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Eight Industry Awards
Webcam experts really like this Microsoft webcam and have given it eight awards.
The experts at Trusted Reviews and Pcfoster.pl both said that concluded that they would endorse this webcam and gave it their "Recommended" award.
The reviewers at three other expert review sites liked this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received a Benchmarkreviews.com"Gold" award and the expert at Hardware-pacers.com gave it an "Editor's Choice Platinum Award" and decided it was brilliant. This Microsoft webcam also received a Hardwareluxx.de"Excellent Hardware" award.
The expert at Toptenreviews.com concluded that this webcam was good and gave it their "Bronze" award.
On average, based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this webcam is 84%. This puts this Microsoft webcam in the top 10% of all the webcams that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.
User Reviews Are Excellent
Users have rated this webcam on average 90%.
Good Picture Quality
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers agreed that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema produced a sharp image. Big John wrote on Amazon “With very sharp images” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Four years ago Darksky wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “Picture quality is good and images sharp”. Dr. A. D. Dutch said in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review on Amazon in the same month “It works great producing clear sharp images even in low light levels, my previous web cam struggled with the light levels in our house” and scored the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 5 stars.
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners wrote in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema produced a good quality image. Four years ago Geoff Lee gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote “The image quality is extremely good” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Geoff Lee also said “The image quality is great, up to 720p HD for video”. Hugo Nogueira rated it 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “Great image quality”.
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners reckoned that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema produced clear images. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon three years ago “Perfect attachment to the monitor and clear image” and rated it as very good. Geoff Lee wrote on Amazon “Artificial lighting conditions you will get a very clear image”. Roy Wright wrote in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review “Easy to use whilst offering a clear image”.
A few people who bought it considered that it had good colour saturation. Nick's gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It is quite clear, with good colours, i was thinking between microsoft lifecam 3000 or this? I am very glad i got this instead!” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Stevedover1965 wrote “The colours were good and light levels were automatically adjusted”.
Several people mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Charlie Leach gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema last year “Very impressive small and compact unit, well worth the money”. Two years ago Mark Taylor gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars and he wrote “Its very small and compact” in his review of this webcam. T R said “Crystal clear images -compact sits very neatly on screen--- very pleased-well worth the price-thoroughly recommended” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.
A few people who bought the product considered that it was lightweight. Bodger99 wrote on Amazon “It just sits on the top right corner of my monitor staring down at me as I type this! It's a really lightweight piece of kit”. One customer reckoned that this webcam was a good body shape. N. Mahmood said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “High quality - cylindical body made of metal” .
Easy to Use
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who bought this webcam reckoned that it was easy to setup. Bellbean wrote in their review on Amazon “It was easy to set up, produces clear pictures”. Irfan Hafeez scored this webcam 4 stars and said on Amazon “Easy to set up, just plug and play”. Mark Taylor said on Amazon “Excellent easy to set up Had an issue with my”.
A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Jimmyd wrote on Amazon two years ago “A brilliantly clear easy to use web cma crystal clear quality”. Four years ago Leon mentioned on Amazon “Play item plus it was easy to use with a great sharp picture” in his review of this webcam. Martin B gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review on Amazon “The cam is very easy to use and the mic is far better than the previous microsoft webcams I have used”.
Two Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to use the menus. Ab..c mentioned on Amazon “There are lots of settings to apply, such as color balance, which in my case is at its minimum setting”. Wayne H. mentioned in his review on Amazon three years ago “Remember to set it up with your computer sound mic settings to get the best from it” and gave it an excellent review score.
One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good interface. Computerpoweruser.com said in their review of this webcam eight years ago “Software-wise, Microsoft provides an appreciatively straightforward display interface” .
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Alang wrote “Ease of setup - fantastic Picture & build quality - excellent The unit is lightweight” in their review. James Duncan said three years ago “The grip is solid and keeps the camera firmly attached to my monitor” in his review. Mike Pennington mentioned on Amazon “Really good quality onscreen image (when using Skype) and very good microphone built in”.
Some customers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was reliable. Ronworr said “It has been reliable and is meeting all my requirements” in their review.
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners agreed that this webcam was neat. A Knight mentioned “It is neat, stylish”. Three years ago David Smith mentioned on Amazon “Great visuals with some neat fun effectsGood Purchase well recommended” and scored it 5 stars. Mr Baz mentioned in his review of this webcam “Wow neat webcam nicely made with good sound”.
A few Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Bodger99 said on Amazon “Surprisingly is pretty secure” and rated the product 5 stars. Mr Christopher Nutt said on Amazon “The video quality is pretty good from the little I've tested it” in his Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review and scored it very highly. Four years ago Pizzapeter1998 wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema on Amazon “When I received the webcam it worked beautifully its just plug in” and gave it a score of 4 stars.
Two people who bought this webcam concluded that it was a good design. Five years ago Soundbison rated the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 80 out of 100 and said “Great design and picture quality” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. Eight years ago expert review site Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “Bottom line, Microsoft's made quite an impression with the LifeCam Cinema, combining great design with performance on a webcam that's also priced quite reasonably given the feature set” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.
Good Product Quality
Several people who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema concluded that it was good quality. A Happy House Wife rated the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema as very good and said “I was really impressed with the image quality displayed on our office TV”. A Happy House Wife also said “I understand from the people at the other end that the sound quality was good too”. In the same month Ab..c said on Amazon “It feels to the touch well - made”.
