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Microsoft - LifeCam Studio Webcam - Silver

Model: Q2F-00001SKU: 1244381

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and Compact

    Posted
    NinjaPixel

    The Lifecam Studio Webcam is miles ahead of the standard webcam built into laptops these days and the high price point is justified by the quality this thing pumps out. As another reviewer noted, the marketing is a bit deceptive. It advertises that it is capable of 1080p but there is no mention as to what. That only applies to photos taken with it using the Lifecam Studio software that it comes with. Other software, such as Virtualdub (more for "advanced" users) tap into the power of this webcam to record video at 1080p. Do your own research to this caveat - the rest of this review will be my detailed experience using it. For HD video chat, that requires a strong broadband connection and Microsoft Live Messenger. Everything else: Google+ Hangouts, Skype, ooVoo puts this camera in VGA mode but the normal functions of the webcam stay intact - it delivers crystal clear focusing and accurate color (thanks to the Lifecam software's Truecolor & Clearframe option). Auto focusing is a problem in low light - but that concept applies to any camera. All the Adjustments to the camera are found in the Lifecam software, so you can manually adjust focus, colors, brightness, etc using a slider. the Clearframe option does a great job adjusting for the lighting if you don't want to manually adjust it. One thing I can't stress enough is that the higher the resolution you decide to use this camera, the more demanding on system resources (slows your computer down, etc) and unfortunately, the software isn't 64bit. My system has a GTX460 graphics card, Intel Core i7 and 12gb of RAM and the moment I start raising the resolution, the software begins to complain on resources. This is why it is unfortunate that it's NOT 64bit, because my system is MORE than capable of doing so. The camera has a tripod mount which is convenient and the mount built into the webcam adjusts nicely to sit by itself or attached to monitors - just takes patience to set it just right. the USB cable is a good length. The built in mic is sensitive - use whatever software to adjust it - Live Messenger, Skype, Windows, etc. Skype's auto adjust works pretty good. I included a photo shot at max 1920x1280 resolution. Manually focused to show great detail. Great Bokeh (background blur) and this was in a room only lit by a desklamp. - so this was shot in a low light situation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Webcam Wham Bam

    Posted
    Anonymous

    The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is the best webcam on the market at a consumer grade for the moment. However, it has it's flaws, and the marketing on the product is slightly deceptive. The quality of the HD video is fantastic for a webcam, but the software included only allows it to shoot at 15 frames per second in the 1280x720 format. This is pretty low but the worst part is you can not even record at the 1920x1080 format. In order to use the product to it's full potential you must use other software to take advantage of the features the advertising promotes, which is the size. Getting that other software to is a pain, but I found Debut video software to be the best . The recordings also seems to have a slight magenta tone to it in certain light. I'm not sure if it is the lens itself or the clear sheet of glass or plastic material protecting the lens. I used a lens cleaner to see if it was some oil from a finger print, but it made no difference. Of course you can adjust all the properties when recording, but if you have to do that to compensate for the slight magenta hue, it just seems like extra work. On the positive side, it is the best webcam for it's price, and there is nothing that I have owed that has equaled up to it. I use it everyday to record animation line tests, stop motion , and time lapse video from my computer. I have attached it to a microscope, telescope, and made custom lenses to mount on it and it really has performed very well. I pretty much put this thing to the test all day, and aside the issues I mentioned earlier, it is worthy buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Great Video Cam!

    Posted
    JohnGHawk503

    I had read other reviews prior to buying the Life Cam Studio Webcam-Silver and was deciding between the $20.00 cheaper black model. I read in the reviews that the computers are not acepting the full 1280 HD input from the cam and was wondering if it was worth the additional money. Well,, that was one point to ponder but when I compared and saw the more expensive model had a screw hole in the base for use with a small desktop tripod....That was my tie breaker at the time. I knew the camera being mounted on a tripod gave it more options of use. I brought it home with the $17.00 metal desktop tripod and attached it. Now I can move it anywhere I want it and work on snap shots for internet site sales...OH, by the way....it does produce a HD video (not quite the 1280) and excellent HD snap shots. As for video quality, I am only running MS Vista on this laptop and it does everything I could ask it to do. It is great. I have used it with only the screen light of the laptop and all the way to full room light...Byond belief is my observation. I have gone through several cams over the years and I found my No.1 pick. There is one adjustment in the setup that I Highly recommend when you set the camera up, in the advanced settings, "Turn Off" the auto focus, it will drive you crazy anytime a subject moves in front of it. Also, go by the recommended set up hight and distance. As for no-go opinions....I can't see any with the setup I'm running I hope this review helps and sometimes the little extra money spent on an item does make it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I Expected

