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The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 is petite and powerful. We looked for the best combination of web camera features, not necessarily the showiest webcam. Showy can come with an increased price tag and girth that we do not want. The LifeCam HD-6000 strikes a nice balance and offers a great value.
This webcam captures some very good-looking video at 30 frames per second in 720p, correcting for less-than-ideal sound and lighting conditions along the way. It takes in widescreen views with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
The potential for great stills is a little less with this webcam because the resolution is only 4 megapixels. Our other candidates have noticeably higher numbers, but since we liked almost everything else about this camera, we can still recommend it for most tasks.
All Microsoft LifeCam cameras come with a dashboard that allows you to control the camera and to add special effects to your internet calls.
The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 has most of the important design features we looked for. Its built-in noise-cancelling microphone makes it easier for the person on the other end to hear just you and not all of the sounds going on around you.
All of the Microsoft webcams we evaluated offer facial tracking but not facial recognition – including this one. This camera will remain focused on your face most of the time, even if you move around quite a bit. However, it does not come with facial tracking software or the associated potential security benefits we saw with some competing models, which allow you to position your face in front of the webcam for scanning in place of using a password to access your computer.
This web camera can swivel a full 360 degrees to take in any part of your surroundings you would like. It also makes set up easy with USB connectivity.
One thing worth noting is the clip design. We could not get it to clip onto our desktop screen. It is designed exclusively to work with laptops, so if you need a desktop webcam, this is not the one for you.
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The LifeCam HD-6000 is compact and portable, making it easy to take with you when you travel. It even comes with its own padded carry case. The cord is very short, though, compared to similar products. That might make it difficult to arrange your desktop the way you like it in every setup.
Microsoft customer support is quite good for this webcam, and we love the three-year warranty. That is truly impressive. We wish Microsoft Hardware had a live chat option for just a quick question here and there, but the support team's email response times are good, and there is support available by phone as well.
The LifeCam HD-6000 will help you look and sound your best so that all of your video interactions can be pleasant. Although it is somewhat lacking in still photo resolution, this web camera offers an impressive warranty and a small footprint for portability.