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Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2011
Before buying this product, I used to have an old Lifecam VX-1000 for my very old emachines desktop computer. Ever since my VX-1000 deteriorated, I haven't been able to video chat with my friends. Now that we're all in college, the only way we can communicate is IMing and texting. I don't like to pay a huge phone bill for texting so I would always opt that out for IM. All of my friends would hold video conversations, except for me since I don't have a webcam thus making me feel guilty because they haven't seen me in a long time. Then, I decided it was time for me to get a new webcam. I was thinking about going back to VX-1000 but I decided to go high tech and try out the HD webcams. I was one step close to buying Logitech's HD cams but I decided to stick with Microsoft's brands yet again.
Installing the product was simple like my VX version. After installation, I decided to compare Cinema and VX-1000. Let me tell ya... There was a big difference bad webcam quality and HD webcam quality. The autofocus was ok but just be aware about its unusual behavior once in a while. The adjustable webcam stand is great and can hold its position. The webcam itself is small too so it's easy to carry along during travel sprees. The only thing that still bothers me about Lifecam is the lag. Similar to my VX-1000, the lag is still there (and to think that this cam would finally eliminate the lag, but nope). I was hoping for new video effects but no changes in that either.
Overall, this webcam is great for a replacement. Now I can finally hold video conversations with my friends and see how they're doing in college~
****NEW EDIT AS OF 06/05/2012****
I'm starting to get really irritated about the auto focus. It blurs so much to the point where I just want to crush it or something. And no matter how much lighting I have put in the picture, the web cam seems to enjoy itself by adjusting the lighting equally (which I am not very fond of) and making the auto focus do the rest of the work. I 'm thinking twice about this whole Auto Focus jazz stuff the next time I purchase a new web cam.