The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam is an affordable and very practical web cam for anyone looking for a camera that is easy to install and simple to use. From the time I removed this camera from its package, it took somewhere around five minutes before it was up and running and I was able to use it to communicate with friends and family via skype and other software programs. The software included with this camera is very simple to understand and use as it takes snapshots and video with one click of a mouse. From there, it is very easy to edit the snapshots and video using associated software. As for the clarity of images, the Microsoft LifeCam produces very clear, wide-screen images with the option for high definition quality. I have used this camera using skype many times and have heard many comments regarding the clarity of the image that it produces. The price of this web cam is a bit more than many of the cheaper models but the extra cost is worth it considering the quality of the image it produces.