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  • True 720p HD video
  • Auto Focus
  • 16:9 widescreen
  • TrueColor Technology
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model: 7ND-00001
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Weight: 0.60 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.6 x 4.3 inches ; 3.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002XN7C6W
  • Item model number: 7ND-00001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 16, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000


Do more things together when you're apart with Skype video calling


Sharp video with Auto Focus

Get the HD webcam features you need to share each moment as it happens—at a reasonable price. The LifeCam HD-5000 offers a 720p HD sensor and automatically sharpens your images with Auto Focus, while TrueColor adjusts exposure for bright, vibrant footage. Plus, the widescreen presents a remarkably cinematic feel, right from your desktop or notebook PC.

Product Features



  1. 720p HD video chat

    For a true HD-quality experience.

  2. TrueColor Technology with face tracking

    Automatically controls exposure for bright and colorful video.

  3. Auto focus

    Images stay sharp and detailed, even close-ups.

  4. Widescreen

    16:9 format offers cinematic video recording.



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Microphone Digital Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone Noise Reduction Microphone High-Fidelity Microphone
TrueColor Technology
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360° View Range
ClearFrame Technology
Aluminum Body
Carrying Case
Lens Cap

System Requirements

  • Computer/Operating System
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher (Excluding Windows XP 64-bit); minimum: Intel Dual-Core 1.6 GHz or higher, 1 GB of RAM; recommended: Intel Dual-Core 3.0 GHz or higher, 2 GB of RAM
  • Hard Drive
    1.5 GB free
  • Other
    USB 2.0
    Windows-compatible speakers or headphones

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to install.
T.
The auto focus feature is a little annoying where every time you move it refocuses so I turned off that feature.
armuza
The picture quality is very good.
Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

210 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on September 22, 2010
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Length: 1:46 Mins
I really like this camera. You can play my review as recorded on the unit itself.

A couple of other things I didn't mention. It has a built-in microphone, and records very good sound quality, as you'll hear if you play the video.

There's quite a bit of included software, including some that allows you to perform basic video editing on your footage.

You can also download directly to YouTube, Twitter, and other sites and apps.

Download and installation was flawless, and I run Win 7 64-bit (I noticed in some reviews that others running that OS seemed to have problems; I didn't).

All in all, 5 stars.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Chris Damon VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
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Ok, First of all if you are a person who is concerned about excessive packaging, this is one unit you probably want to avoid. Microsoft uses such a big box compared to the product contained within it. Although most of the packaging is cardboard that can be recycled you would think they could come up with a better design. Really, the package should have been only slightly bigger than the CD that is contained within it, since that is the largest component.

I first like to look at the manual when I get a product. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000's manual consisted of a single 5 inch square sheet with illustrations (no text)in boxes labeled one through four. The first box was a picture of the enclosed CD, the second a picture of a USB connector with an arrow pointing towards a USB jack, the third showing you can place the webcam on top of your monitor or on a flat surface, and the fourth showing you can twist the camera on its base. That is the entire manual. I should also mention here that a label covered the USB connector coming from the webcam instructing you to install the software from the disc first. You physically must remove the label in order to insert the USB connector to your computer. I guess this is just in case you did not have the time to look at the the four squares. Oh, you also get a useless "Microsoft Product Guide" which looks like they throw in with every product, since it mentions Lasers, headsets and Radio Frequency devices. This guide is just full of warnings and precautionary measures which they probably legally have to enclose. The only thing is mentions about "Webcam Devices" is that the adhesive attachment disc may leave an adhesive residue, something that does not pertain to this product, and therefore this guide did not need to be included at all.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Terrance S. VINE VOICE on May 5, 2010
Simply put, the picture quality of the LifeCam HD-5000 is amazing, and despite losing out in terms of absolute resolution (720p is only ~0.9 MP) to some of the other webcams on the market, the HD-5000's sharp focus, low noise, excellent low-light performance, and life-like color produced superior results. Frankly, it is better than my older Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Pro, a newish Rosewill true 1.3MP webcam, and the several built-in webcams I've used over the years. The built-in forward-facing microphone works as expected, and the stand is quite innovative and worked well stand-alone and hanging on my laptop's monitor.

Despite producing quality video and stills, however, the HD-5000 is far from perfect. Firstly, the auto focus implementation is TERRIBLE. Not only is it SLOW to focus (up to 4 seconds), but it is also triggered very easily. Second, the lack of hardware acceleration makes for high CPU usage. Simply looking at myself at 720p consumed 30-40% of my laptop's CPU and recording 720p video ate up 70-80%. (I am running 32-bit Windows XP with 4GB RAM with a Pentium Dual Core T4300 @ 2.1 GHz - 800MHz FSB, 1 MB L2) To add insult to injury, the 720p video was captured at only 15 FPS, which is only half of the advertised "true HD-quality video at up to 30 fps."

The LifeCam software is pretty basic, but has a few fun features. Besides allowing you to set the capture resolution for photos and videos, the software lets you perform basic transformations such as making your head square, making your eyes extra large, etc. You can also overlay various objects such as big hair, a cowboy hat, etc. It is worth noting that the HD-5000 didn't work out of the box with SkypeHD, but it did work with regular skype, and internet video-chat.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Matrix Fan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
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Length: 4:18 Mins
While the picture-taking quality of this webcam is excellent, the auto-focus feature becomes very distracting after a short period of time...
...and you'll see why after you watch this video.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Memorial on November 22, 2010
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The LifeCam HD-5000 is quite a decent webcam. For $30, I'd have to say it a great purchase. The picture is good with a good variability of resolutions. The microphone is great (seems to have decent noise cancellation in place). Great choice for Skype. Note that this is not a Skype HD rated webcam as the 720p video is encoded on the machine, not in the camera hardware itself. As of this moment, there are very few Skype HD rated webcams out there, so I don't expecting great 720p performance on every machine from this webcam.

The following two paragraphs are relevant to Windows machines only:

With regard to auto-focus, I would like to point out that contrary to some other reviews, the auto-focus can be disabled in the webcam settings without disabling TrueColor, which adjusts for brightness, hue, and saturation (as well as other aspects of the image). Overall, auto-focus is great to have, it works very well in certain setups, and very poorly in others. I do like being able to hold up text to the camera and have it focus on the image. If you have problems with the auto-focus, simply turn it off in the (advanced) webcam settings (which can be accessed in the control panel, in Skype, or through the LifeCam software).

Here are some points on the LifeCam software. First, I would like to point out that you do not need to install it. Without the LifeCam software, the camera works great with the drivers Windows (7) chooses to install for it. There are, however, some differences. The LifeCam software is what provides TrueColor, which does make for a better video when chatting online. The LifeCam software also auto-adjusts the frame rate for your machine depending on the resolution, this makes for smoother video for online chatting.
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