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Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam - Gray

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  • High-fidelity microphone - For more natural, detailed audio
  • ClearFrame Technology - for smooth, detailed video
  • Auto Focus and Advanced high-precision glass lens optics
  • 1080p HD widescreen sensor - for superior sharpness and 16:9 image quality
  • TrueColor Technology - automatically delivers bright and colorful video, in virtually all lighting conditions
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • HD Compatible
  • Minimum RAM: 1024

Product Description

Product Description

The closest to being there. Experience the amazing clarity and detail of HD video. With brilliant color and crystal-clear audio, this webcam with a 1080p HD widescreen sensor and high-precision optics bring your far-away friends and family closer than ever before.

From the Manufacturer

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Do more things together when you're apart with Skype video calling

The Closest to Being There

Enjoy a superior HD video quality with the LifeCam Studio, which includes a 1080p HD sensor. But great video is about more than HD. Keep your subject crisp with autofocus, from four inches to infinity. Shoot with great accuracy in wide angle with the LifeCam precision glass element lens. And, to make filming even easier, LifeCam features TrueColor Technology, which means your video remains bright and colorful in virtually all light conditions while ClearFrame Technology provides smooth and detailed footage. Use the built-in High-Fidelity Microphone to bring it all together: the vivid sights, colors, and sounds of real life.

Product Features

  1. 1080p HD Sensor

    For superior sharpness and image quality.1

  2. 720p HD video chat

    For a true HD-quality experience.

  3. High-precision glass element lens

    Provides sharp image quality.

  4. TrueColor Technology with face tracking

    Automatically controls exposure for bright and colorful video.

  5. Certified for Skype

    Do more together in HD, with Skype certified HD LifeCams from Microsoft.

  6. Optimized for Microsoft Lync

    Designed to work with Lync, Microsoft's enterprise-ready unified communications platform.

1 Popular video call services support VGA resolution—not 1080p. 1080p HD recording requires: commercial video software (not included); Intel Quad Core 3.0 GHz (or higher) or compatible; and 4 GB RAM. Enclosed software supports 720p HD recording. HD display recommended.

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Lens Plastic Element Lens Plastic Element Lens Plastic Element Lens Glass Element Lens Premium Glass Lens
Microphone Digital Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone High-Fidelity Microphone
TrueColor Technology
Auto Focus
360° View Range
ClearFrame Technology
Aluminum Body
Carrying Case
Lens Cap

System Requirements

  • Computer/Operating System
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher, Windows XP
    VGA video calling: Intel Dual-Core 1.6 GHz or higher, 1 GB RAM
    720p HD recording: Intel Dual-Core 3.0 GHz or higher, 2 GB RAM
  • Other
    1.5 GB free
    USB 2.0
    Windows-compatible speakers or headphones

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.5 x 2.7 x 8 inches
Item Weight 4.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Item model number Q2F-00001
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #284 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Webcams
Date first available at Amazon.com September 13, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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By David Arnstein on November 2, 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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I have been using a Microsoft Lifecam Cinema for several months now, with good results. The "Cinema" is quite similar to this "Studio" webcam, except that its highest resolution is 720P rather than the 1080P offered by the "Studio" webcam.

First disappointment: the "Studio" webcam does not really provide 1080P video. A footnote on the box reads "1080P HD recording requires: commercial video software (not included); (...) Enclosed software supports 720P HD recording."

In other words, you have to buy more software before you can capture 1080P video. I am unable to extract details of this software from the Microsoft support representatives. I must say, I find it rather puzzling that Microsoft did not include software that exploits the full resolution of their hardware.

The "Studio" webcam has a problem with autofocus that is not present in the older "Cinema" webcam. It will hunt for the right focus, resulting in a hopelessly blurry appearance for about two seconds. Irritating.

I have gone back to using my old "Studio" webcam. Because of the autofocus issue, it is a better product.

