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LifeCam Webcam - 30 fps - USB 2.0 (5 Megapixel Interpolated - 1920 x 1080 Video - CMOS Sensor - Auto-focus - Microphone)

IntelliRating: 4.5 stars
Pros: HD CMOS image sensor, TrueColor and ClearFrame technology enhances color and eliminates lag, Flexible and tripod-compatible mount, Skype- and Lync-compatible
Cons: Only records video in 720p HD, Puts high demand on system resources

Review: Connecting with friends and family has never been easier than with the Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam. Armed with an enhanced video sensor capable of capturing HD video, this webcam is the top-tier offering in Microsoft's LifeCam series. The LifeCam Studio Webcam features an HD CMOS sensor that shoots high-quality video even in difficult lighting conditions. Unlike conventional webcams, the LifeCam Studio uses actual advanced high-precision glass lens elements, giving recorded video superior clarity. The sensor is likewise equipped with TrueColor Technology and ClearFrame Technology, providing every frame of video with extra color and eliminating lag in between. Capping things off, the LifeCam Studio has a built-in high-fidelity digital microphone built into the camera body. The stand that is built into the Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam is quite impressive in itself. While other webcam mounts are only simple bulldog clip-type devices, the one on the LifeCam Studio is a rubberized, flexible foot that is shaped into a hook at the front end for latching onto laptop screens. The back end of the mount has a built-in screw-type tripod mount, allowing the LifeCam Studio to be used with ordinary tripods. Since the LifeCam Studio Webcam is a Microsoft product, it's virtually guaranteed to work with the company's communications software such as Skype or Lync with minimal setup required. Because it uses a USB connection to connect to a computer, all that's ever needed is to plug it into an open port, and it's ready to use. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam is a quality imaging peripheral that's a great addition to any computer system that's also set up for communications. However, the LifeCam Studio is limited only to 720p HD video by default, and only captures 1080p in still images. All things considered though, 720p isn't that bad, especially since communications software only does video chat in VGA (640 X 480) resolution. The LifeCam Studio webcam requires third-party software – which isn't included in the package - for it to be able to actually record in 1080p. This webcam also takes a significant chunk out of computer system resources, more so when recording in HD. This means that you would need a pretty beefy computer to get the most out of the LifeCam Studio.

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