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Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam

£46.47
£35.21 £11.26 cheaper than 74 days ago
1280 X 720 Clip USB 2.0 Nov 2012
Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Mounting Type Interface Release Date
Five industry awards
Popular choice
Produces sharp, well-exposed videos even in low-light situations
310 Reviews + 5 Awards
3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass IT Reviews.com Best Buy alphr.com Recommended rwlabs.com Editor's Choice
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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

Amongst webcams of a comparable type and age, this Microsoft webcam is one of the most awarded.

This Microsoft webcam received a "Best Buy" award from IT Reviews.com and the reviewer at Alphr.com conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award. This webcam also received an Rwlabs.com "Editor's Choice" award.

The writers at two more expert review sites both concluded that this Microsoft webcam was good. 3dGameMan.com gave this webcam a "100% Kickass" award and Les Numeriques.com gave it a "5 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Techradar, Pocket Lint, Digital Versus and alphr.com the average expert rating of this webcam is 80%. The webcam expert review sites don't rate this Microsoft webcam that highly.

Average Owner Reviews

People who bought this webcam rated this webcam 79% on average. Over 74% of reviewers gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 82% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 1,396 expert and user reviews (including 182 verified purchases), Microsoft has good reviews for its webcams. Microsoft also has good reviews specifically for its webcams. 84% of those that bought a Microsoft webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Popular Choice

The LifeCam Studio is a popular choice of webcam according to sales data from Amazon.

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Microsoft webcam was released in April 2017.


Audio

Sleek Design Reminiscent of the ISight, High Resolution, Mic is Not Too Quiet, Works in Linux

Three people reckoned that this webcam was quiet. Five years ago Newegg.com said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “My Early 2011 15" MBP goes from being powered off to iTunes playing a song with the desktop loaded in a matter of 10 15 seconds Very responsive, very quiet”. Last year Neel wrote on Walmart.com “The audio in this takes all the background noise into the recording, so just one advise, if you want to record properly, be in a quiet room” in their review of this webcam and scored it 8 stars.


Features

Good Features

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Booredatwork.com wrote five years ago “Good features” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio. Auction Addiction wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Other solid features include tripod mount” and rated the product 6 stars. Four years ago Davef47 wrote on Amazon “Haven't fully explored facilities available” in their review of this webcam.


Support

Full Manual Controls

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Futurelooks.com mentioned “Full manual controls” nonetheless they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Fred D-S gave the product a score of 5 stars and he mentioned “What I like is the manual / variable settings for focus, frame rate, exposure, contrast” in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.


Performance

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Across all webcams of a comparable spec and age to this webcam the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 1600 x 1200 pixels.

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Produces Sharp, Well-Exposed Videos Even in Low-Light Situations

Thirteen people who purchased this webcam agreed that it produced a sharp image. Booredatwork.com mentioned “Produces sharp, well-exposed videos even in low-light situations”. Bhphotovideo.com said “For superior sharpness and image quality” in their review of this webcam but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Digitalversus.com said six years ago “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is without a doubt the firm's best webcam, offering a sharp, clear picture, excellent audio quality”.

Eight people considered that the product produced a good quality image. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this webcam “Small form factor, decent inbuilt microphone and great low light color and image quality all make this little camera great for our use”. Six years ago Alphr.com wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “It's simple to operate and image quality is excellent –”. Three years ago Adam wrote “The image quality is "good” in his review of this webcam.

Three people who bought it thought it produced clear images. Cameron Austwick wrote in his review of this webcam two years ago “It focuses correctly and displays a crystal clear image”. Adam Graham said on Amazon “Works really well, nice clear image and plug” in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Riley4376 gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on Walmart.com “ALWAYS produces a crystal clear image each and every time”.

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Automatic Focusing and Good Audio Quality

Twenty-three owners who bought it considered that it had a good microphone. Newegg.com said “Very high quality image and sound, easy to use with skype”. Five years ago expert review site Booredatwork.com wrote “With brilliant color and crystal-clear audio, this webcam with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Ian M. gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Newegg.com “The sound comes through great even when the camera is in the back of a room”.


Design

Good Video Quality

Seventy-two customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Futurelooks.com said in their review of this webcam “This USB web camera has excellent image quality and a full 360degree rotation to capture anything you need it to” but in spite of that they only rated it 18.5 out of 100. Booredatwork.com wrote “Good video quality”. Booredatwork.com also mentioned “Automatic focusing and good audio quality” in their review.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of a comparable spec and age to this webcam also have a built-in microphone.

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Easy to Use

Sixteen people who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. Newegg.com said “SATA III and tends to use the bandwidth to some good effect” in their review of this webcam but despite that they only scored this webcam 1 stars. Expert website Cravingtech.com said “By simply using intuitive and natural gestures on the mouse itself, you can do som” although they gave it a rating of 64.380180882818 out of 100. Expert website Vr-Zone.com wrote “Microsoft LifeCam Studio comes with LifeCam 3.0 software which is simple and easy to use” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was easy to setup. V3.co.uk wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “Easy to set up Mouse is extremely comfortable Good for chronic pain sufferers”. Dear Dan the it Guy wrote in their review of this webcam on Bhphotovideo.com “Very easy to setup if you have windows 7 or 8”. Kimcppb said “So easy to set up! And great resolution! At a great price!” in their review of this webcam.

