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Written by Hank Tolman   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-Webcam
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: LifeCam Cinema
Microsoft H5D-00001 Detailed Features
Microsoft LifeCam Software
Webcam Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: LifeCam Cinema

When the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema arrived at my door, I was actually very surprised by the size. It was tiny! All the pictures I had seen had made me think it was much larger than it actually is. All that really means is that it is even more impressive that the LifeCam Cinema can provide widescreen 720p HD video. The LifeCam Cinema easily fits in the palm of my hand. It arrived in the familiar red packaging that accompanies almost any Microsoft peripheral.

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Inside the package of the LifeCam Cinema was a user manual and the installation CD that includes the Microsoft LifeCam 3.0 program. The cable for the LifeCam Cinema is decently long, though I would have liked to see it be a little bit longer. The cable is contained by an innovative clip that is much easier to use, and works a lot better, than the normal twist-tie that most peripherals come with. I played around with the clip for a little while, but didn't end up using it at all because the cord is just barely long enough to reach from the top of my TV to my HTPC.

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The LifeCam Cinema has a rubber base that is very flexible. I was kind of worried when I first took the H5D-00001 out of the box that the base wouldn't work any better than the much cheaper webcams I was used to. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when the flexible, rubber base provided great support for the camera on almost any surface. The LifeCam Cinema fits onto the top of both my monitor and my television with ease. It also stands upright on the desk just as well. That little rubber based impressed me right from the start, even before I installed the webcam to check out picture quality.

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The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema body swivels on the base from left to right a full 360 degrees, though I haven't found myself needing that kind of flexibility. The head also moves up and down with about a 90 degree range of motion. The range is quite excellent compared to other personal webcams. Many that I have used only move up and down, and refrain completely from allowing the user a side to side motion. Combine that motion with the fact that the LifeCam Cinema captures in widescreen and you have a winning combination.

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There are a few webcams on the market today that offer a widescreen view. This is typically becoming more normal as most television and computer screens are widescreen. The field of view offered by a widescreen picture captures so much more than the alternative. Another major move in almost every aspect of video production now is the move to HD. Microsoft is the first to offer a low-cost webcam with both widescreen and HD capability. The LifeCam Cinema can produce video with a resolution up to 720p. While this is a great move for High Definition recorded video, most programs for video chat over the web don't offer the option to stream in High Definition. For now, this isn't a major setback, as a very top of the line computer is required on both ends, with a high speed internet connection, to achieve any sort of meaningful HD video chat experience. With the release of the LifeCam Cinema, however, I'm positive we are very close to an HD revolution in video chat as well.



 

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# RE: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-WebcamDon Cox 2010-02-27 16:53
My dad has just installed a microsoft lifcam that I sent to him.
I have a logitech system and we can't figure out how to get him to accept my invitaion. The logitech logo invite show up on his screen but he has not indicator to accept. What should we do?
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# FixJames 2012-01-15 12:14
i dont kniw :) bt you need to suck it up and fix it urself u can do it just reed and research
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# RE: FixLes 2012-01-27 10:44
Rude comment and you also need to learn how to spell....
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# "Functionality"Warren Hurd 2010-03-17 06:56
For an HD WonderCam, the design and software seem to be deliberately limitting; ie the blue light, the glass over the lens preventing any adaptations that would otherwise be very simple.
The software is extremely limitted, except for the silly stuff.
I am sorry I bought this camera, and am offended by the level of its limitations given its potential, as these limitations could not possibly be missed by a design team and are quite obviously planned obsolescence.
Pretty shameful device, given what it Could de, and Not worth the hype Microsoft gives it.

Sincerely, I want my money back.
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# RE: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-Webcammarko 2010-03-19 06:36
This camera does not support 30fps at 720p. Or well, that hardware does but the software doesn't. If you want true 720p 30fps video, you have to uninstall the LifeCam software. After that you can choose 30fps when using MJPG format.
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# RE: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-Webcamluce 2010-03-25 06:36
The drivers don't support 720p at 30fps, but it's still alright except for the mic. Video and pictures were still a lot better than your average webcam, but I would always go back to using my earphones with built-in mic to talk with. Overall, it's really good and I really like the build. Certainly better than the usual plastic. For the price, I'd say it's worth it.
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# Just bought camera cannot make it worksKarin 2010-05-14 23:59
Just bought WebCam Cinema. installed everything but it doesn not capture image.
I cannot make it work, I am sure must e something to enable on the computer but I don't know what.
I have Windows Vista. Any uggestions??
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# MrsOdette Fowler 2010-06-18 20:05
Please let me know where I can download the manual for this LifeCam
Cinema 720 HD that I own.
Thank you
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# Lifecam CinemaErnest Brownlee 2010-07-31 17:25
I have two of the Microsoft Lifecam Cinemas. The picture is very good and even in poor light the color stays sharp. I would like to use it for a security camera, does anyone know of a converter that would take the USB to AV output so I can connect it to VCR Or TV?
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# webcamAndrew 2010-09-03 06:28
i not sure if you can get usb to av but i know if you get a usb extension
and "jumicam" from the app store you can view the webcam from afar if you decide to do that and have problems just reply back ok.
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# Webcam 720p HDboris 2010-09-05 02:05
Habe sterben Cam angeschlossen , Hut Sich Allein Die installierte und gut funktioniert . Müsste SIE Nochmals Deinstallationsprogr amm ! Jetzt funktioniert SIE trotzdem, hab keine Verknüpfung ABER Auf dem Desktop und Unter Programm finde ich sterben Cam Auch NICHT MEHR . Kann auch keine einstellungen vornehmen ! ! Wer Kann helfen?
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# lifecam cinemabilal 2011-05-23 03:13
i would like to say that i have lifecam cinema hd,i try to install after installed,it shows me your cam is not connect plz can you help me about this i really don't know what i do
hope you can help me
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# RE: Lifecam CinemaDennis 2011-07-23 20:48
Google search Yawcam. Download the program and use your computer as a image capture. Program has motion detection and you can set where you want it to detect. You may have to get some extra cable for your web cam so that you can move it,or on a laptop no problem good luck, Love mine
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# RE: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD-WebcamAndrew 2010-09-03 06:31
what i meant to say was if you get jumicam for your iphone or ipod touch and install the jumicontroller on your pc you can view your webcam from anywhere if you have internet connection on your iphone or ipod touch
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# It's a piece of junkMarcel 2010-09-22 10:27
Despite all the features that are promised and all the hype thingies this webcam performs like crap! The picture it gives is blurry and not even in focus. The autofocus seems to be on holiday cuz it just aint working.

Oh well, with Windows (whatever version) in the back of my head, what else could we expect from a product coming from Microsoft????
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# Poor software compatibilityGreg 2010-09-25 20:39
I have tried several video chatting and remote webcam viewer programs with this camera. None of them has been able to display the camera image in anything other than 320x240 resolution. It will not even operate in the standard high-quality resolution of 640x480. If only they had added 640x480 compatibility, then most of these programs would work. Very disappointed with this camera.
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