    Posted
    GlennD

    I Just recently got this camera from Best Buy for $69 on sale; originally $99 dollars, but still worth the money. The Life Cam was very easy to setup, and feels sturdy with one exception: The adjustable clip is a little loose, but it will still hold the camera in place (There is a screw hole on the clip, so you could screw it in place). The 1080p video doesn't work, maybe because I have a HP Slimline with no HDMI, but instead VGA. But on the flip side the 1080p pictures do work, and you can use the embedded microphone on the camera as just a microphone. Overall the Life Cam looks very sharp and has a brushed steel casing, giving a very important or expensive feel. The aperture of the camera has a very cool set of grooves, modeling what a real movie camera set HD camera would look like. From the moment I looked at it online to now it is everything that I expected and nothing more. Highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera with Flaws

    Posted
    BaadBoy

    While this is a pretty good camera, there are some character flaws to be noted. First of all, Microsoft doesn't include software to make 1080p video capability usable. In fact, the system requirements to produce 1080p video are higher than what is stated on the packaging. The (rubber stopper) lens cover is ridiculous. It doesn't fit and falls out with the slightest tilt. The base could've easily been designed to fit in a sturdy position. This thing is like placing a drink on the dashboard of your car--not a matter of if it will fall, but when. Save yourself a few bucks and buy the 720p cam instead because this cam only functions in 720p anyway. Microsoft had better stop rushing half-cocked stuff to market or they'll start losing market shares.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MS HD comes through after Logitech fails

    Posted
    Willy2

    Bought the Logitech C910 for a Gateway Intel i-7 16 gb Win 7 pro machine. Wouldn't install properly. Ran to BB and got this MS webcam on sale for $69, down from $99; Load the MS driver included with the camera, connected to the internet and Skype was ready to go. Beautiful stunning color, sensitive microphone and it JUST WORKED right out of the box after a simple 10 minute install. Logitech needs to update their Win 7 drivers. They want you to mess with the MSCONFIG file and disable some stuff and do a "clean install"; reboot and reactivate what you deactivated. TOO MUCH BS for what should be a simple USB camera install. Great camera at a great sale price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outsatanding quality, ease of use and download

    Posted
    Elias1

    I bought the Microsoft LifeCam Studio and was able to download the software and use it with my Windows 7 (64) in less than 5 minutes. The software was extremely easy to download, is compatible with Windows 7 (unlike the Logitech C910 that was not, which I exchanged for this webcam). As the product claims, you can only take 720P videos, which is outstanding quality. I use this LifeCam Studio with Skype for video calling and it works great. Overall: great video, and great audio. I recommend this product to anybody who wants an overall outstanding webcam. Had this product for 3 months, and still think that it is the best webcam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line

    Posted
    Patrick421

    Initial tests with Skype delivered very good video quality, even though skype tests give feedback that this video camera is only providing medium quality video. The Microphone is Excellent. Crystal clear sound quality. To note that the background noise from the computer seems to be picked up as well. When you open the box, do not forget to remove the lens cap. It is placed in a way where It may be forgotten and trashed away with the webcam box. Very convenient tripod mount which attached well to the monitor. Whoever likes video effects will enjoy the Microsoft

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific camera for any type use

    Posted
    Shari66

    My daughter and I both quilt but live 250 miles apart. We use the LifeCam Studio all the time to show each other things that we are working on and sometimes we just do a webcam instruction for an hour or so. No need to hold the phone so you have both hands free and she can see just about everything that I am doing. Of course, we do have the martini night chats! The LifeCam has been a "life saver" many times for both of us and nothing beats talking face to face!! Who would have thought you could span the miles this easy and have such a clear beautiful picture. I love my LifeCam and my daughter does too. I wish we could get the whole family to buy one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad web camera for the price

