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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

£44.95
benchmarkreviews.com Gold toptenreviews.com Bronze hardware-pacers.com Editor's Choice Platinum Award Trusted Reviews Recommended
A multi award winning but poor value for money built-in microphone webcam with a platinum award from one expert review website
No Yes 5MP 1280 X 720 Pixels May 2011
Full HD Built-In Microphone Megapixel Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema number 46 across all webcams.
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883 Reviews + 8 Awards
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6 Years Old
Overall Score
54
Average

Why Has it Scored 55?

It has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 90% of buyers recommending this webcam to others. This webcam has received eight awards including a "Recommended" award from Pcfoster.pl plus one other site and an "Excellent Hardware" from Hardwareluxx.de. 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 superior 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
Quite high megapixel
Not full HD
Does not have an auto focus

Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There was a cheaper price of £24.99 on Amazon UK 82 days ago. We predict that the price will go down again.
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This Microsoft webcam is one of the most awarded by expert review sites of all the webcams.

The writers at review websites Pcfoster.pl and Trusted Reviews both concluded that they would endorse this webcam and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Three other expert review sites endorsed this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received a Hardwareluxx.de "Excellent Hardware" award and it received a "Bronze" award from review site Toptenreviews.com. In addition, the author at website Hardware-Pacers.com concluded that this Microsoft webcam was superb and gave it an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award".

This webcam was given a "Gold" award by review site Benchmarkreviews.com who concluded that this Microsoft webcam was fantastic.

The authors at two more expert review sites both said that this Microsoft webcam was very good. This webcam received a "Good Choice" award from Pcforalla.idg.se and Clubic.com gave it a "Very Good" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 15 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag this webcam has an overall expert rating of 83 out of 100.

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User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 868 user reviews the average user rating of this webcam is 87 out of 100. Over 83% of reviewers gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Good Product Quality

137 customers said in their reviews that it was good quality.

Customers Report That it is Robust

25 people concluded that it was well made and four owners who purchased it concluded that it was strong and durable.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

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

Users Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Five customers said in their reviews that the product 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 (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2011
  • 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
  • It works very well in lower lighting with minimal visual noise even in quite dim conditions…
  • The microphone has noise cancelling as well, so doesn't broadcast noise like computer fan hum for example…

Users Report Good Picture Quality

17 people who purchased the product reckoned that it produced a sharp image, five people said in their reviews that the product produced clear images and five customers concluded that this webcam produced a good quality image. two people mentioned that the product had good colour saturation.

Customers Report Good Sound Quality

65 customers who bought this webcam agreed that it had a good microphone.

Users Report Excellent Design

10 people who reviewed this webcam considered that it was neat, 10 people who bought this webcam said that it was good looking and four people who bought it considered that it was well designed. four customers who reviewed the product thought it was smooth.

Microsoft Webcams Have Very Good Reviews

We checked 2,765 expert and owner reviews (including 757 verified purchases) for Microsoft webcams and found that on average Microsoft has very good reviews compared to other manufacturers. 86% of those that bought a Microsoft webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Four owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema thought it had good features.

  • The web cam lacks certain features…
  • The picture quality and wide screen facilities are outstanding…
    Mally (Amazon.co.uk) - January 2013
  • The software that comes with it has some fun features, also…
    Geekster (Walmart.com) - 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…

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

57 customers concluded that this webcam was good value for money, however 13 buyers thought it was not reasonably priced. and nine owners who reviewed it said that it was not good value for money. four customers who purchased this webcam considered that it was expensive.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Five owners concluded that this webcam was compact, two customers wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape and two people who reviewed the product agreed that it was thin.

  • There really good, clear sound the only thing is the ear piece is heavy so tends to fall out…
    Sam (Amazon.co.uk) - October 2015
  • It is very bad quality, constantly falling out of the ears as the (metal) plugs are far too heavy…
  • The image is squashed and auto brightness doesn't work so in daylight the image was all white…
  • In terms of its physical form the camera looks compact and very well made…
    Pepper (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2013
  • The other general plus of the system is the body based image stabilisation system…
    Popo (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2009
  • Had them for about 2 months very good sound amazing too, wire is very thin then expected…
  • Very small and compact…
    Mattia Caputo (Amazon) - December 2011
  • 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 impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money…
  • Good quality, compact and works well…

Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but mediocre features and is over 6 months old, and at £44.95 it is more expensive than 61% of webcams.

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We found a cheaper price for the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema of $14.68 (£19.29) in the United States. That's a saving of £25.66.

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Features

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on webcams.

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Not Full HD

Like most other webcams, the LifeCam Cinema is not full HD. 68% of webcams are not full HD.

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Quite High Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of webcams is 0.3MP, the highest is 16MP, and the average megapixel is 2.9MP. The LifeCam Cinema's megapixel of 5MP is in the highest 18% of all webcams when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The 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, unlike 77% of webcams which do not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have an Auto Focus

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema does not have an auto focus, although this is within the context that 77% of webcams also do not have an auto focus.

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Has a Laptop Clamp

The LifeCam Cinema has a laptop clamp, which is unusual. 86% of webcams do not have a laptop clamp.

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2880 X 1620 Still Image Resolution

The highest resolution of the LifeCam Cinema is 2880 x 1620. That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1200. Across all webcams the best resolution is 2560 x 2048 and the worst is 160x120.

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Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

Microsoft released the LifeCam Cinema in May 2011.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

microsoft h5d00014, microsoft 6ch00002

Barcodes:

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