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Microsoft LifeCam Studio (Brown Box)

by Microsoft
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio  (Brown Box) + TRIXES 10m USB Active Repeater Extension Cable USB2.0 + Hama Mini Tripod Traveller Compact
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Technical Details
Item Weight104 g
Product Dimensions6 x 4.5 x 11.4 cm
Item model number5WH-00002
SeriesLifecam Studio
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 4,166 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight281 g
Date First Available8 Feb 2011
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Product Description

This webcam helps you reduce travel cost and communicate clearly. With cinematic 16:9 widescreen HD video and crystal-clear images, this is Microsoft's most affordable HD webcam.

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1x Microsoft LifeCam Studio for Business

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera with fine microphone 26 Mar 2014
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I enjoy using this camera with my laptop. Sharp vivid pictures, fine sound. You must have a desktop tripod, but such one is needed for any kind of stable video anyway. I use Hama's desktop tripod, and with the Microsoft Lifecam I found just what I needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera with great quality. 16 Feb 2013
This camera has great audio and video quality, but bad side is need good computer hardware. It takes a lot from computer resources. If your computer video card not powerfull, than you will not get HD or Full HD video. Be careful buying this camera. And yes, Skype doesn't have HD video call with this cam. If you are Lync user like me, than this camera is perfect for it and no prob with HD and Full HD video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High resolution quality 30 Jan 2013
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With the HD technology and high resolution quality, I think that anyone will be impressed by the performance of this web cam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant quality 27 Dec 2013
By matthew
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1080p is perfect for streaming and general use especially for facecam in videos and streaming on twitch or YouTube!
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  317 reviews
110 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great camera, lousy software to run it! 25 Feb 2012
By skildpadder - Published on Amazon.com
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1080p pictures come out awesome! The product is advertised as being capable of recording 1080p video. The software that comes with the webcam does not support it! The fine print of the ad states that additional commercial software is required to film video in 1080p not included! So far I have been unable to locate ANY commercial software that allows this webcam to record video in 1080p! Microsoft does not know any one who produces the software either as I have spent several hours through trouble tickets with them on the issue. So WHY is Microsoft advertising this feature???? The 720p video recording works well and the picture quality is better than my old HP HD-3110 webcam that this webcam replaced. Tech support kept telling me it was designed for home use only! If that is the case, then why did they call it "Business Studio"??? The Lifecam software also does not give me the option of recording audio via line in function as the webcam microphone is not capable of recording loud noises like live bands. I ended up downloading Arcsoft's Webcam Companion 4 software so I could record the audio feed via line in. Yes the auto focus function does have a problem in low light, but it seemed to clear up by either zooming in manually on the object or by closing out the webcam software and restarting it. So far I have only had that issue once and I was using it in a half light situation. The lenscap supplied does not stay on the lens unless you tape it on! So if you want a great webcam for normal around the house stuff, this one works well! If you are looking to record 1080p video, then keep on looking for a better camera. This one does not support it! I give the camera 5 stars as it is great, but I give the software 2 1/2 stars for not supporting the webcam's capabilities! Here is a link to a Youtube playlist that shows some of the video I have recorded with this camera: [...]
56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good image quality but doesn't record 1080p and needs a fast CPU 11 Aug 2013
By Erik Gordon Bainbridge - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a rewrite of a review I previously wrote about both the Logitech C920 and Microsoft Lifecam Studio 1080p HD. I've raised my rating from three to four stars for both webcams. They are both very good units, but both have significant flaws that make it impossible to give either of them five stars.

I bought these webcams for a video project, so all of my testing has been for video capture and editing. I haven't tested still images or Skype.

At the end of the review, I also will give some information about four software packages that are available - one of them free - for recording video with these webcams: Active Webcam, Arcsoft's Webcam Companion, CyberLink's Youcam, and Virtual Dub.

I'm rewritten this review after using the Logitech for a month and the Microsoft for three weeks. I ordered the Logitech first. I've been buying Logitech products since the 1990s and until now was never disappointed. This time I was so dissatisfied with it that I ordered the Microsoft, only to be even more disappointed.

It's not that they are terrible. They are both excellent in many ways. However I expect more from a 1080p unit than from an ordinary webcam, especially considering the glowing reviews they receive.

One thing I love about both webcams is the tripod mount. For my video project, I needed to mount the webcam on a tripod, so this was a requirement. It will also be useful in future shooting. Both webcams will work with any standard tripod. I used a Sony VCT-R100 tripod for my project.

