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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam

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Product Highlights
  • USB 2.0
  • 720p HD Widescreen
  • Autofocus
  • Glass Lens
  • ClearFrame Technology
  • Digital Microphone
  • Aluminum Body

The LifeCam Cinema WebCam from Microsoft is a compact USB 2.0 camera with a high-quality glass lens. The autofocus camera can capture 720p HD widescreen video at a fluid 30 frames per second. It uses ClearFrame technology to enhance video recorded in poorly-lit environments, and features an integrated digital microphone for audio capture.

The camera's body is constructed from aluminum, which reduces its weight while at the same time improving its durability. A flexible stand is included, allowing you to position the camera with ease. The Windows Live Call button allows you to launch your favorite chat software with ease. The bundled software allows you to apply fun video effects, create your own movies, and upload still photos to the web. The camera is compatible with many popular IM clients, including Windows Live, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, and Skype.

720p sensor captures true HD quality video at up to 30fps
Autofocus system ensures that images stay sharp and detailed, even during close-ups
High-quality glass element lens delivers more accurate colors and sharper video
ClearFrame image-processing technology delivers smooth, detailed video, even in low light conditions
Digital microphone with noise cancelling technology helps improve speech quality for crystal clear audio
Aluminum body reduces weight and improves the durability of the webcam body
Windows Live Movie Maker allows you to start a movie project with one click, then upload widescreen video to social networking sites
Windows Live Photo Gallery lets you upload a photo that you can edit, tag, and share with friends and family
LifeCam Dashboard adds special effects and controls your webcam -- all from the Windows Live Messenger window
Windows Live Call Button makes it simple to start video calls. One touch of the Windows Live Call Button lets you see who's online, and you're on your way to making a video call
Bend, fold and shape the flexible base for the best angle on laptop screens, flat panels, and traditional monitors
Discover a fun way to express yourself with these entertaining video effects built into the LifeCam dashboard
Works with Windows Live, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, and Skype

Go To

Camera
Image Sensor 720p HD
Focus Autofocus
Lens Glass
Effective Pixels 1MP
Image Capture 1MP
Video Capture 720p HD
Frame Rate 30fps
Audio Noise-Cancelling Digital Microphone
General
Connector 1x USB 2.0
System Requirements Computer: Intel 1.6GHz Dual-Core (3GHz Dual-Core recommended)
Operating System: Windows XP SP2 (32-bit), Vista, 7
Memory: 1GB (2GB recommended)
Hard Drive: 1.5GB
Hardware: CD-ROM drive, USB 2.0 port, Speakers or Headphones
Software: Internet Explorer 6/7/8
Broadband Internet access required for online functionality
Power Requirements USB bus-powered
Base Dimensions (WxH) 0.94 x 2.19" (2.4 x 5.6cm)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    MicrosoftLifeCam Cinema WebCam
     
    4.7

    (based on 124 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (114)
    • Great picture quality (110)
    • Fast connection (97)
    • Good in low light (87)
    • Great extra features (48)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home computer (96)
    • Laptop / office (48)
    • Business meetings (35)
    • Monitoring (29)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (90), Budget shopper (28)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (97), Business (24)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great webcam for home or business!

    I purchased this for use with Skype primarily. Out of the box, it looked great - the all aluminum body & glass lens showed the quality. It also has a 3yr warranty from...Read complete review

    I purchased this for use with Skype primarily. Out of the box, it looked great - the all aluminum body & glass lens showed the quality. It also has a 3yr warranty from Microsoft, so keep your receipt just in case you need to use it. The autofocus is fast, faster than other webcams I've tried. I like the clip on the USB cable, which allows you to neatly bundle the cord to make it tidy. Low light quality is also great. If you follow the setup advice below, you'll have this up & running in about 5mins (setup is for PC, using Skype 5.0 for Windows):1) Download the latest driver from Microsoft, here is the link [@]12) Start the setup process after you download the driver by 2x-clicking on the file. It will walk you through the setup process, ask you to plug in the cam, etc.3) If you don't use any of the Microsoft supplied applications to video call/conference, there is an option to exclude them during setup.4) After setup completes, use the Microsoft Live Cam application to check the cam and make any adjustments. I found the "auto" setting to work well, without any further tweaking needed.Enjoy your new webcam!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    LilfeCam is pretty cool

