrueColor Technology
Microsoft Wide Angle Lens
Microsoft Noise Cancelling Microphone
What is the Best Mid-Range Microsoft Webcam?
What is the Best High End Microsoft Webcam?
What is the Best Budget Choice Microsoft Webcam?

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