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Microsoft Lifecam Studio

Microsoft Lifecam Studio
alaScore 92

295 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 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. People really like the size and design. The price and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some negative reviews 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 92/100 = 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 People really like the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

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)

Jul, 2018

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

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio


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.

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.

Video, Sound, and Conclusions That said, the LifeCam Studio includes some enhancements that improve the live picture. TrueColor works by tracking your facial movements; this way the unit can change the exposure to compensate for a bright spotlight near...

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 (toptenreviews.com_old)

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


A 1080p webcam sounds a little ridiculous doesn't it. But of course, webcams aren't just for video calls, they're for recording your thoughts to YouTube, presenting a video podcast or lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen. They are, in fact, cheap camcorders...

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 : Michael Ansaldo (

Microsoft LifeCam Studio review: A hi-def webcam for business or pleasure


Billed as the top dog of Microsoft's LifeCam line, the LifeCam Studio ($100 MSRP, currently available from Amazon for $55) pulls out all the stops: 1080p video, Skype certification, and an eye-catching durable design. It mostly lives up to its high-end...

Dec, 2016

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


Built-in flash:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Cable Length:70.9 / 72
Color of product:Black, Silver
Interface:USB 2.0
LED Indicators: Yes
Mounting type:Clip / Clip/Stand
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS

Other Features

Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 8\nWindows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP SP2 (32/64-bit) / Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7 / Windows XP/Vista (SP1)/7
Depth:1.77 / 4.48
Depth (imperial):1.77 / 4.48
Frequency range:100 - 18000 Hz / 100 Hz – 18 kHz
Height:1.77 / 4.48
Height (imperial):1.77 / 4.48
Mac compatibility: No
Minimum hard disk space:1500 / 1536
Minimum processor:Intel Dual Core 1.6 GHz / Intel Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz / Intel Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz+ / Intel Dual-Core, 1.6GHz
Minimum RAM:1024
Minimum system requirements:Internet Explorer 6+\nCD-ROM / VRAM 2MB
Optical drive required: Yes
Safety:FCC, UL, ICES
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes
Width (imperial):2.36

Packaging Data

CRT stand: Yes
Desktop stand: Yes
LCD clamp: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quantity:1 / 50


Auto focus: Yes
Diagonal field of view:75
Digital Zoom:3
Face tracking: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto
Full HD:No / Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 2048
Maximum interpolated image resolution:5
Maximum interpolated snapshot resolution:5
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Megapixel:2 / 5
Mobile operating systems supported:Android 3.2, Android 4.2
Normal focusing range:0.1 - 10 / 3.94 - 393.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Photo feature: Yes
Snapshot button: Yes
Still image resolution(s):2560 x 2048
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60
Supported video modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.77 / 2.36 / 4.49
Height:1.77 / 4.49
Weight:3.67 / 4.52
Width:1.77 / 2.36