    I wanted a camera to stream video from our church. This camera was a little hard to install on Windows XP - It kept downloading updates and after the third time I was able...Read complete review

    I wanted a camera to stream video from our church. This camera was a little hard to install on Windows XP - It kept downloading updates and after the third time I was able to use it. Once set up it works great. If you are going to use it on Skype then it is a little tougher. The Skype control panel says the video quality is either bad or medium depending on which USB port is used. It needs a USB 2 port or better. The image is a little fuzzy unless you sit in the sweet spot (about 12 - 16" from the camera). I am not able to find a focus control. It is working well for us after we got it installed. I followed al the instructions. I am not sure about the HD. It doesn't seem to be High Def to me.

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    5.0

    very nice webcam...

    By donr

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Connection
    • Good In Low Light
    • Great Extra Features
    • Sharp Image
    • Works Very Well

    Cons

    • Can't Find Any

    Best Uses

      Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

      really do like this product. havn't found anything to complain about... highly recommend it...

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Nice video. Nice audio.

      By Luis

      from Stroudsburg, PA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Sharp Image

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Meetings
        • Home Computer

        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

        Camera does what its job well. No-hassles installation. The contraption that holds the camera on the display could be more functional; I ended up taping the camera to the computer display.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Pretty Pretty Pretty Good

        By PPN NYC

        from Brooklyn,NY

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast Connection

        Cons

        • Incompatible With My Computer

        Best Uses

        • Business Meetings
        • Laptop
        • Monitoring

        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

        I bought this to live-stream a monthly lecture series that I curate/host. I should have read the specs -- not compatible with my Mac laptop! (Duh, Joe, "microsoft" is in the name...) but I was able to connect it to my Lenovo lickety-split. The picture quality was great (better on the backup recording than the livestream, for obvious reasons) and the sound quality was surprisingly good! I already recommended this product to several friends. Great value and quality!

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        Better to have more than less

        By Frosty

        from Long Beach

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast Connection
        • Sharp Image

        Cons

        • Slow Autofocus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

          Webcam came quickly after ordered
          Easily set up
          Image quality is higher than some can even receive
          Primary use is skype: Users report excellent quality, on par or better than isight
          Low light image is good
          Does not slow down my computer when used
          Cons
          -Autofocus does take a couple seconds occasionally but it's not bad unless you're moving through the room constantly
          Can't comment on the microphone as I use a headset with it
          Neutral
          Stand is not extremely innovative but does what it is designed to do. Can put it on top of monitor or desk easily.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Awesome Cam

          By Samir

          from Dallas,TX

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast Connection
          • Good In Low Light
          • Sharp Image

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Computer
            • Laptop

            Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

            Works great in both in low light and sunlight

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Good working webcam

            By Radio740

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast Connection
            • Good In Low Light

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Meetings
              • Home Computer

              Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

              Easy install with things up and running in about 15 minutes. Good video quality, works well for video calling. My first webcam and feel it was a good choice. Will get confused focusing once in a while but usually comes back within a few seconds and no adjustment. Running on an old AMD Athion XP machine with minimal problem provided no other applications running. Something with more power would probably work much better.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Good camera

              By Taylor

              from North Carolina

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast Connection
              • Sharp Image

              Cons

              • Bad In Low Light

              Best Uses

                Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                I do not actually use this camera for it's intended purpose. I keep the camera hooked up to my computer for photographing new inventory. The photographs are solely for records and it serves the purpose well. Small and easy to keep stored at my computer, automatic focus is wonderful, easy to use. The only negative is that no matter the lighting the images tend to come out a little dark but that doesn't really matter for my purposes.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                i would buy it again.

                By nugget

                from Maryland

                About Me Value Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast Connection
                • Good In Low Light
                • Great Extra Features

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                    I enjoy using it and the quality and production is good

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Great product!

