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MicrosoftLifeCam Studio
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (18)
  • Removable (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Good in low light (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional (7)
  • Video chat (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (14), Budget shopper (6), High-end shopper (4), Quality oriented (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19), Business (12)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Webcam

The picture is sharp and clear. The automatic focus work well on the webcam too. You can place it to the top of your monitor and it's stable. The webcam has a 5...Read complete review

The picture is sharp and clear. The automatic focus work well on the webcam too. You can place it to the top of your monitor and it's stable. The webcam has a 5 1/2 UBS cable that isn't shown in the picture. You don't need to buy a cable unless you need a longer cable. The webcam comes with a lens cover, but it doesn't fit tightly, so it fall off if you're not careful. My only problem with the product is that the product doesn't tell you how to connect the product to Windows 8.1 well. You have to download the software which is a little confusing. I had to go to YouTube to figure out how to get it to work. Once I got pass this problem the Webcam worked fine. It's a good webcam once you figure out how to get it to work. It should be instructions in that regard. I recommend the webcam if you have Windows 8 or 8.1.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad pic qual, don´t work really on Mac

The fist product I´ve bought at b&h I´m not happy with. I have given away it, in case of to high freight charges to send back...Read complete review

The fist product I´ve bought at b&h I´m not happy with. I have given away it, in case of to high freight charges to send back to US from EU.
The missing information is, that the cam are not working with a Mac (I have really checked it in front of my order) as a plug and play. The standard view is overexposed and unusable. So you need an additional software, than you can get an usable picture. The resolution of HD is far away. I have done it with "webcam settings". But the most trouble I had was with my WEBINAR Software, in Germany there is EduDip frequently used. But this software crashes the delivered pictures to a very small resolution, I think less than 480*xxx. Far away from HD. I have tested my old cam (Logitech 740*480) with "webcam settings" and I have seen that it has a very important quality upgrade to de delivered picts. So far so good, this is the usable solution for me now, but there is missing the zoom.
May be I haven´t understand something on a technician conception, I want to use it as a professional WEB-cam using for webinars.
EB

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3.0

Easy install and sharp image

By TopCat Video, Marc

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

I use LifeCam to make training videos which I shoot and edit, then release them on You Tube.
My background is as a professional commercial and corporate video producer. I've worked with all types of film and video gear. I researched a lot before purchasing the LiteCam. The lens is sharp and focusable -- an important feature for what I do. My disappointment is that the unit does not allow for an external mic. The built in mic is good compared to other webcams, but just not up to my audio standards so I record my voice on a separate mic and digital recorder. Then I sync it in post, just like the days when I made films with a picture track and a sound track.
If Life Cam built their webcam with a jack for external mic I would give it 5 stars.
Overall it is a good value.

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4.0

Works well after tweaking

By KikyExcelectron

from Miami, FL

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • No Software Installation
  • Removable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Top Quality Image

Best Uses

  • Professional
  • Video Chat

Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

I installed this on a computer that was upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The installation process was not swift: I had to disable the built-in webcam of the laptop in Device Manager so that camera software would be forced to switch to this one. The image looks nice but the 1080 is mostly about size of the image the quality is not top notch for advanced detail, but works for most things.

  • Primary use:
  • Business

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4.0

Good webcam

By Zeke

from GA

Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

This webcam takes good video at a reasonable price. The integrated microphone picks up pretty good, with little background noise. The only complaint I have is that when recording video with an external mic, the sound doesn't align with the video.

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5.0

GREAT LIFECAM

By NONE

from MONKEY ISLAND OK.

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Removable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Birthdays
    • Professional
    • Wedding

    Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

    AS QUICK AS I LEARN TO USE LIFECAM IT IS GOING TO BE GREAT. IT IS SMALL AND COMPACT BUT TAKES GREAT PHOTOS.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great Buy

    By Dustin

    from Columbus Ohio

    Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

    Great resolution and very easy to use.

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    5.0

    Great Webcam

    By Adam

    from North Carolina

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Skype
      • Stream

      Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

      This webcam is great for anyone who wants to do anything from skype call to live stream. This camera has great quality for the price. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable webcam.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Works fine

      By Pgo

      from Sarasota, FL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

      Installed easily on Windows 8.1
      works fine

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Webcam

      By Denny

      from Jamaica, NY

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • Removable
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Better Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Casual Use

      Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

      The picture is sharp and clear. The automatic focus work well on the webcam too. You can place it to the top of your monitor and it's stable. The webcam has a 5 1/2 UBS cable that isn't shown in the picture. You don't need to buy a cable unless you need a longer cable. The webcam comes with a lens cover, but it doesn't fit tightly, so it fall off if you're not careful. My only problem with the product is that the product doesn't tell you how to connect the product to Windows 8.1 well. You have to download the software which is a little confusing. I had to go to YouTube to figure out how to get it to work. Once I got pass this problem the Webcam worked fine. It's a good webcam once you figure out how to get it to work. It should be instructions in that regard. I recommend the webcam if you have Windows 8 or 8.1.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Small and Versatile

      By SunDog Film

      from Vancouver, WA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • Removable
      • Strong
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional

        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

        I bought LifeCam along with a C920 to see which one was best. They are equal. But, don't expect a big camera. This one will fit in the palm of you hand.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Very good value

        By Jack

        from Utah

        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

        Worked great right out of the box. The only problem I had is with Microsoft not supporting the camera controls in Win 8.1. I have to be happy with the built-in Win 8.1 controls (with no pan, tilt, zoom); or use a third party software.

