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5MP 1920 X 1080 Sep 2011
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#1196 - Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam Video Review
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio Unboxing and Review (Compared to LifeCam HD)
Review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD Webcam

26 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

Experts in webcams really like this Microsoft webcam and have given it five awards.

Three expert review sites liked this webcam. This medium megapixel webcam received an IT Reviews.com "Best Buy" award and the editor of Alphr.com conluded that they would endorse it and gave it a "Recommended" award. This webcam also received an Rwlabs.com "Editor's Choice" award.

3dGameMan.com gave this webcam a "100% Kickass" award and it received a "5 Star" award from Les Numeriques.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and futurelooks.com the average expert rating of this medium megapixel webcam is 81 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Average

People who bought this webcam rated this webcam 79% on average.

Good Sound Quality

A few people who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio wrote that it had a good microphone. David a said in his review of this webcam on Amazon in January last year “Audio is adequate”. Four years ago Leo L gave the product a score of 5 stars and he said in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “Works very well, clear video and audio”. Mr Mervyn Head mentioned “Gives very good video and sound quality” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Easy to Use

Several Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Chris Pay mentioned on Amazon “The driver seems to load OK and you can operate and control the camera OK in Skype” in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Hadders gave the Microsoft LifeCam Studio an excellent review and mentioned on Amazon in January last year “Simple and easy to use” in their review. Saiya.e.whitehead said on Amazon “Grate product easy to use i would defiantly recommend it to anyone that wants a good webcam that works in HD” in their review of this webcam and scored it very highly.

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Booredatwork.com said “Needs a powerful PC for max settings” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.

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Nice Design

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design. Chuckie wrote on Amazon two years ago “Great design” however they scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 40 out of 100. Maximumcpu.net wrote “Has a sleek “industrial” brushed aluminum design”. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com gave the Microsoft LifeCam Studio a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “Even though it's not our top choice, this web cam’s quality and design will not disappoint”.

A few people who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. Danni wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “I bought this webcam so I could have better quality when streaming and after a month I was pretty happy with it” yet they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Expert review site Cravingtech.com mentioned six years ago “A more stylish look” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Digitalversus.com said in their review on Digital Versus “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is certainly a stylish webcam.”.

Two customers who purchased it reckoned that it was neat. David a wrote on Amazon “Neat unit - appears to be well constructed”. Four years ago Mr Mervyn Head gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review “The camera sits neatly on top of my screen”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners reckoned that it was good quality. A. R. said “The dynamic range really good and the sound quality superb”. Adam Graham wrote on Amazon “Good cam with decent 720p video quality” in his review of this webcam. Last year Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “Excellent camera, high quality video and it comes in”.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. Two years ago Andrew Dutton said on Amazon “My Logitech camera, purchased for a similar price, has much better video” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Jim said “The price is good” in his review of this webcam. Two years ago Marcin Bach said in their review “The discounted price can be tempting.”.

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Jim wrote in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon “It is like sending the other person HD production quality, whencompared to the cheap web cams they install into laptops”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert website Pocket Lint “They are, in fact, cheap camcorder” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer said in their reviews that this webcam was cheap. Futurelooks.com mentioned “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio isn’t exactly the least expensive webcam on the market.” in their review.

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Good Picture Quality

Some customers who bought this webcam mentioned that it produced a sharp image. Two years ago A. R. rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The image is very sharp”. Lee Cox mentioned in his review of this webcam “Now i use that, crisp 1080p recordings, sweet”. R Francis said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon “Although a little larger than I was led to believe the capture is as crisp as a new £10.00 note”.

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners reckoned that it produced clear images. Two years ago Adam Graham he mentioned “Works really well, nice clear image and plug” in his review of this webcam. Cameron Austwick wrote “Displays a crystal clear image”.

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it produced a good quality image. Expert review site Alphr.com scored the product 4 stars and said in their review six years ago “It's simple to operate and image quality is excellent –”.

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A Top Selling Product

The LifeCam Studio is one the fastest selling webcam currently on sale.

Microsoft Webcams Have Good Reviews

Medium megapixel webcams produced by Microsoft have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all webcams (not just medium megapixel webcams) and found that Microsoft also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Technical Features

A few people who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Studio considered that it had good features. Four years ago Davef47 wrote on Amazon “Haven't fully explored facilities available”. Maximumcpu.net said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “Not cheap or plastic like most do, has a good feature set”.

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One Microsoft LifeCam Studio owner thought it was reliable. Connor Landregan said “By far more reliable!” . One Microsoft LifeCam Studio owner who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Studio thought it was well made.

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. R. Hines mentioned on Amazon “Product is now broken, I've only had it a couple months” in their review of this webcam.

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Good Support

A few Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio agreed that it had good technical guidance. Fred D-S gave the product a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “What I like is the manual / variable settings for focus, frame rate, exposure, contrast”. Five years ago Booredatwork.com mentioned in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “Full manual controls”.

Good Connectivity

One customer wrote in their reviews that this webcam was able to connect to the internet. David a said in his review on Amazon last year “In other situations it is good for Internet conversations”. One person who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Studio mentioned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Five years ago Booredatwork.com mentioned “This USB web camera has excellent image quality” in their review.

Price Has Dropped by £2.55

The LifeCam Studio has dropped in price by £2.55 in the last few days.

Features Face Tracking

The LifeCam Studio features face tracking, unlike most of the other webcams that have been on the market for more than two years which do not feature face tracking.

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USB Powered

Unlike most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for more than two years which are not USB powered, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is USB powered.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other webcams of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Microsoft 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all webcams of this age and spec.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of webcam.

