Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD: 720p Webcam

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.” -Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, volume I, no. 183

Apple_iSight

Beautiful. Simple. Elegant. A minimalist FireWire connection. The FireWire cord, in white, flows naturally out of the iSight. Brilliant product design. And then there’s Microsoft’s LifeCam Cinema HD…

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Imitation, Of Course! Not only is there a similarity in external design, the name, LifeCam Cinema HD, sounds familiar too. And it should: Apple’s line of LCD monitors are called Cinema HD.

Loud Apple’s iSight has an integrated mic, but you wouldn’t know it from the external design. Microsoft’ss LifeCam Cinema HD has a built-in mic (noise-canceling): that’s the big bulge on top. Like the name suggests it’s HD–you can clearly tell from the front. And yes, it is from Microsoft. The mount too. I wonder if the cables are branded. I think that’s about enough Microsoft bashing for its non-simple, non-elegant product design.

HD Recording The LifeCam Cinema HD will most likely work quite well. And it trumps the other more stylish webcam in pure hardware capability: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps recording. On the other hand, the beaut can only record 640 x 480 at 30 fps. Both have autofocus. The iSight sports a custom-designed three-part f/2.8 lens with two aspherical elements. The LifeCam Cinema HD: I don’t know. For more information about the iSight check out Wikipedia.

Dual Core Minimum You’ll need a solid setup to get the LifeCam Cinema HD working: 1.6GHz Dual Core CPU minimum (3GHz recommended). If you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 7 the LifeCam Cinema HD has got your back. Price is US$80 and will be available September 9.

If the iSight had feelings, I don’t think it is flattered.

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