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        4.0

        I like it

        By Comfortably Dumb

        from Flyover country

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

            I use this mainly for Skype. I wanted much better resolution and image quality than my laptop's built in webcam, and that I got. Did much better in less light - to be expected.
            I really like the base of the camera - has the lip to hang it over a monitor/tv plus the tripod mount.
            The lens cover is just as others have said, it is loose and the only problem so far (minor).

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Extremely Happy

            By Leftwingre6785

            from SE FLorida

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Value

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

              I have always been happy with Microsoft Webcams and this one is on different. Excellent picture quality and easy setup and use. I recommend this cam to anyone. Just wish they would have operating systems that worked just as well...LOL

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Adam

              By Adam

              from Pennsylvania

              About Me High-end Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Value

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

                Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                Overall, it is a good product. The image quality is "good". My one issue is a little bit of a delay, especially with high quality imagning. It may be my computer, but other than that, I have no complaints.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent Webcam

                By Brian Y

                from New York, NY

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Value
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video Conferencing

                  Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                  I can't say enough good things about this webcam. It works great, looks great, and is a good price for the quality.

                  The only negative is the software Windows tries to install automatically. It's junk software that you don't need. The drivers install first which is what you need for Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. The extra software from Microsoft is useless.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  1.0

                  Really Really Bad

                  By Hamado

                  from NS, Canada

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Driver Keeps Crashing

                    Best Uses

                    • Skype And Zoom

                    Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                    I'm living and studying overseas and Skype and Zoom are a good way to keep in touch with my family and friends back home. This is why I've bought 4 Microsoft LifeCam Studio cams to use them (bought 2 of them 2 yrs ago from B&H, then I bought 2 from a seller on @). They are/were excellent when they've worked. However, since I've upgraded to Windows 8 and then to 8.1 the cam's driver keeps crushing every now and then and I have to disconnect the camera and connect it again, which sometimes may or may not solve the problem.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Microsoft Lifecam Studio

                    By rgrut1

                    from Bakersfield, Ca.

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                        I use this camera for daytime surveillance of my home driveway entrance so that anytime I'm on my computer I can see anyone who arrives. I leave it in 720 mode instead of 1080 so that I can leave it zoomed in.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        "Big things come in small packages"

                        By Shanyman

                        from Jacksonville, Fl.

                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                        • The Lens Cover Falls Off

                        Best Uses

                        • Video Chat

                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                        The LifeCam Studio by Microsoft that I purchased from you guys works great, the picture, sound and the color is great too...It does a lot more than I thought it would, love it !!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Good Image Quality, Easy setup

                        By Dear Dan the IT Guy

                        from Pensacola, FL

                        About Me High-end Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                        • Poor Lens Cap Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Lync
                        • Skype
                        • Webcam

                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                        Very good image quality. Very easy to setup if you have windows 7 or 8. Just plug it in and the software automatically downloads and installs.Only problem that I think of is the lens cap is just soft rubber and doesnt fit very tightly. It tends to just fall out from time to time on its own. I can see this getting easily lost.It can be used on a Mac as well (with Mactaris, an $ app from the App store)

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        1.0

                        Bad pic qual, don´t work really on Mac

                        By EB

                        from Graz, Austria, Europe

                        About Me High-end Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cheap Works Only On Win

                        Cons

                        • An App Needed For Mac

                        Best Uses

                        • For Private Use Only
                        • When Zooming Is Needed

                        Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                        The fist product I´ve bought at b&h I´m not happy with. I have given away it, in case of to high freight charges to send back to US from EU.
                        The missing information is, that the cam are not working with a Mac (I have really checked it in front of my order) as a plug and play. The standard view is overexposed and unusable. So you need an additional software, than you can get an usable picture. The resolution of HD is far away. I have done it with "webcam settings". But the most trouble I had was with my WEBINAR Software, in Germany there is EduDip frequently used. But this software crashes the delivered pictures to a very small resolution, I think less than 480*xxx. Far away from HD. I have tested my old cam (Logitech 740*480) with "webcam settings" and I have seen that it has a very important quality upgrade to de delivered picts. So far so good, this is the usable solution for me now, but there is missing the zoom.
                        May be I haven´t understand something on a technician conception, I want to use it as a professional WEB-cam using for webinars.
                        EB

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        So Easy! Great Resolution

                        By kimcppb

                        from Georgia

                        About Me Budget Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Value
                        • Strong
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Birthdays
                          • Professional
                          • Wedding

                          Comments about Microsoft LifeCam Studio:

                          so easy to set up! and great resolution! at a great price!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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