Microsoft LifeCam HD way overexposed!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Inconsequential, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    Got a problem where using this camera on my Mac Pro results in a way over exposed image with absolutely no way of control it from my searching!

    Anybody got any ideas?

  2. Mr Robi macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    LifeCam problems on Mac OSX Lion

    I had the same problem. My LifeCam HD worked great until I upgraded to Lion. I'm still looking for a solution, but here's my current work-around:

    1. Download CameraControl from here:

    2. Extract the app from the ZIP file and run it. Your camera exposure should be better. Leave this app running.

    3. Run PhotoBooth or FaceTime. Your exposure should be fine.

    You will always need to start CameraControl before any other video capture app -- otherwise it will reset to being over exposed.

    I haven't tried with Skype yet.
  3. alforque macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2011
    Sadly, Camera Control did nothing for me. Were you able to fix your LifeCam? I'll keep an eye on this thread.
  4. v8raun macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    Skype works too

    Skype does the same thing as camera control (i use osx lion 10.7.4 and a microsoft lifecam studio), but in my case it doesn't matter, if i leave the app running or not! After i started Skype once, the exposure is fine in FaceTime, photo booth etc., also if i quit Skype before or during i use one of the mentioned apps!
  5. alforque macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2011
    Thanks! Unfortunately, this didn't work for the Microsoft LifeCam.

    The app recognizes the webcam, but returns "request failed" on all actions.
  6. Bud DaDude macrumors newbie

    Bud DaDude

    Jul 3, 2017
    A simple fix is to put some sunglasses with polarised lenses in front of the camera.
  7. LudwigNV macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2017
    Hi to anyone needing this,
    I am on a 10.12.6 mac mini and I had the same problem (LifeCam Studio (model 1425)). I was ghost white on first hookup. I did not try the other solutions here but I launched Photoboooth™ and started testing out a few filters. Then I returned to the default...and everything was back to normal. This also positively affected my balance in Face Time.

    Best of Luck

  8. lumedawg macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2019

    Just tried this and it worked great! Just played with some effects in Photobooth. Closed it and opened a Zoom meeting. Went from ghost to host! Thanks Ludwig!

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