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USB Interface

This webcam has a USB 2 interface, which is the most frequently found interface on webcams of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has a Snapshot Button

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a snapshot button, unlike most of the other medium megapixel webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio which do not have a snapshot button.

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Full HD

The LifeCam Studio is full HD. Most of the other medium megapixel webcams that have been on the market for more than two years are not full HD.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a zoom capability. Most of the other medium megapixel webcams that were released more than two years ago do not have a zoom capability.

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Very Long Cable Length

The cable lengths of medium megapixel webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the LifeCam Studio range from 1m to 1.9m, and the average cable length is 1.6m. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has one of the longest cable lengths (1.829 meters) amongst similar spec webcams of this age.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio supports a 1080p supported video modes which is better than most webcams of this type and age. Most webcams of this type and age support a 720p supported video modes.

A 1080p supported video modes is actually the best supported supported video mode amongst all webcams that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of webcam the worst supported supported video mode is 720p.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who purchased it concluded that it was not quiet. Booredatwork.com wrote “Sleek design reminiscent of the iSight, high resolution, mic is not too quiet, works in Linux”. One Microsoft LifeCam Studio owner mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was not noisy. Booredatwork.com wrote “Lens Cap is pretty much useless, background noise is picked up” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Several people who reviewed it thought it was not heavy and bulky. Six years ago expert website Cravingtech.com said “Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip”. Expert review site Techcrunch.com said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “It’s pricey and rather bulky.”. Booredatwork.com wrote “It's a little too bulky to use with a laptop” in their review.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Most medium megapixel webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio do not have a motion detector. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a motion detector.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Most medium megapixel webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Studio are not mac compatibility. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too is not mac compatibility.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The LifeCam Studio does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the LifeCam Studio has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel webcams that have been on the market for more than two years. Webcams that were released more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 2x and 10x.

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Heavy

Across all the webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Studio the weights range from 26g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of 104 grams, the LifeCam Studio is quite heavy compared to most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to the LifeCam Studio.

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Very Big Minimum RAM

At 1,024 megabyte, the LifeCam Studio has a fairly big minimum RAM compared to most of the other webcams of this spec and age. The average minimum RAM of comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the LifeCam Studio is 600MB, and the minimum RAMs range from 32MB to 1.1GB.

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Fairly Big Minimum Hard Disk Space

At 1,500 megabyte, the LifeCam Studio has a fairly big minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other webcams of this type and age. Webcams of a similar spec and age to the LifeCam Studio have minimum hard disk spaces of between 200MB and 1.5GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 410MB.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The LifeCam Studio has a fairly average maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to the LifeCam Studio.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

Microsoft released the LifeCam Studio over five years ago.

Specification

Performance
Megapixel
Maximum Frame Rate
Face Tracking
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Snapshot Button
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Diagonal Field of View
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Maximum Interpolated Image Resolution
Photo Feature
Supported Video Modes
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Mounting Type
Colour of Product
Interface
Certification
LED Indicators
Cable Length
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
USB Powered
Mac Compatibility
Optical Drive Required
Minimum System Requirements
Compatible Operating Systems
CD/DVD-ROM Drive Requirement
USB Required
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM
Minimum Processor
Colour
Safety
Width (imperial)
Height
Depth (imperial)
Frequency Range
Tripod Mountable
Packaging Data
Manual
CRT Stand
LCD Clamp
Quantity

5 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(29)
24 January 2013

At first the price looks alarming, but you can get this camera for £65 or less if you look about. We don't like the fact that the autofocus is dreadful, and the minor glitch when using a USB hub...

17 September 2012

The closest to being there, that is pretty much what you get with the Microsoft LifeCam Studip webcam . With brilliant color and crystal-clear audio, this webcam with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor... Read more…

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
Needs a powerful PC for max settings
No 1080p video recording with included software
720p video chat currently only available with
22 December 2011

Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip), the Microsoft Touch Mouse clearly brings productivity to the table. By simply using intuitive...

21 August 2011

Software: Microsoft LifeCam Studio comes with LifeCam 3.0 software which is simple and easy to use. The LifeCam 3.0 offers many fun effects such as afro-hairdo and cowboy hat which you can apply...

22 July 2011

It isn't cheap, but it's simple to operate and image quality is excellent ? and it can record 1080p if you have the software...

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User Reviews

(155)
Reviewed 2 May 2013 by Razzzmatazzz
Razzzmatazzz would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio

After being hounded by my girlfriend Tieler,I broke down and purchased a webcam. I went through 7 different makes and models all under 30 dollars each. They were basic and easy to use with fair to... Read more…

Reviewed 1 December 2011 by Jim a.
(Verified Purchase)

If you think you'll just pop in a solid state drive and install the OS, you're likely very mistaken. You'll want to research the support forums FIRST, make sure your candidate drive and machine... Read more…

Reviewed 19 January 2014 by Tbroughton
Tbroughton would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio (Verified Purchase)

This webcam installed easily on my Win7Pro system. The drivers installed fast and I was setting up the webcam quicker than anticipated. The webcam adjusts on every axis, is easy to adjust to... Read more…

Reviewed 10 July 2012 by Robert P.
(Verified Purchase)

1. If you are copying data to or from a USB 2.0 device, don't expect it to go faster now that an SSD is involved. 2. The USB 2.0 speeds are still a bottleneck when transferring files. Don't expect... Read more…

Reviewed 15 January 2013 by Robert R.
(Verified Purchase)

I updated the firmware on all drives, didn't change the status on the drive. Still reported failure. I tried to RMA to Newegg but put the drive into the wrong (indentical) packaging and after a... Read more…

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