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Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam

3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass IT Reviews.com Best Buy alphr.com Recommended Les Numeriques.com 5 Star rwlabs.com Editor's Choice
1280 X 720 Clip USB 2.0 Nov 2012
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16 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

This webcam has received five awards from expert review sites.

The writers at three expert review sites all liked this Microsoft webcam. This webcam received a "Best Buy" award from IT Reviews.com who thought it was would make a great purchase and the editor of Alphr.com conluded that they would recommend it and gave it a "Recommended" award. Furthermore, the reviewer at Rwlabs.com said that this Microsoft webcam was brilliant and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

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

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Good Expert Reviews

Fourteen experts from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and futurelooks.com have rated this webcam on average 81%.

User Reviews Are Average

LifeCam Studio owners on average rated this webcam 79%.

Reasonably Priced

A few people who purchased the product considered that it was good value for money. Andrew Dutton wrote in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon “My Logitech camera, purchased for a similar price, has much better video” nonetheless he scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 60 out of 100. Jim mentioned in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon “The price is good”. Marcin Bach said on Amazon “The discounted price can be tempting.” in their review of this webcam.

A number of people who bought the product concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Four years ago Jim mentioned 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”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com said “They are, in fact, cheap camcorder” .

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer who reviewed the product said that it was cheap. Futurelooks.com mentioned seven years ago “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio isn’t exactly the least expensive webcam on the market.”.

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Nice Design

Several Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who reviewed the Microsoft LifeCam Studio concluded that it was a good design. Chuckie said in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “Great design” nonetheless they scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 40 out of 100. Six years ago expert website Maximumcpu.net said “Has a sleek “industrial” brushed aluminum design” in their review. Toptenreviews.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Even though it's not our top choice, this web cam’s quality and design will not disappoint” in their review.

A few customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Four years ago Danni wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon “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 scored it 40 out of 100. Six years ago expert website Cravingtech.com said in their review of this webcam “A more stylish look”. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is certainly a stylish webcam.” in their review of this webcam.

Several Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this webcam was neat. Last year David a said on Amazon “Neat unit - appears to be well constructed” in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio and rated the product 4 stars. Mr Mervyn Head rated the product as excellent and he mentioned on Amazon “The camera sits neatly on top of my screen”.

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Easy to Use

A few people who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Chris Pay wrote three years ago “The driver seems to load OK and you can operate and control the camera OK in Skype” in his review. Hadders said “Simple and easy to use” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review. Saiya.e.whitehead mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio on Amazon “Grate product easy to use i would defiantly recommend it to anyone that wants a good webcam that works in HD”.

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

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Good Product Quality

Fourty-two Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. A. R. said in their review “The dynamic range really good and the sound quality superb”. Adam Graham mentioned on Amazon “Good cam with decent 720p video quality”. Amazon Customer wrote “Excellent camera, high quality video and it comes in” in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review.

Good Picture Quality

Seven Microsoft LifeCam Studio owners wrote in their reviews that it produced a sharp image. A. R. mentioned on Amazon “The image is very sharp” in their review of this webcam. Lee Cox rated it as excellent and he mentioned “Now i use that, crisp 1080p recordings, sweet”. R Francis mentioned in their review on Amazon “Although a little larger than I was led to believe the capture is as crisp as a new £10.00 note” and scored it very highly.

A few Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers agreed that the Microsoft LifeCam Studio produced clear images. Adam Graham mentioned in his review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “Works really well, nice clear image and plug” and rated the product as excellent. Cameron Austwick said in his Microsoft LifeCam Studio review on Amazon two years ago “Displays a crystal clear image”.

A number of Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers who purchased the Microsoft LifeCam Studio thought it produced a good quality image. Alphr.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote “It's simple to operate and image quality is excellent –”.

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Good Sound Quality

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good microphone. David a said on Amazon “Audio is adequate”. Leo L said on Amazon “Works very well, clear video and audio”. Mr Mervyn Head wrote on Amazon “Gives very good video and sound quality”.

Good Brand

We checked 1,137 user and expert reviews for Microsoft webcams and found that on average Microsoft has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Microsoft has good reviews specifically for its webcams.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Davef47 wrote in their review “Haven't fully explored facilities available” and gave the product an excellent review score. Expert website Maximumcpu.net said in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “Not cheap or plastic like most do, has a good feature set”.

Robust

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Studio was reliable. Connor Landregan mentioned in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio on Amazon three years ago “By far more reliable!” but they scored it 1 stars.

One person considered that this webcam was well made.

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio owner said that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Two years ago R. Hines wrote in their Microsoft LifeCam Studio review “Product is now broken, I've only had it a couple months” but even so they only scored the Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1 stars.

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Good Support

Some Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewers said in their reviews that the Microsoft LifeCam Studio had good technical guidance. Fred D-S gave it a score of 5 stars and he said in his review on Amazon “What I like is the manual / variable settings for focus, frame rate, exposure, contrast”. Booredatwork.com mentioned “Full manual controls” in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.

Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to connect to the internet. In February last year David a mentioned “In other situations it is good for Internet conversations”.

One Microsoft LifeCam Studio reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. Five years ago Booredatwork.com wrote in their review of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio “This USB web camera has excellent image quality”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the LifeCam Studio.

Alternative webcams with a built-in microphone currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Logitech C510, or the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (£16.03).

There are a number of alternative webcams which also have a built-in microphone that you might want to consider including the Logitech B910 HD Kit (£61.66).

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1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels webcam, which is the most common video resolution. The best video resolution of all webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam Studio is 1600 x 1200 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

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

Not Good in Terms of Size

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. Expert website Cravingtech.com mentioned “Though the mouse is a bit heavy and can be uncomfortable after using it for a while (on a claw grip”. Expert website Techcrunch.com wrote “It’s pricey and rather bulky.” in their review. Booredatwork.com said in their review five years ago “It's a little too bulky to use with a laptop”.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the LifeCam Studio, the LifeCam Studio does not have a motion detector.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Most webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio do not feature face tracking. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The LifeCam Studio is not mac compatibility. Most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago are also not mac compatibility.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams of a similar type and age to the LifeCam Studio do not have a snapshot button. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a snapshot button to this webcam and we think the Logitech C510 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio does not have a zoom capability, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the LifeCam Studio also do not have a zoom capability.

There are a number of other webcams which also have a zoom capability which you might also want to consider including the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (£16.03) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most webcams of a comparable type and age to the LifeCam Studio do not have a night mode. The LifeCam Studio is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Heavy

The weights of webcams that have been around for a similar time to the LifeCam Studio range from 0.35g to 840g, and the average weight is 130g. At 128 grams, the LifeCam Studio is quite heavy compared to most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Awards

3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass IT Reviews.com Best Buy alphr.com Recommended Les Numeriques.com 5 Star rwlabs.com Editor's Choice

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers q2f00001, q2f00013, q2f00018, hz5wh00003, microsoft pb4265, microsoft pb4265b, microsoft q2f00018, microsoft q2f00013, microsoft q2f00001, microsoft 5wh00002, microsoft q2f00014, microsoft 1920x1080, microsoft hz5wh00003
Barcodes 00885370139808, 00885370428186, 00885370428360, 00999996731916

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