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11 Reasons For
Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams
Webcams manufactured by Microsoft have an average rating of 85 out of 100, which is in the top 19% of all webcam brands that we have analysed.
Features Face Tracking
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio features face tracking. Most of the other similar spec webcams that have been available for more than two years do not feature face tracking.
Unlike most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Studio which are not USB powered, the LifeCam Studio is USB powered.
Has a Built-In Microphone
Like most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for more than two years, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone.
Alternative webcams with a built-in microphone currently available which you might also want to consider include the Logitech B910[plb_726696_price] which has better reviews.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution
The LifeCam Studio has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels webcam, which is the most common video resolution.
This webcam's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Studio.
A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of webcam.
Has a Zoom Capability
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a zoom capability. Most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Studio do not have a zoom capability.
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Has a Snapshot Button
Unlike most of the other webcams of this type and age which do not have a snapshot button, the LifeCam Studio has a snapshot button.
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec webcams that have been available for more than two years are not Full HD.
Other Full HD webcams currently available which you might also want to consider include the DeLOCK 95999[plb_2943375_price] which is cheaper.
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac Operating System
The LifeCam Studio supports a Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac operating system which is newer than most webcams of a similar age and spec to it. Most webcams of this age and type support a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac operating system. In addition, this Microsoft webcam supports a Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac operating system.
This webcam's Mac operating systems support (Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks) is in fact the best supported Mac operating systems support across all webcams of this age and spec.
Across similar types of webcam the worst supported Mac operating systems support is Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
Very Long Cable Length
With a cable length of 1.829 meters, the LifeCam Studio has a very long cable length compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type. The shortest cable length of similar spec webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam Studio is 0.91m and the longest is 1.9m.
1080p Supported Video Mode
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio supports a better supported video mode than most webcams of this spec and age. This webcam supports a 1080p supported video mode, whereas most medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for around the same time as it support a 720p supported video mode.
This webcam's supported video mode (1080p) is in fact the best supported supported video mode across all medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for more than two years.
Across similar types of webcam the worst supported supported video mode is 720p.
8 Reasons Against
Does Not Have a Motion Detector
Most medium megapixel count webcams that have been available for more than two years do not have a motion detector. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a motion detector.
Not Mac Compatible
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is not Mac compatible. Most of the other webcams of this type and age are also not Mac compatible.
After checking the price of 20 webcams of a comparable type and age they range in price from £9 to £100. We think that this webcam looks expensive compared to other webcams of a comparable type and age.
Does Not Have a Night Mode
Most medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio do not have a night mode. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.
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Quite Small Digital Zoom
At only 3 times zoom factor, the LifeCam Studio has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel count webcams that have been available for around the same time as the LifeCam Studio. Webcams of a comparable age and type to the LifeCam Studio have digital zoom of between 2x and 10x.
The lightest webcam that is a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio is 26g heavy and the heaviest is 230g. The LifeCam Studio is one of the heavier medium megapixel count webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Studio (104 grams) amongst webcams of this age.
Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space
The smallest minimum hard disk space of webcams of this age and type is 200MB and the biggest is 1.5GB. When compared to other medium megapixel count webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Studio that we have checked the minimum hard disk space of, the LifeCam Studio's minimum hard disk space of 1,500 megabyte is one of the biggest.
Fairly Big Minimum RAM
The LifeCam Studio has one of the bigger minimum RAM (1,024 megabyte) amongst similar spec webcams of this age. Across all the medium megapixel count webcams that have been around for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio the minimum RAM range from 32MB to 2.1GB, and the average minimum RAM is 620MB.
3 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam Studio
Released Over Four Years Ago
This medium megapixel count webcam was released over four years ago.
Average Maximum Frame Rate
The LifeCam Studio has a pretty standard maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam Studio.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available including a cheaper webcam such as the DeLOCK 95999[plb_2943375_price] or you might consider a higher scoring webcam such as the Logitech B910[plb_726696_price].
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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Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Storage Relative Humidity Range
5 - 65
Operating Relative Humidity Range
5 - 80
Storage Temperature Range
-40 - 60
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40
Windows Operating System
Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP Home
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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
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