Microsoft's most obvious flaw is advertising this as a 1080p webcam without mentioning that it only does 1080p still images, not recorded video. If you use some non-Microsoft software (Virtual Dub and Cyberlink's You Cam), it will record at 1080p, but the quality is poor if there's any movement in the scene.

On the other hand, the Logitech doesn't come off well either. Its most obvious flaw is in its video compression, which results in major video artifacts under certain conditions. If you don't know what a video artifact is, it basically makes the scene look like something out of science fiction. The strange thing is that the recorded video plays with no problem in a video player, such as Windows Media Player, but when I try to edit it, the artifacts appear. I've read reports by other owners who say it also happens with Skype. I haven't tried these webcams with Skype, so I have no experience with this.

I did find a way around the problem with Premiere Pro, but the easiest way to avoid the problem in recorded video is simply to use non-Logitech software for recording video. I tried Virtual Dub, Arcsoft's Web Companion, and Cyberlink's You Cam. All of them recorded video from the Logitech with no artifacts.

One other recording issue is video format. If you are buying the webcam for recorded video on a Mac or Linux, or if you want to edit the video, you may find the Logitech the better choice. The .wmv format is a Windows format, so anyone on a different system will probably have to convert it to a different format to use it, and even on Windows, editing it can be a problem, but the Microsoft records only in .wmv. The Logitech records 1080p and 720p as .mp4 and 480p and 360p video as .wmv

The Logitech's other problem is color balance, which is disappointing. The Microsoft's color balance is generally much better. I gave up completely on using the Logitech's automatic color and set it manually every time.

The Microsoft is much more demanding of your CPU. Unless you have a fast computer, you probably won't get z good HD recording with it. I have a quad core 3.0GHZ i7 with 24GB of RAM, but the Microsoft could record only 13.1fps at 720p and 6.4fps at 1080p, using Virtual Dub. The Logitech did much better, averaging exactly 30.0fps at both 720p and 1080p. Using the Windows 7 Performance Monitor, I found that the CPU usage while recording ranged from about 40% to 60% for the Microsoft but only about 15% to 35% for the Logitech.

I also tried it on my 1.6GHz Samsung netbook. The Logitech recorded better than I expected, though it you wouldn't want to use it on any scene with movement in it. The Microsoft's greater demands on the CPU made it completely unacceptable for recording 720p video on the netbook.

To my eyes the Microsoft delivers a much sharper image (a purely subjective measurement) than the Logitech.

If you transport your webcam a lot, then the recessed lens on the Microsoft offers much more protection than the Logitech lens, which has no protection at all. The Microsoft comes with a rubber lens cap, but it's so loose that it's completely useless. The recessed lens is an excellent design feature, however. The Microsoft is also much smaller, which could be useful if you move it around a lot.

The Microsoft software won't let you change the microphone on the Microsoft, but the Logitech software does allow it. The Microsoft microphone is located on the top rear of the webcam, which I expected would be a terrible location, but in practice it's better than I expected. The Logitech microphone is in front, where it should be, and does produce better audio (I was sitting about two feet from the webcams for the tests). The Logitech is stereo and the Microsoft is mono. If you use other software for recording, such as Virtual Dub, Arcsoft's Web Companion, and Cyberlink's You Cam, you can specify different audio inputs.

The autofocus isn't great on either unit, but Logitech's is better than Microsoft's.

Logitech's software allows you to specify a folder for storing videos and photos, but Microsoft's does not. On Windows 7, it stores everything in My Pictures. Microsoft creates .wmv video files and Logitech creates .mp4 files. Logitech offers three levels of video and three levels of audio quality. Microsoft doesn't give a choice. Logitech allows recording at four video resolutions: 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Microsoft allows recording at seven video resolutions (eight for photographs): 160x120, 320x240, 424x240, 640x360, 800x448, 960x544, and 1280x720.

Zoom controls on both tend to be erratic in how they operate and often don't work at all.

Microsoft tilts and pans, rotating a full 360 degrees. The Logitech can only tilt up and down. If you want to pan, you need a tripod.

The sad thing is that I actually prefer both the color balance and the zoom & pan controls on my old Kodak S101 640x480 webcam, though the Microsoft and Logitech both are superior in image quality, even at low resolutions equivalent to the Kodak's.