I have attempted to attach a video clip which demonstrates some fun features of this webcam. Unfortunately, I was obliged to transcode this video to a lower resolution. I did this in order to get the video uploaded to Amazon.com.
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I'll start by saying that this is a very capable web camera. For standard web cam communication through services such as Skype or Yahoo, this camera will do everything you need it to and more. And the picture is great quality. As noted in some of the other reviews, there is more to be desired by the camera's low-light functionality. In low light, it tends to go into a full length focus at random intervals. So you'll have to wait a second or two for it to grab focus. Since this is not so much an issue if you have a light near by or in the background, keep one nearby. And the microphone is very worthy - clear, crisp sound.

The camera certainly looks cool and is sturdy in structure - especially compared to some of the flimsy plastic competitors. I'm not a huge fan of the prop stand - it is not a clamp or stand. It is designed to just rest on top of an item of your choice, and also has a tripod bolt hole. It takes a bit of adjusting and it certainly won't hold onto the top of a laptop if you want to walk around. At the price, maybe they could have thrown in a nylon bolt, suction cup, or a true stand to make it more versatile.

The software is very clean and organized, and simple to use. After a quick install, you are good to go. It even coordinates well with 3rd party apps such as Skype. You can take full advantage of the special effects (which are cool, but there could be more) and the different resolutions (low res to 720p). Full 1080p requires special software (not included) and is pretty resource intensive, so you'll have to have a pretty powerful system to keep up in regards to frame rates. 720 is crisp and smooth for me though.

Lastly, the 3 year warranty is nice peace of mind.

All in all, this is a great little camera, that may need to drop in price a bit before it finds a place in more homes, but I would recommend putting it into the side by side comparison for those looking for a high-quality web cam.
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Let's get one thing out of the way: you probably can't use this at 1080P resolution with the software you currently have, unless you really go out of your way to prepare for this. The camera is capable, but the computer may not be able to process it fast enough. Moreover, MSN and Skype doesn't currently support HD resolution as high as these, and most of time you will just end up seeing VGA resolution on your chats. Those capability will come to be more widely available, but as of now you do need commercial software and expensive hardware to achieve full 1080p potential offered by this web camera.

-excellent build quality--the camera has a aluminum barrel and end cap that's 1mm thick. It has coated glass lens and coated lens filter glass. I cannot find manufacturing defects with the unit I received, not even a single hairline scratch.

-It's very portable: much more portable than many other competitive HD cameras out there, particularly from industry leader like Logitech. The rubberized foot/mount is also much smaller than those from similar Logitech offerings. Some may claim it reduces stability, but I found it working rather well clamped on top of my LCD monitor or sitting on the desk without the much added weight and bulk of other "more stable" designs.

-There's a tripod mount on the camera base. It seems like a minor point, but when you think about the capability of this camera, it's better than most of the DV cameras we had just a few years ago or even many of the digital cameras. There is in fact a good reason to consider using this little webcam as a studio camera, where the tripod mount can easily be appreciated.
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When I first opened up the video I was amazed at how sharp and bright the image was. I am an image quality snob when it comes to photos and video and the new larger sensor, auto focusing glass optics, and low light performance do not disappoint. And it is exclusively for these reasons that I give this a 5 star review, because I've used a lot of webcams from Microsoft, Logitech, and Creative... and even though I thought that they were all at least "good for a webcam"... this one I would say is much better in image quality than the class of cameras known as webcams (perhaps $500 camcorder good). Now if image quality is not your absolute top priority then you can consider this review a 4 and not a 5. I did have the software crash and reboot my computer once, the AF can be a little annoying under low light or constantly changing environments, and for most uses the max resolution is really 1280x720 with 960x544 being more practical.

+ Crazy sharp and artifact free (under reasonable light) video
+ Handles back-lit, downward lit, and dark conditions fantastically.
+ Great sturdy and versatile stand that can be mounted on a tripod.
+ Real widescreen video.
+ Good software with face recognition (if you've used any recent camera from Microsoft... it the same. It's similar to the stuff from creative).
+ 16 levels of auto-focus from 1.5" macro to infinity

- The continuous auto-focus can be annoying, but you need it to obtain this level of crispness... in the advances settings you can turn off auto and set it to where you're sitting and never worry about the AF blurring again.
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