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7 Reasons For
Across all webcams, the LifeCam HD-3000 is one the top selling products currently on the market.
Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams
Microsoft is one of the better rated webcam brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Microsoft also has good ratings for its built-in microphone webcams.
One Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 owner reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Micromart.co.uk mentioned four years ago “That makes it pleasantly cheap (you can pick one up for under £20).” in their review.
Good Product Quality
One customer who purchased this webcam thought it was good quality. Micromart.co.uk wrote “Good video quality for the price” in their review.
The LifeCam HD-3000 is USB powered. Most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam HD-3000 are not USB powered.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the other USB powered webcams currently available including the Hercules HD Twist[plb_365539_price], the Gear Head WC7500HD[plb_1787738_price], or the Mediatech MT4023[plb_1916641_price] which has better reviews.
Quite Long Cable Length
With a cable length of 1.829 meters, the LifeCam HD-3000 has one of the longer cable lengths amongst webcams of this age. Webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam HD-3000 have cable lengths of between 0.7m and 3.4m.
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Has a Zoom Capability
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has a zoom capability. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam HD-3000 do not have a zoom capability.
It may also be worth considering one of the other webcams with a zoom capability currently available including the Genius FaceCam 321[plb_1787710_price] which has better reviews.
9 Reasons Against
Expert Reviews Are Poor
This webcam received an expert rating of 60% from micromart.co.uk. That puts this Microsoft webcam in the bottom 21% of all the webcams of a comparable age and type.
Does Not Have a Motion Detector
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a motion detector. Most of the other webcams that have been available for more than two years also do not have a motion detector.
Does Not Feature Face Tracking
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 does not feature face tracking. Most of the other webcams that have been on the market for more than two years also do not feature face tracking.
Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the LifeCam HD-3000, the LifeCam HD-3000 is not mac compatibility.
Webcams which are mac compatibility that might also be worth considering include the Logitech C120[plb_170859_price], the Genius FaceCam 321[plb_1787710_price], or the HP 2100[plb_1498311_price] which also has a higher rating.
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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button
The LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams of this age and spec also do not have a snapshot button.
Alternative webcams which also have a snapshot button that you might want to consider include the C600[pl_497439_price], or the B500[pl_546296_price] both from Logitech or the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] which is also higher rated.
Not Full HD
The LifeCam HD-3000 is not full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec webcams that were launched around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 are also not full HD.
If you would prefer a webcam that is full HD then you might also want to look at the Hercules HD Twist[plb_365539_price].
Does Not Have a Night Mode
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams of this age and spec also do not have a night mode.
There are a number of other webcams which also have a night mode that you might also want to look at including the Gembird CAM0360U-1[plb_1284889_price] which also has a higher rating.
Fairly Big Minimum RAM
The average minimum RAM of webcams of this type and age is 560MB, and the minimum RAMs range from 32MB to 2.1GB. With a minimum RAM of 1,024 megabyte, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 has one of the bigger minimum RAMs amongst similar spec webcams of this age.
Very Big Minimum Hard Disk Space
The smallest minimum hard disk space of comparable spec webcams that were released around the same time as the LifeCam HD-3000 is 130MB and the biggest is 1.5GB. At 1,500 megabyte, the LifeCam HD-3000 has a fairly big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago.
4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when Microsoft released the LifeCam HD-3000.
This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is typical of many webcams of a similar age and type to it.
The LifeCam HD-3000 has a pretty standard megapixel (1.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type.
Alternative 1.3MP webcams currently available which you might want to consider include the C120[pl_170859_price], or the B500[pl_546296_price] both from Logitech or the Gembird A4-GWJ-800[plb_473274_price] which has better reviews.
If this Microsoft webcam megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Sweex WC070[plb_1511696_price] (2MP and higher rated), the Esperanza EC103[plb_2710911_price] (2MP and higher rated), or the Genius FaceCam 321[plb_1787710_price] (8MP and higher rated).
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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution
This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many webcams that have been available for around the same time as it.
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
1280 x 720
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
5 - 95
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
5 - 95
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-40 - 80
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 60
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional
Microsoft's LifeCam range has been around for a while now, and the LifeCam HD-3000 is a couple of years old. That makes it pleasantly cheap (you can pick one up for under £20), but be warned that... Read more…
Qualit d'image correcte (jour et nuit) en 640 x 360 pixels
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The clip could be better not much else
Not particularly bothersome at this moment, but if you do use it as a "lap"top, be ware that it runs a bit warm, 80 85c with various entertainment options running at the same time. I strictly use it a
Also, the reason why I always connect another usb keyboard to it, is that the original keyboard simple will not allow you to press too many keys at once. No kidding I can't even move properly in the f