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Microsoft Lifecam Studio

Microsoft Lifecam Studio
alaScore 91

278 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 reviews of Microsoft Lifecam Studio. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams for all reviews. Views about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft Lifecam Studio is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Microsoft Lifecam Studio from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams on Reviewers are impressed by the design. The usability is also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the price. There are some less positive comments about the reliability.

usability, design


75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam Studio (New Packaging)Microsoft LifeCam Studio (New Packaging)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio


Sharp, crisp images and video recording. Most natural color balance we've seen from a webcam. Built-in TrueColor and automatic light correction works well in less-than-optimal environments. Warm vocal reproduction. Flexible 360-degree mount includes...

Mono mic lacks noise suppression. Video recording maxes out at 720p and 15 frames per second without extra software. Buggy live effects.

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is a sweet upgrade from a built-in VGA webcam, and good enough for high-definition Internet video chats and even home movies.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Engadget (

Microsoft's 1080p LifeCam Studio review


Great quality in dim lighting, Very flexible mount, Full manual controls

Limited to 720p in most cases, Far pricier than your average webcam, Mono sound

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: aliencam (

Read Microsoft LifeCam Studio


The Microsoft LifeCam Studio is a high end HD webcam for Windows computers. It is touted as the first webcam with a full 1080p sensor, and has a sleek “industrial” brushed aluminum design. I'm not so sure how necessary a 1080p webcam is, but maybe it...

sleek design reminiscent of the iSight ; high resolution ; mic is not too quiet ; works in Linux

not able to tilt up enough ; Stand is not universal ; Lens Cap is pretty much useless ; background noise is picked up

The Microsoft Studio LifeCam is a good choice if you are looking for a high-end webcam for your laptop. It looks very professional, and not cheap or plastic like most do, has a good feature set, and it works. I would say this is the best performing...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio


The Microsoft LifeCam Studio comes from a line of the best designed cameras that we reviewed. Microsoft has improved some of the issues with the autofocus in this line, yet it is still not great. The overall quality of this line of webcams combined...

The Microsoft LifeCam Studio has an incredibly flexible design

The autofocus doesn’t work as smoothly as other webcams

For portability and flexibility, the design of the LifeCam Studio couldn't be any better.

Expert review by: Ian Morris (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio - Pocket-lint


At first the price looks alarming, but you can get this camera for £65 or less if you look about. We don't like the fact that the autofocus is dreadful,

Beautiful picture quality, stylish and compact, great sound

Somewhat expensive, autofocus is dreadful, plugging into USB hub caused us picture problems

It is a little expensive - although for a 1080p webcam, the street price of £50 really isn't bad - and we are very cross about the auto-focus, but as a webcam the quality is unassailable, and it's a nicely designed camera which plays well with every...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: PC Plus (

Microsoft Lifecam Studio review


It might not be pretty, but the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is a powerful device

Good features ; Good video quality ; Decent price

Needs a powerful PC for max settings

Jun, 2011


Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio


Microsoft's new webcam has a 1080p sensor and some neat software tricks

It isn’t cheap, but it's simple to operate and image quality is excellent – and it can record 1080p if you have the software

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Harley Ogier (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio



The high resolution, tripod socket and quick autofocus make this an ideal webcam for video blogging. If you just want something to use with Skype, this is overkill: you don't need the performance, and the price is too high.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Harley Ogier (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio


The LifeCam Studio from Microsoft is a high-resolution webcam capable of video recording up to full HD (1080p).

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: (

Microsoft - LifeCam Studio


The thing about making gadgets is that you have to keep upgrading them to keep in touch with the latest trends, or everyone regards you as yesterday's news. While 3D is all the rage for movies ...

Microsoft's LifeCam Studio brings the webcam bang up to date, with a Full 1080 HD sensor, excellent autofocus and picture quality, improved (mono) sound, plus the option to mount the camera on a tripod.

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications


Face Tracking:No / Yes
Integrated Microphone: Yes


Apple Lightning Connector: No
Firewire: No
Network Interface:Not Applicable
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

Chip Type:CMOS
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:Webcam / Webcams
Zoom Type:Digital