- Built-in Microphone
- HD Compatible
- Minimum RAM: 1024
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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Microsoft LifeCam Studio
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.
1080p HD Sensor
For superior sharpness and image quality.1
720p HD video chat
For a true HD-quality experience.
High-precision glass element lens
Provides sharp image quality.
TrueColor Technology with face tracking
Automatically controls exposure for bright and colorful video.
Certified for Skype
Do more together in HD, with Skype certified HD LifeCams from Microsoft.
Optimized for Microsoft Lync
Designed to work with Lync, Microsoft's enterprise-ready unified communications platform.
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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|
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- 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
1.5 GB free
Windows-compatible speakers or headphones
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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.
-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.Read more ›
+ 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stellar web cam. Easy to mount anywhere. Points easily and stays put. The biggest issue is actually the cap - it falls out so freaking easily. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sardrellas
I have had this 3 years. It never focused properly, always had to set manual focus. And now it wont focus on anything over 1 foot away.
Of course it's out of warranty.
Works great - bought this 5 years ago and still have it set up with our TV to use for Skype/Facetime with family. Never had a problem with it thus far.Published 4 months ago by CassCB
I love this camera! It does a great job, using it to teach live classes online - auto-focus is perfection!Published 5 months ago by Sha Blackburn
I love it, I decide to buy another one for a second angle while streaming and recording. I love this camera.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Velez