The Microsoft developed some intermittent problems towards the end. The previously excellent automatic exposure sometimes didn't work properly, and my computer occasionally gave me a warning that it didn't recognize it as a USB device.

My bottom line:
I only needed one webcam for my project. I originally disliked the Logitech so much that I ordered the Microsoft and intended returning the Logitech, only to be even more disappointed by the Microsoft. I ended up using the Logitech for my project and I am returning the Microsoft. It was frustrating, because in many ways I prefer the Microsoft, but recording only 720p video and having higher CPU requirements made it less useful for me. I returned it because of the intermittent problems I experienced, but would have returned it anyway because of the other issues.

Now for the software. If you buy the Logitech and you plan to do 720p or 1080p video recording, then you'll definitely want to look into alternative software because the Logitech's produces video with unacceptable artifacts that you don't see while watching them, but become very apparent if you edit the video, at least with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Virtual Dub (free)
At first this one turned me off, but after I played with it for a few weeks and watched a YouTube video on configuring it, I fell in love with it. If you are serious about video, this is the one to get. It's loaded with options, but it's not the most user-friendly software available. However after you get used to it, the others are frustratingly limited in comparison. However it's definitely not for casual users.

Cyberlink You Cam ($35)
If you're going to edit your video or if you're on a Mac or Linux machine, this is the one you want to get because records .avi files. It's a great choice for nontechnical people who don't want to deal with Virtual Dub's nonintuitive user interface

Arcsoft Webcam Companion 4 ($35)
This is a nice package with just one problem: it only records .wmv files. This is a Windows format, so you'll need to convert it to use on a Mac or Linux machine, and you may have problems editing it.

Active WebCam ($29)
Initially this is the one I thought I'd like, but I was never actually able to test it because it was constantly freezing up. If you are using multiple webcams for surveillance, you should look into it. It does get good reviews. However the user interface leaves a lot to be desired, but because of the freezing up I never had the opportunity to give it a real test.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning live video image 2 Nov 2012
By LifeCam Studio Believer - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought LifeCam Studio webcam for Skype use; performance far exceeds my expectations. Purchased at $55. with Amazon Prime two-day shipping. LifeCam Studio has proved a true value. If not already aware, final resolution used for connection set by Skype, using lowest common denominator between hardware capabilities at both ends. However, my local live video stream is stunning (even at 640x480), e.g., the image color balance and noise-free image, in daylight or in mixed lighting at night. Expect will translate to good video captures, too. Fortunate to have PC hardware that supports LifeCam Studio, Intel Core i7 processor and GPU dedicated graphics card. Mount to monitor is simple and effective. Unlike competing unit, "Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920," allows adjustment in horizontal plane. Autofocus is sharp and responsive. Comment on install and setup: After first plugged in USB 2.0 cable to PC, Windows 7 x64 downloaded drivers without a hitch. Then, LifeCam Studio prompted to, "Install Microsoft LifeCam" control software and driver update; did not install. Had read in review and forum, not worthwhile. Confirmed Windows 7 x64 had initially installed the latest drivers, anyway, However, if your PC configuration meets hardware requirements, recommend "CyberLink YouCam 5" for use as control software; in addition to splitting video stream among video applications, adds real-time "auto lighting" and "TrueTheater" for further image enhancement.
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality webcam with tripod mount 13 Jan 2012
By Deborah Sue St Clair - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a web cam that I could attach to a tripod. Microsoft's 1080p HD LifeCam has fullfilled this well. The image quality is good and resolution is great. It has a pecular and unusual mount that distinguishes it from most other webcams. I'm actually using it to record photo IDs in custom database software, so this cam has gone to the office.

The standard photography tripod mount is part of the mount and the mount is bendable and rubber covered. This little cam will sit on a flat surface and can easily be handheld. The base is the units strength and weakness. It won't clamp to anything without a tripod clamp without resorting to duct tape.

Beware that Microsoft has a similar looking version with 720p resolution that does not have the 1/4"x 20 tripod mounting. That one is less expensive and the images on the Amazon site show that it does not have a tripod mount. I bought 2 of those by mistake as the text does not clearly distinguish these two similar looking products. But if your reason, like mine, was having this mount, get the 1080p one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera... 6 July 2013
By MaX RaY - Published on Amazon.com
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So I originally bought this camera just for online streaming but the quality is actually quite good. Using a program called xsplit I can record in 1920x1200 (1080hd) at 60fps and with good lighting it looks as good as my $500 camcorder.
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