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Microsoft Lifecam Cinema

Microsoft Lifecam Cinema
alaScore 87

2148 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2148 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The reliability and value for money are also appreciated.

usability, value for money, reliability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2148 reviews)

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


Despite its status as the world's largest software developer, Microsoft also has a thriving business building PC peripherals, including keyboards, mice, joysticks, and webcams, among other devices. The $79.95 (list) Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam...

Sleek styling. Aluminum construction. Flexible mount. Good image quality, color balance, and auto-focus. Easy-to-use bundled app

Poor built-in mic. Slightly overexposed photos and video. Relatively robust system requirements

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema offers sleek styling and solid video quality, but audio performance isn't this HD webcam's strong suit.

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (Review)


Although Skatter Tech reviewed Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000 & HD-6000 earlier this year, the company also offers a more-powerful LifeCam Cinema. While this flagship webcam has been on the market for quite sometime, it still offers a handful of...

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is one of Microsoft's new HD webcams. With a max resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels HD video (Still Image: Up to 5 megapixel 2880x1620), the LifeCam Cinema is one of the best webcams on the market today. The LifeCam Cinema is...

Simple Install ; Small and easy to position ; User friendly


The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema is a great webcam in a very nicely sized package. The LifeCam Cinema has very nice video resolution range with a max setting of 1280 X 720 pixel (HD) video resolution and a min setting of 120 x 160. The still capture...


Golden Tachometer Award

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-Webcam


Webcams are rapidly becoming a very popular item. In fact, webcams were one of the most popular electronic items purchased for the 2009 holiday season. Microsoft has long been a competitor when it comes to webcams and with the release of the Microsoft...

720p High Definition Capture ; Widescreen View ; Noise Cancellation Microphone ; Good Software; Simple Design ; Small, yet Very Powerful ; Lighting, Quality, Clarity of Picture ; Low Light Enchancement ; Excellent Value at under $60

Limited Video Chat HD Use due to Software Restrictions ; Very CPU intensive at higher resolutions ; Slight Washout with Bright Backlighting ; High Pitch Tone when Noise Cancellation is Used

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema H5D-00001 far outperformed my expectations of it, especially after seeing how small it is. The camera lens is able to pick out small details, recognize faces, autofocus, and capture 720p High Definition video at an amazing...

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Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


Microsoft brings webcams into HD in earnest.

Great video quality with the 720p sensor ; Excellent ergonomic design ; Simple, effective software package

Poor still photo quality

The LifeCam Cinema comes out of the box with only a creatively designed user manual and the webcam itself. We immediately noticed the construction quality of the webcam was top-notch. The USB cable is very long and has a helpful built-in cable orga

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


Notwithstanding a few glitches with the autofocus, this webcam is enjoyable to use. The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam has a great design and provides plenty of bang for your buck.

This product offers a clear HD picture and a durable aluminum body

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam has a hyperactive autofocus

This camera is weak in some areas but has a great overall design.

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema -


Microsoft's newest flagship webcam, LifeCam Cinema, is touted as the first consumer-grade camera with 720p HD recording capabilities.

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Great picture, lousy software


I can't imagine a worse combination of poor packaging. This camera is trapped in a crappy design and worse software. This Microsoft product isn't even fully compatible with it's own Microsoft software. Camera can't be used with a remote desktop...

Wide screen format and HD picture quality are great

Software is nearly featureless, only the basic adjustments of quality and video/still capture. Can't be used in remote desktop sessions ; Also, the mount/stand, whatever its called, provides almost no adjustment or stability at all

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Do not buy this camera if you have Windows 7 64-bit


When I downloaded the drivers on my Windows 7 64-bit machine it crashed the whole system. It just kept booting up, cycling down and rebooting. I called Microsoft and they said that the only thing I could do was a system recovery. Thanks Microsoft for...

It didn't try and murder my family

The drivers crashed my system. It never worked as intended

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Great picture, easy set-up, software is lacking


Overall, a solid value for the money. The video is outstanding and the unit sits nicely on any flat screen with a relatively small footprint. Widescreen is also nice.

This was an upgrade from an old entry model, so I expected an improvement, but not like this. Crisp, clean & even picture in all levels of light. HD works nice and the hook up to Skype was a breeze. Clip works well with a firm hold to the monitor

Software does not give you many options. Hardwired to the back of the camera

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
Type:Webcam / Webcams
Zoom Type:Digital