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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2894 reviews of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams for all reviews. Comments about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

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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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


alaTest has collected and analyzed 614 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and price are also appreciated.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HDMicrosoft Lifecam Cinema HD

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1408 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam Cinema from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Webcams on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam CinemaMicrosoft LifeCam Cinema

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


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

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.

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Feb, 2010

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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD Review


You can only fit so much in front of your camera, but picking up your laptop and spinning it is a chore. Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema HD is a $44, 720p webcam that sits on a 360-degree swivel and lets you show your video-chatting partner everything in...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Sahas Katta (

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...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Hardware Pacers (

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


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...

Simple Install, Small and easy to position, User friendly


May, 2010

Expert review by : Everything USB (

MS LifeCam Cinema


What would have been a nice webcam is tarnished by the on-board microphone and its incessant high-pitched whine. Interested buyers should wait until this issue has been resolved.

Excellent picture, Sharp and compact aluminum body, Mounting hardware can stand on a desk or sit on top of LCDs, CRTs or laptop displays, Adjustable pitch and yaw, Competitively priced

Current drivers (1/9/10) don't support 720p at 30fps, High-pitched whine likely linked to camera's exposure level recorded by on-board mic, No motion-triggered recording

Feb, 2010

Golden Tachometer Award

Expert review by : Hank Tolman (

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...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Kelcey Lehrich (

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

Sep, 2009

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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.

Expert review by : David Chieng (

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema -


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


Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema


Microsoft follows Logitech in bringing high definition to the humble webcam, and doesn't charge too much for the privilege.

Microsoft’s well-designed LifeCam Cinema might not make video calling a cinematic experience, but it does up the quality over non-HD webcams and offers good future-proofing, all for a price that doesn't break the bank.

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications


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

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows RT 8.1, Windows RT 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X v10.7-10.9, Android 3.2 and 4.2 / Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2 / Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP SP2 (32/64-bit)
Depth:1.58 / 1.81
Depth (imperial):1.58 / 1.81
Frequency range:200 - 8000 Hz / 200Hz - 8000Hz
Height:2.2 / 2.20
Height (imperial):2.2
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 1.6GHz / Intel Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz / ntel Dual-Core 1.6 GHz
Minimum RAM:1024
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM
Optical drive required: Yes
Power Source:DC
Quantity per box:60
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes
Viewing Angle:73
Width:1.58 / 1.81
Width (imperial):1.58 / 1.81

Packaging Data

Bundled software:Microsoft LifeCam
CRT stand: Yes
Desktop stand: Yes
Laptop clamp: Yes
LCD clamp: Yes
Manual: Yes


Auto focus:No / Yes
Diagonal field of view:73
Focus adjustment:Auto
Full HD: No
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum image resolution:1280 x 720 / 2880 x 1620
Maximum interpolated image resolution:5
Maximum interpolated snapshot resolution:5
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Megapixel:1 / 5
Normal focusing range:5.91 - ∞
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Photo feature: Yes
Resolution at capture speed:1280×720@30fps
Still image resolution(s):2880x1620
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60
Supported video modes:720p
Viewing angle, horizontal:73
Viewing angle, vertical:73
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.57 / 1.81 / 2.2
Height:1.57 / 2.2
Width:0.945 / 1.57 / 1.81