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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

*Est. $25
Reviewed
October 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Best budget HD webcam

Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Rich HD quality for video chats
  • Able to swivel 360 degrees
  • Sleek styling
  • Three-year warranty
Cons
  • Autofocus is too sensitive
  • Limited features and tools
  • Poor built-in microphone

Professional and user reviewers praise Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema webcam for its clear high-definition sound and video quality. Highly recommended for video chats, the LifeCam Cinema produces sharply detailed video, even in conditions of low lighting. However, since the webcam doesn't have noise-canceling technology, audio isn't pristine. Reviewers also praise its durable, sleekly-styled aluminum case. The included software to manipulate video and still photo effects is also a crowd favorite. However, all reviews mention the over-sensitivity of the autofocus feature, and recommend turning it off.

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam receives the bronze medal in TopTenReviews.com's 2011 evaluation of webcams, behind Logitech's HD Pro Webcam C510 and HP's Webcam HD-3110 model. TopTenReviews.com offers a detailed review backed by thorough testing. Another trusted review source is PCMag.com, where Jamie Lendino gives a very positive review of this model. The customer reviews at both Amazon.com and BestBuy.com are overwhelmingly positive and rate the LifeCam Cinema as one of the best webcams; more than 450 people give this webcam an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Where To Buy
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

 (2 reviews)
3 Used & new from $49.95

 
Featured StoresStore RatingNotesTotal Price
Walmart.comWalmart.com rated 2.96 (495 reviews)495 store reviewsIn Stock. $70.89
PCMPCM rated 3.45 (239 reviews)239 store reviewsIn Stock. $63.99
MacMallMacMall rated 3.47 (376 reviews)376 store reviewsIn Stock. $63.99
 

Our Sources

1. TopTenReviews.com

Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema webcam earns third place in this site's 2011 webcam review. The reviewers praise its great image quality and its auto-enhanced sound and lighting. The webcam's design, of an aluminum body and rubber mounting clip, are also highlighted. A drawback to this model is its overly-sensitive autofocus feature.

Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam, Editors of TopTenReviews.com

2. BenchmarkReviews.com

Hank Tolman includes the LifeCam Cinema in his review of five webcams. He states that "overall, the [little camera] was enough to impress me a lot." He likes the live call button that starts video calls, and the 360-degree swivel and 90-degree up and down motion of the webcam. BenchmarkReviews.com's evaluation of the LifeCam Cinema stretches to seven pages of information and test results, and includes photos.

Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-Webcam, Hank Tolman, Jan. 2010

3. PCMag.com

Jamie Lendino, one of the resident reviewers at PCMag.com, gives the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam a 3.5 out of 5 ranking. He admires its sleek, stylish design and its image quality, especially its color balance. However, he says the quality of its built-in microphone to be disappointing.

Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema, Jamie Lendino, Feb. 2010

4. Amazon.com

More than 400 customer reviewers at Amazon.com love their Microsoft LifeCam Cinema webcam, awarding it an average of 4.5 stars out of a maximum of 5. Its high-image quality in producing online videos was a favorite highpoint, though some reviewers said that its microphone was too noisy for recording video.

Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam, Contributors to Amazon.com

5. BestBuy.com

The reviews at BestBuy.com for Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema are similar to those at Amazon.com, with 87 percent of the reviewers stating they would recommend it to a friend. While reviewers consider the picture quality and auto-color feature to be excellent, they highlight that the webcam's capabilities need a higher-end computer than many people have.

Review: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam, Contributors to BestBuy.com

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