How to Change the Focus Settings for a Microsoft LifeCam

By Kirk Bennet

The manual focus setting allows you to blur or sharpen focus on a specific point.
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The Microsoft LifeCam webcam helps you initiate video calls and keep in touch with your family or friends, and it can even help provide technical support if you run your own small business. The LifeCam has a built-in microphone and its 1080p HD sensor is able to record high-resolution video and capture still images. The Microsoft LifeCam software enables you to control most of the settings of your webcam. Although the webcam adjusts its focus automatically by default, you can take control of the device and adjust it manually.

Step 1

Launch the Microsoft LifeCam software and click the arrow at the right of the LifeCam window to open the dashboard.

Step 2

Click the "Gear" icon to switch to the Settings tab and disable "Truecolor" by clearing its check box.

Step 3

Click the "Properties" button to view the webcam's advanced settings.

Step 4

Click the "Camera Control" tab, deselect the "Auto" option next to "Focus" and click "Apply."

Step 5

Move the "Focus" slider to change the focus of your LifeCam manually. Moving the slider to the right makes the camera focus on objects that are closer to its lens, while moving the slider to the left forces the camera to focus on objects that are farther away.

Step 6

Click "OK" to apply the new settings and close the Properties window.