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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

Microsoft H5D-00001 Detailed Features

The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema H5D-00001 webcam features a stunning top resolution of 1280x720p. It does so at 30 frames per second. While that may not sound like all that much, it's pretty impressive as far as webcams go. If you thought about playing your favorite first-person shooter game at 30 frames per second, you probably wouldn't be very happy. That is quite understandable. But many webcams struggle to offer video at much, much lower resolutions than the LifeCam Cinema, and at far lower frames per second. In reality, 30 FPS at 720p resolutions would be quite a feat, if the H5D-00001 can live up to it.

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While it would be pretty amazing to chat with your friends and family at 30 FPS and 720p resolution, like I said before, that's not very possible right now. The main uses for the high resolution and fast frames per second offered by the LifeCam Cinema H5D-00001 can, in reality, only be experienced to the finest degree when capturing videos. That being said, if you post a lot of video to youTube, your blog or website, or if you have another use for recording videos from your computer, then the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema H5D-00001 is just what you have been looking for. And, as I mentioned, even if you haven't found a work-around to make Skype compatible with 720p, I think you will be quite impressed with the great video quality that the LifeCam Cinema offers at lower resolutions. In fact, with the higher frame rates, I find the lower resolution video for chatting to be quite superb.

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I mentioned earlier that the LifeCam Cinema was much smaller than I had anticipated. Since I had seen pictures of the product before, I want to give you a realistic look at exactly how small the camera actually is. The LifeCam Cinema sits just over 2" tall when the rubber mounting fixture is curved under the device, as seen below in both images. If the stand is extended outward so the LifeCam Cinema can be mounted on a monitor, it loses almost an inch and stands less than 1.5" above the monitor. From front to rear, the main body of the LifeCam Cinema is under 2" long. That huge looking microphone mounted on the top of the camera is under half an inch long. Finally, the LifeCam Cinema measures almost exactly 1" in diameter.

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Despite the tiny size of this beast of a webcam, the LifeCam Cinema was very impressive during performance tests. I will share the results of those test with you later, but I want to make sure that you don't underestimate the power of this little device prematurely and based solely on the fact that it is smaller, even, than the $30 Philips SPC710NC webcam I tested it against. While that microphone is in actuality so much smaller than it looks in the pictures, it really has a kick to it. It picked up even the smallest of noises with precision. There were some unexpected setbacks with the microphone, but we will explore those later 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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