Microsoft LifeCam Studio

"It might not be pretty, but the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is a powerful device"
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  • High-fidelity microphone
  • Good features
  • Good video quality
  • Beautiful picture quality
  • Stylish and compact


  • Mono sound
  • Autofocus is dreadful

Product Details

Date First Available:
September 6, 2012

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The overall rating was calculated based on 5587 customer and expert reviews from 12 review sites and 4 stores.
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  • 81.5%
  • 86.0%
    Video Quality
  • 81.3%
    Image Quality
  • 75.3%
  • 78.8%
  • 77.6%
  • 96.6%
    Microphone Quality

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Whether you’re recording videos or going live, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio does its best to enhance the experience as much as it possibly can. Is it the best webcam for conference room though? That remains to be seen, but it’s TrueColor technology and glass element lens makes a good argument. Sale Microsoft LifeCam Studio Check Price Why We Like It – Microsoft LifeCam Studio Making the best of 720p, without breaking the bank, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio provides superior HD video quality, a high-fidelity mic to boot, and Microsoft’s TrueColor technology. Pros Microsoft’s TrueColor technology High-fidelity microphone Glass element lens Cons Limited to 720p during video calls Type, Lens, Size & Weight For sharper image quality, Microsoft fitted the LifeCam Q2F-00013 with a high precision glass element lens, correcting any distortion that may have occurred otherwise. As far as size is concerned, it’s pretty small; it weighs 4.48 oz and has dimensions of 4.48 x 2.36 x 1.77 inches. However, its awkward, rigid shape may make it difficult to fit in your pocket, not so with the Logitech C922X Pro. Resolution & Display Unfortunately, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio limits itself to 720p during calls, but 1080p for recording—but there’s a silver lining. For starters, its glass element lens improves the overall image quality. At the same time, Microsoft’s TrueColor technology, which is image processing technology that provides better coloring and brightness. In other words: you’re getting an enhanced version of 720p. Or you could have 4K with the Logitech Brio. Tripod & Image Stability The Microsoft LifeCam Studio Q2F-00013 has an anchor for holding onto laptops and monitors. It just isn’t very good; it’s too rigid and unbending. Thankfully, it does support tripods. Optical Zoom, Microphone, Audio & Storage Sadly, zooming isn’t available unless the software you’re using has it; there’s no on-board buttons to press. It also lacks internal storage, which is fairly normal. It’s microphone, on the other hand, is high-fidelity. It’s supposed to be, anyways. Too much echo is picked up, so having soundproof panels is necessary. Or, better yet, pick up a Logitech C925E Webcam. Value While we applaud the Microsoft LifeCam Studio for making the most of 720p during live video calls, it ultimately isn’t enough to justify the price. In fact, most of it is outperformed by the Logitech C925E Webcam. It has arguably better image quality and a much better microphone. It’s $10 more, but $10 worth spending. Microsoft LifeCam Studio Wrap Up The Microsoft LifeCam Studio made a valiant effort, but it isn’t quite enough to battle against its competition. To be frank, there’s options out there just as good and for better prices. However, Microsoft’s TrueColor technology does provide an exquisite image; colors look great, as does lighting. If you can pair it with an excellent microphone, we wouldn’t bat an eye. Reader Rating0 Votes0 9.2Expert RatingBottom Line

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  • Microsoft’s TrueColor technology
  • High-fidelity microphone
  • Glass element lens


It might not be pretty, but the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is a powerful device

Read more on techradar.com


  • Good features
  • Good video quality
  • Decent price


  • Needs a powerful PC for max settings

The 1080p webcam party is just getting started, Logitech kicking things off with the $99 C910 earlier this year, and now things are heating up with Microsoft making its appearance.

Read more on engadget.com


  • Great quality in dim lightingVery flexible mountFull manual controls


  • Limited to 720p in most casesFar pricier than your average webcamMono sound

At first the price looks alarming, but you can get this camera for £65 or less if you look about. We don't like the fact that the autofocus is dreadful, and the minor glitch when using a USB hub is irritating, but forgivable. But the picture quality of this little camera makes up for all of it, and it's the best webcam we've ever seen for pure image qualityRead full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com


  • Beautiful picture quality
  • Stylish and compact
  • Great sound


  • Somewhat expensive
  • Autofocus is dreadful
  • Plugging into USB hub caused us picture problems

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