A number of people who reviewed the product considered that it was good value for money. Three years ago A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote “All in all, very good product for the price” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review. Ab..c scored this webcam very highly and wrote “Great reduction in cost, quality webcamera”. Bang51 gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars and wrote two years ago “3) it is compatible with my windows software 4) Did I mention that it works? The price is also good”.
A few customers who bought the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema thought it was a bargain for the price. J White said “Reliable & cheap, cute little webcam” in their review of this webcam and scored it very highly. In March last year Jon R. wrote in his review of this webcam “It's 10 times better even if its a very cheap laptop” however he gave the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema a score of 1 stars. Mrgroggle gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “A bargain for the price”.
One person who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema thought it was cheap. Four years ago Stevedover1965 wrote on Amazon “So I definitely recommend this product if you like me are on a budget and want a high definition web cam” in their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema review.
Good Sound Quality
Several Microsoft LifeCam Cinema owners said in their reviews that it had a good microphone. A. D. Vivas Alvarado wrote on Amazon three years ago “It has a microphone embedded which allows to listen very clear sounds too”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Great little product! Good quality picture and sound” in their review of this webcam and gave it a score of 4 stars. Angela Williams said on Amazon “Love my Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, great picture and sound” and scored the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema very highly.
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Good Technical Features
Some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewers said in their reviews that this webcam had good features. Bellbean said on Amazon “Has the bonus of fun features that youngsters would enjoy playing with - adding cartoon features to images, stretching”. Liam W. mentioned in their review on Amazon “The Cam quality is quite poor, with alot of picture flickering, yes comes with a few cool features.”. Four years ago Mally said in their review of this webcam “The picture quality and wide screen facilities are outstanding”.
The LifeCam Cinema is one the most popular webcam currently available.
Several customers agreed that it was good in terms of USB connections. A G Smith wrote in their review on Amazon “Easy to set up, plug into usb port and use, I would definitely recommend this product”. Three years ago A. D. Vivas Alvarado mentioned “The USB cable is long enough to connect it to the back of the desktop” in their review of this webcam and gave it a score of 5 stars. Ab..c mentioned “-play the camera to a convenient USB 2.0 and above port” .
One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewer reckoned that the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema was able to connect to the internet. Mr Baz mentioned on Amazon “All it is a good webcam and a very good choice for internet chat/video worth paying a bit more here over some budget webcams” in his review of this webcam and rated the product 4 stars.
On average Microsoft webcams have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all webcams produced by Microsoft.
Acceptable Noise Level
A few customers who bought this webcam considered that it was noisy. One Microsoft LifeCam Cinema reviewer considered that the product was quiet.
Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. Pizzapeter1998 scored it 80 out of 100 and said in their review on Amazon “Also it is well built the only down side it the instruction manual it is massive”. Computerpoweruser.com wrote eight years ago “A side panel leads to manual tweaks and special effects, while a timeline shows thumbnails of shareable stills (5MP max)”.
Quite High Megapixel
The LifeCam Cinema has one of the higher megapixels (5 megapixels) amongst similar spec webcams of this age. Across all the webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Cinema the megapixels range from 0.1MP to 20MP.
Has a Built-In Microphone
The LifeCam Cinema has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other webcams that were launched more than two years ago.
1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The video resolution of all webcams of a comparable spec and age to the LifeCam Cinema ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1600 x 1200 pixels (best).
Fairly Long Cable Length
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a quite long cable length (1.829 meters) compared to most of the other webcams of a similar age and spec to the LifeCam Cinema. Across all the webcams that were released more than two years ago the cable lengths range from 0.7m to 5.7m.
CMOS Sensor Type
This webcam has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on webcams of a similar type and age to it.
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Does Not Have a Motion Detector
Most webcams that were launched more than two years ago do not have a motion detector. The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is no exception to this as it also does not have a motion detector.
Does Not Feature Face Tracking
Most webcams that have been available for more than two years do not feature face tracking. The LifeCam Cinema is no exception to this as it also does not feature face tracking.
Not Mac Compatibility
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is not mac compatibility. Most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the LifeCam Cinema are also not mac compatibility.
Quite Low Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
The lowest maximum interpolated image resolution of comparable spec webcams that were launched more than two years ago is 1.3MP and the highest is 30MP. With a maximum interpolated image resolution of only 5 megapixels, the LifeCam Cinema has a quite low maximum interpolated image resolution compared to most of the other webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema.
Does Not Have a Zoom Capability
The LifeCam Cinema does not have a zoom capability. Most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to the LifeCam Cinema also do not have a zoom capability.
Does Not Have a Snapshot Button
The LifeCam Cinema does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam Cinema also do not have a snapshot button.
Does Not Have a Night Mode
The LifeCam Cinema does not have a night mode. Most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as the LifeCam Cinema also do not have a night mode.
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Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space
At 1,500 megabyte, the LifeCam Cinema has a fairly big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams of this type and age. The smallest minimum hard disk space of webcams of this type and age is 60MB and the biggest is 1.6GB.
Very Big Minimum RAM
At 1,024 megabyte, the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema has a very big minimum RAM compared to most of the other webcams of this age and spec. The average minimum RAM of webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam Cinema is 480MB.
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
1280 x 720
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
5 - 65
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
5 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-40 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40
Operating Systems Supported (Windows)
0 - 40
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
2880 x 1620
USB, USB 2.0
Weight & Dimensions
Optical Drive Required
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP SP2 (32/64-bit)