    Posted
    Dragonmasterx

    This web camera is was my first so i guess i had to go all out. I have to say i was a little disappointed because the marketing info on the box is a little misleading. It shows video at 1920 x 1080, but does not record at this resolution. Be careful about background noises when recording video. The microphone is really sensitive. However the camera itself can be equipped with a mini tripod which is convenient for me, i use a 40" lcd tv as a computer monitor and would rather not have the camera staring at the top of my head when i hook it on top of the monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easy camera for a greatgrand mother.

    Posted
    olddusty

    This camera was the best thing I have purchased lately. Very easy to install, great value for the price, picture is excellent and is easy to use. As a greatgrand ma I was able to see my third greatgrand baby without having to travel. It also helped save my daughter's life. She lives in California and I was able to view the condition of her face. I advised her to go to the ER. She was immediately put in the hospital. Would she have gone on her own. Maybe but not that day. Because I was able to see her live she knew to take Mom's advice. A great invention. Definiately consider and then purchase this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Value

    Posted
    Arty2

    I purchased this camera when it was on sale for $20 off. However, the camera is still a terrific value. The image quality & color are superior and it is exceptionally easy to use. Two things to note however are the loose fitting lens-cap (it was manufactured a shade too narrow for the inside of the lens tube that it is intended for), thus it can fall off with the slightest bump of the camera, and the front leg of the monitor clip could be a hair longer so as to increase stability. For an "everyday" video-conf-cam, it can't be beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good product

    Posted
    Serge14

    I am very happy with my purchase. I bought this webcam yesterday and it works perfectly. The sofware was easy to install on windows XP (about 2 min) and the pictures are great. At night, when I only have a lamp desk on, the pictures appear cristal clear like during the day. I also like the autofocus. The price is not an issue since I got the picture quality I was looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Camera, Big Performance

    Posted
    wholearmor

    I use this camera for a live internet broadcast on Ustream every Saturday morning, and the video quality is very good. I'm pretty rough on webcams because I'm outdoors broadcasting and my last one broke, but I liked it so much, I bought another one. So if you're just going to use it to talk to grandma in another state, you'll be very pleased with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Camera not compatable as detailed

    Posted
    AngelRider

    Price for cam was discounted at Best Buy but was a total waste of money because it DON'T work on my system. Advertised that it would work on XP system w/ service pack 2 or higher but it DON'T. I called MS for assistance so they entered my PC, (w/ my permission), and they could not download the hardware to install it either. Was a total waste of money!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy this now ..lol

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Seriously, i'm very happy with the purchase the HD Quality is great, audio is good and i like the slick design. .only draw back is that auto focus is not that great..but i just turn the feature off.. wish they can come up with some green screen tricks instead of the hat feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Product, but limited

    Posted
    Jerrybird12
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    Very disappointed it does not work with SKYPE, you would think since MS bought them out last fall they would have built the driver to support SKYPE, but I get a disjointed picture with it. It works great with the MS software, just does not support SKYPE video. Guess I will hook up my 5 year old web cam until they come through with a fix.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera!

    Posted
    guest2307

    Enjoy video chats with friends and family with this webcam that features 1920 x 1080 video image resolution and up to 2304 x 1728 still image resolution. ClearFrame technology helps ensure clear and detailed images. Great Camera, i have 1 at home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome if anything but Microsoft used HD for chat

    Posted
    McHamp90

    I bought this to replace my iSight on my MacBook, and so far, plug and play on Mac. Windows, the only app that will allow HD calling over the net is windows live messenger. Once skype supports HD calls, the it would be perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice camera for the money

    Posted
    BiggestDog

    Overall, it is a good camera. The optics are not as great as I would have hoped so, the high def is irrelevant at a point... also, the camera software is a bit cheesy. It does work with most any software though and it seems good. It does have a hard time securing to a thin laptop monitor though.

    I would recommend this to a friend