Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
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A multi award winning but only average value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with a platinum award from one expert review website and 7 further awards from other expert sites
1280 X 720 Pixels No Yes 5MP Sep 2012
Maximum Video Resolution Full HD Built-In Microphone Megapixel Release Date
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema number 48 across all webcams.
959 Reviews + 8 Awards
Value for Money
Average Features
5 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 60?

It has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with 86% of buyers recommending this webcam to others. This webcam has received eight awards including a "Recommended" award from plus one other site and an "Excellent Hardware" from Logitech webcams also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer webcams with better features are available. However this Microsoft webcam has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest webcams 2017.
Customers report good product quality, that it is robust and it is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
The LifeCam Cinema has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a built-in microphone
Higher than average megapixel
Not full HD

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Eight Industry Awards

This Microsoft webcam is one of the most highly awarded of all the webcams.

This webcam was given a "Recommended" award by both websites and Trusted Reviews, both of which thought that this Microsoft webcam was very good.

Three additional expert review sites all liked this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received an "Excellent Hardware" award from website, confirming their endorsement and the writer at website gave it a "Bronze" award and concluded it was very good. This Microsoft webcam also received an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" from review website

This webcam was given a "Gold" award by review site who thought that this Microsoft webcam was exceptional.

The experts at two other expert review sites both thought that this Microsoft webcam was very good. This webcam received a "Good Choice" award from and gave it a "Very Good" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 17 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this Microsoft webcam is 83%.

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 942 owner reviews this webcam has an overall owner rating of 87 out of 100. 535 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 86% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Good Product Quality

141 owners considered that it was good quality, however 10 purchasers mentioned that it was not good quality. and nine customers concluded that it was not good quality.

Customers Report That it is Robust

26 customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made and four people agreed that it was strong and durable.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

25 customers reckoned that this webcam was easy to setup, 18 people agreed that this webcam was easy to use and four owners concluded that this webcam was easy to use the menus. two people said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Five people wrote in their reviews that it was noisy.

  • They are well balanced and sufficiently loud…
  • Picture quality is excellent and sound is loud and clear…
  • Unless your computer is completely silent and you don't have any air con on, this microphone WILL pick up on it…
    Annika ( - September 2011
  • It works very well in lower lighting with minimal visual noise even in quite dim conditions…
  • Rather than sounding like someone speaking into a tin can it's very much more natural sounding which is important for voice calls (it has noise cancelling too) Video quality is good…
    Mr Baz (Amazon) - June 2014
  • The microphone has noise cancelling as well, so doesn't broadcast noise like computer fan hum for example…

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

18 customers who purchased it thought it produced a sharp image, six owners mentioned in their reviews that it produced a good quality image and five owners who purchased it concluded that it produced clear images. two people concluded that this webcam had good colour saturation.

Users Report Good Sound Quality

65 owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good microphone.

Users Report Excellent Design

10 customers who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema thought it was neat, 10 people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking and four people wrote in their reviews that this webcam was smooth. three people considered that the product was well designed.

Very Good Brand

We checked 2,858 expert and user reviews (including 773 verified purchases) for Microsoft webcams and found that on average Microsoft has very good reviews compared to other brands. 85% of those that bought a Microsoft webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Four people who reviewed this webcam agreed that it had good features.

  • The web cam lacks certain features…
  • The software that comes with it has some fun features, also…
    Geekster ( - February 2011
  • It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures and has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching…
    BellBean (Amazon) - March 2014
  • The picture quality and wide screen facilities are outstanding…
    Mally (Amazon) - January 2013

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

57 owners who bought this webcam agreed that it was good value for money.

Customers Report That it is a Good Size

Five people who reviewed it said that it was compact, two customers said in their reviews that it was thin and two owners who bought it wrote that it was a good body shape.

  • The image is squashed and auto brightness doesn't work so in daylight the image was all white…
  • Had them for about 2 months very good sound amazing too, wire is very thin then expected…
  • It is very bad quality, constantly falling out of the ears as the (metal) plugs are far too heavy…
  • In terms of its physical form the camera looks compact and very well made…
    Pepper ( - February 2013
  • There really good, clear sound the only thing is the ear piece is heavy so tends to fall out…
    Sam ( - October 2015
  • The other general plus of the system is the body based image stabilisation system…
    Popo ( - February 2009
  • Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money…
  • Installation and ease of setup - fantastic Picture & build quality - excellent The unit is lightweight and the clamp is novel plus is usable for both laptops…
    AlanG (Amazon) - July 2013
  • Very small and compact…
    Mattia Caputo (Amazon) - December 2011
  • It took some fiddling to fix it to the thin screen it was being mounted to…

Value For Money

Alright Value for Money

Whilst the product is more expensive than 65% of webcams, it has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old. At £44.95 it appears to be great value for money overall.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Microsoft webcam was released in September 2012.


1280 X 720 Pixels Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many webcams.

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Not Full HD

Like most other webcams, the LifeCam Cinema is not full HD. 67% of webcams are not full HD.

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Higher Than Average Megapixel

The average megapixel of all webcams is 2.9MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 16MP. The LifeCam Cinema's megapixel of 5MP is higher than 80% of all webcams when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone. 86% of webcams also have a built-in microphone.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The LifeCam Cinema has a zoom capability, which is unusual. 79% of webcams do not have a zoom capability.

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Has a Laptop Clamp

The LifeCam Cinema has a laptop clamp, which is unusual. 87% of webcams do not have a laptop clamp.

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Has an Auto Focus

The LifeCam Cinema has an auto focus. 77% of webcams do not have an auto focus.

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2880 X 1620 Still Image Resolution

The highest resolution of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is 2880 x 1620. That's over five times the resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. The best resolution of all webcams is 2560 x 2048 and the worst is 320x240.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

microsoft h5d00014


00012304257110, 00012304320074, 00081717630872, 00083777192369, 00085477551484, 00088021285910, 00151903007365, 00163120268023, 00645439021303, 00733199415163, 00882224897921, 00882224897938, 00882224897945, 00882224897952, 00882224948746, 00882224966979, 00885370249361, 00885370249378, 00885370249408, 00885370249415, 00885370428520, 00885370428537, 00885370428544, 00885370428575, 00999992480382, 00999994709719, 03610480094474, 04988648770188, 04988648770225, 05052733215676

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