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Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 Webcam

1MP 30fps Oct 2012
Megapixel Count Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Face Tracking Release Date
Share life on-the-go with the LifeCam HD 6000. Snap it on to your notebook, and capture the excitement of life around you wherever that may be. Featuring a 720p HD sensor, the LifeCam HD 6000... More
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10 Reasons For

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

On average Microsoft low megapixel count webcams have good ratings compared to other brands as do all webcams produced by Microsoft.

Features Face Tracking

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 features face tracking. Most of the other webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 do not feature face tracking.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a face tracking and we think the Logitech C110 (£9.95), or the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 (£86.99) is also worth considering.

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USB Powered

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is USB powered. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 are not USB powered.

We compared this webcam to all the other USB powered webcams and we think because of it's better review score, the Logitech 3000 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been available for more than two years, the LifeCam HD-6000 has a built-in microphone.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has a zoom capability, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a zoom capability.

Alternative webcams with a zoom capability currently available which you might want to consider include the Logitech TV Cam HD, or the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (£16.99) which has better reviews.

There are a number of other webcams which also have a zoom capability that you might want to consider including the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 (£86.99).

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Very Narrow

Webcams of this spec and age have widths of between 1.1" and 9", and the average width is 2.7". The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is quite narrow (only 1.1 inches) compared to most of the other webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000.

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1280x720@28fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has a 1280x720@28fps resolution at capture speed which is better than most webcams that were released around the same time as it. Most webcams of this type and age have a 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed. The best resolution at capture speed of all webcams of a similar age and spec to the LifeCam HD-6000 is 1920x1080@30fps and the worst is 640x480@30fps.

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Very Shallow

At only 28 millimeters, the LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam HD-6000. The depths of webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam HD-6000 range from 8.2mm to 440mm.

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Very Narrow

Across all the webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam HD-6000 the widths range from 12mm to 700mm. At only 28 millimeters, the LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000.

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Light

The LifeCam HD-6000 is fairly light (only 45.9 grams) compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type. The average weight of low megapixel count webcams that were released more than two years ago is 100g, and the weights range from 0.35g to 480g.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 does not have a motion detector, although it is worth noting that most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000 also do not have a motion detector.

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Not Mac Compatible

Like most of the other low megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as the LifeCam HD-6000, the LifeCam HD-6000 is not Mac compatible.

If you are looking for a webcam that is Mac compatible then you might want to look at the HP 2100 (£23.89).

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Quite Short Cable Length

At only 0.736 meters, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has a very short cable length compared to most of the other webcams of this age and spec. The average cable length of low megapixel count webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam HD-6000 is 1.8m.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Like most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam HD-6000, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 does not have a snapshot button.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The LifeCam HD-6000 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Full HD

The LifeCam HD-6000 is not Full HD. Most of the other low megapixel count webcams that were launched more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

Webcams which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Logitech TV Cam HD which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Minimum RAM

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has one of the bigger minimum RAM (1,024 megabyte) amongst webcams of this age. Across all the comparable spec webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-6000 the minimum RAM range from 32MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM is 440MB.

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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

The average minimum hard disk space of webcams of this age and spec is 410MB. With a minimum hard disk space of 1,536 megabyte, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has one of the biggest minimum hard disk space amongst webcams of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this webcam was released.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The LifeCam HD-6000 has a fairly average maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type.

Other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (£16.99), or the Logitech Pro 9000 (£34.80).

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USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is 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 Count
Maximum Frame Rate
Face Tracking
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Windows Operating System
Colour Depth
Digital Zoom
Auto Focus
Photo Feature
Supported Video Mode
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mount
Colour
Interface
Certification
Sensor Type
Technical Details
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
USB Powered
USB Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Width
Height
Depth
Frequency Range
Packaging Data
Manual

Expert Reviews

11 July 2013

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Compact lightweight
720p 30fps
Auto Focus
42 image effects
Plenty of customisable video-capture options
Glossy
Poor sound quality
Requires refocusing with every subtle movement, picture is often extremely bright
Requires refocusing with every subtle movement
Picture is often extremely bright

User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 January 2011 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

The 5000 and 6000 seem to be practically identical, but this one really is setup for for a laptop. If you're on a desktop (especially if your machine is not right next to your montiors), get a... Read more…

The audio and video on this camera is very high quality
HD video, 4x pictures. The settings on the software are pretty comprehensive, too. See other thoughts
Very small form factor, nice clip for mounting to laptop screen, high image quality, built in microphone
Sturdy, high zoom, 1080p 60 fps, 360 panorama, separate switch to turn onoff the digital zoom. Twin zoom controllers, limited manual controls. Super sensitive microphones
The 720p widescreen is no joke. This camera has flawless, lagless video capability. Works great fullscreen on my 25 inch widescreen monitor
I didn't see anywhere that this was a LAPTOP version of their camera. I had used the HD 5000 for 6 months at work (excellent camera) and bought two of these 6000's for my momdad and I. Doesn't clip to
Auto-focus. See other thoughts
1) after 45 minutes of skype use my Dell Vostro 1500 started to get very hot and began dropping calls. The vid cam requires the CPU to encode, its not built in and thus can put your computer to work
2) the autofocus is very sensitive and seems to attempt to refocus at times when you wouldn't want it to
3) built in microphone picked up feedback where as built in laptop mic did not

Brochures and Manuals

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