Two customers who bought this webcam thought it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Walmart.com said “Fedora 17 Linux installed quickly (basically full usb speed from thumb drive) - kernel already has settings for SSD built-in, nothing else to do”. Newegg.com mentioned “Customize your own settings that work best for you” in their review of this webcam.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Well Made

Seven people who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio agreed that it was well made. Walmart.com mentioned “This is a price leader with solid performance right now (after the firmware”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “The flexible camera mount is really well made” although they gave this webcam a score of 20 out of 100. Three years ago Comfortably Dumb said on Bhphotovideo.com “I wanted much better resolution and image quality than my laptop's built in webcam” in their review of this webcam.

Three owners concluded that this webcam was strong and durable. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review last year “An eye-catching durable design” . Two years ago Caroline C. wrote in her review of this webcam on Newegg.com “This is a rugged little camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Caroline C. also wrote “Combined with the low light picture quality and price, this is a tough webcam to beat” in her review.

Three owners reckoned that the product was reliable. Adam wrote two years ago “I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable webcam” and rated this webcam 7 stars. Evan N. mentioned “If you're looking for a great, dependable webcam at a very reasonable price I highly recommend this one” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio and rated it 8 stars. Three years ago Connor Landregan said on Amazon “Get the logitec c920, around the same price and by far more reliable!”.

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Flott Design

Thirteen customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was well designed. Six years ago Maximumcpu.net said in their review of this webcam “Sleek design reminiscent of the iSight, high resolution, mic is not too quiet, works in Linux” but they rated it 1 stars. Booredatwork.com said “Design et finitions”. Booredatwork.com also wrote “Flott design” in their review.

Thirteen owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert review site Cravingtech.com wrote “A more stylish look”. Expert review site Vr-Zone.com mentioned “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio sports a mix of silver and black aluminium finish which looks fairly stylish” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Six years ago Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio on Digital Versus “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is certainly a stylish webcam.”.

Three people who purchased this webcam considered that it was ergonomic. V3.co.uk wrote ten years ago “Comfortable and ergonomic” nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 17.6 out of 100. V3.co.uk also wrote “Microsoft’s Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 is a keyboard” in their review. V3.co.uk also mentioned “The keyboard is less ergonomic than uncomfortable” in their review.

Two customers said that it was neat. Mr Mervyn Head mentioned “The camera sits neatly on top of my screen” and gave it a score of 7 stars. David a wrote on Amazon “Neat unit - appears to be well constructed”. One owner who reviewed this webcam considered that it was smooth. Crisptech mentioned on Walmart.com “Works like a charm with smooth connection and Skype compatibility”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Beautiful Picture Quality, Stylish and Compact, Great Sound

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was heavy and bulky. Cravingtech.com wrote in their review of this webcam “Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip” and scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 5 stars. Expert review site Techcrunch.com wrote in their review of this webcam “It’s pricey and rather bulky.”. Derek H. rated it 6 stars and he mentioned on Newegg.com “Don't waste your money with this bulky webcam”.

One owner who reviewed this webcam considered that it was compact. Four years ago Pocket Lint said “Beautiful picture quality, stylish and compact, great sound”. One owner who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. C4evap mentioned on Walmart.com “It's lightweight and sits very nicely at the top of my laptop”.

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Price

Price Has Gone Down by £11.26 (24%)

The price has dropped from £46.47 to £35.21 in the last 74 days. Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 90% chance that the price will go back up. However the future is never certain and there remains a 10% chance that the price will actually go down further.

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Decent Price

Fourty-five customers reckoned that it was good value for money. Booredatwork.com said “Decent price”. Seven years ago expert website Futurelooks.com scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 6 stars and wrote “It easily outperforms many of the offerings that you find at cheaper price points” in their review of this webcam. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint four years ago “They are, in fact, cheap camcorder” in their review of this webcam.

Six customers said in their reviews that the product was expensive. Expert review site Futurelooks.com mentioned “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio isn’t exactly the least expensive webcam on the market.” in their review of this webcam. Expert review site Engadget.com wrote “At $99 the LifeCam Studio is among the most expensive consumer webcams out there.” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Robert P. mentioned in his review of this webcam on Newegg.com “Is less expensive than many other similar SSDs” and gave this webcam a score of 8 stars.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft hz5wh00003, microsoft 1920x1080, microsoft q2f00018, microsoft q2f00001, microsoft 5wh00002, microsoft q2f00013, microsoft q2f00014, microsoft pb4265b
Barcodes 00885370139808, 00885370428186, 00885370428360, 00999996731916

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