                    By Duartejr

                    from Americana, SP, Brasil

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast Connection
                    • Good In Low Light
                    • Sharp Image

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                        Great webcam! Good images and sound. Messengers and tapes have a great view.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Works as expected

                        By Lifecam new user

                        from Plymouth, MI

                        About Me Value Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast Connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                            Works well with Skype. Video is clear, but the frame rate is low (10fps) at the 1280x720 resolution which means jerky motion. Keep in mind that this resolution is good for video, but too low for stills. There is a button on the camera to launch MSN messenger, but the button is not reprogrammable to launch other programs (e.g. Skype). The software that comes with it is very basic. I use iSpy (free) instead.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            i like it

                            By kobi

                            from new york

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast Connection
                            • Good In Low Light
                            • Sharp Image

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Computer

                              Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                              it is great. but does not fit with laptop properly.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              It's a webcam

                              By Lubu

                              from Phoenix, AZ

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast Connection
                              • Good In Low Light
                              • Sharp Image

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Computer
                                • Laptop

                                Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                Works well for Skype on Windows 7 64. Much better picture and auto low light adjustment than my old Logitech. Also use it to replace dead webcam on HP laptop. Comes with a long cord. Doesn't keep face centered automatically, though. Nonetheless, it does what I expected, and I would recommend it.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                PICTURE PERFECT

                                By LOUIE K

                                from MAHWAH, NJ

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast Connection
                                • Good In Low Light
                                • Sharp Image

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Computer

                                  Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                  LOOKS GREAT AND PRODUCES GREAT VIDEO'S AND PICTURES - EASY TO INSTALL AND ADJUST

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  Very nice picture, hesitant autofocus

                                  By Anselbhakth

                                  from MD

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast Connection
                                  • Good picture in low light
                                  • Sharp Image

                                  Cons

                                  • Shifty lowlight autofocus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Meetings
                                  • Home Computer
                                  • Laptop

                                  Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                  Picture quality and white balance is great with out of the box settings. Sound is good too. Autofocus can be shifty if light is not adequate or the subject moves fast or often. However you can use manual focus if that happens (using supplied software settings). The supplied software is adequate for camera settings with no fancy gimmicks.
                                  I use it for Skype and web conferencing and works fine for me.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  Small but powerful

                                  By Bruce

                                  from Clinton, CT

                                  About Me Value Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast Connection
                                  • Sharp Image

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video conferencing

                                  Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                  This camera works great for video conferencing. I have used it with Skype and Yahoo IM. It was easily installed and both the video and audio quality are excellent.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  1.0

                                  seebirdflys

                                  By seebirdflys

                                  from Flagstaff, AZ

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast Connection
                                  • Good In Low Light

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Image

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                    When I first hooked this thing up, it was pretty awesome. I hooked it up to a computer with windows 7, and a computer with XP. The video quality wast perfect, but it was better than what I used to have. It took pretty good video's and since I use this alot to use sign language video's, that was pretty important. however, after about 2 weeks of using this product, the video's I took started getting rather distorted, on both computers. for instance, the video part would speed up to twice the speed, then slow down, and the audio would cut out, or vice versa. The entire shoot was ruined, and I needed to take it again. It was incredibly frustrating. it got worse and worse until I eventually gave up, and now I am writing this review. its a good camera, but remember, nothing is perfect.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    5.0

                                    I would recommended this product

                                    By stevie

                                    from washington, dc

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast Connection
                                    • Sharp Image

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Computer

                                      Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                      Great camera for the right price. It was up and running on my MAC in 5 mins. Very clear pic.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      4.0

                                      Works great

                                      By GreyCard

                                      from Clarksburg, WV

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast Connection
                                      • Good In Low Light
                                      • Sharp Image

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Business Meetings
                                        • Home Computer
                                        • Laptop
                                        • Monitoring

                                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                        Great video, however the mic can get a little tinny at higher volumes

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        I recommened this to a friend

                                        By quality guy

                                        from california

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Fast Connection
                                        • Good In Low Light
                                        • Great Extra Features
                                        • Sharp Image

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Computer
                                          • Laptop
                                          • Monitoring

                                          Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                          The image is sharp great,the zoom works very well, over all it works really good

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          4.0

                                          Nice!

                                          By dude

                                          from salt lake city

                                          About Me Value Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Fast Connection
                                          • Sharp Image

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Cinema WebCam:

                                              So far so good. Picture is nice and set up was extremely simple.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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