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Microsoft Lifecam Studio

alaTest has collected and analyzed 685 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and design. The value for money and usability also get good comments. Many are critical about the reliability.

usability, value for money, 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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 685 reviews)

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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...

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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.

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Amazon review summary for Microsoft Lifecam Studio


alaTest has collected and analyzed 238 user reviews of Microsoft Lifecam Studio from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Webcams on

value for money, usability, design, size

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam (Q2F-00013)Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam - Gray


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Not really 1080 :/


Overall 4/5 just because its not true 1080. Other than that very pleased with the product.

The 720p video looks very clear and the focus works great. Digital zoom and pan options ; If you are putting this on a stream or even skyping with this it's perfect ; Looks very clean and smaller than I imagined. Don't mind leaving it on my screen all...

Even though it says 1080 all over the place it's only 1080 picture in the Microsoft cam program and its only stills ; Not a full con but I wish this had better color temp options sometimes the white balance goes out in mid stream and I have to readjust...

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good HD webcam


Great picture quality Easy to use- lens cap not so good, does not stay on

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Working well


no problems here

Easy To Set Up","Good In Low Light","Sharp Image

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Very Snazy !!!


LIke I said before "Very Snazy" so so easy to install and it's everything that was said on the box and more. I would defenitly recommend this to a friend.

Easy To Setup,Fast Connection,Good In Low Light,Great Extra Features,Sharp Image

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High definision all the way


Now you can see who you are calling in HI-DEF

Easy To Setup,Good In Low Light,Sharp Image

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Life Cam


IF you are doing Skype, DO NOT put in the software that comes with it. I read all of the documentation and installed software, then I find out that can't do Skype with it. I've been on the phone with Microsoft at least 6 times and they have not...

Easy To Setup

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Life Cam Studio webcam


Wanted to use it as a microscope camera, Missing controls to do it well. Dynamic range is poor. Auto focus is slow. Easy to set up. Panning doesn't work when needed most.

Fast Connection

Lost missing controls

Product Specifications


Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes


Firewire: No
Network Interface:Not Applicable
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

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