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488 of 503 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2008
Color: BlueVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This camera is worth buying in this price range for people who generally use Windows Live products (messenger, etc) and normally do basic web cam sessions with a resolution no greater than 640 x 480. If you'd like to do full screen video using other software like Skype, you'll want to get a higher end Microsoft camera or something like the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 (my favorite). I've been using the Quickcam Pro 9000 for the past year and have really liked it, however, it seems to be at least double the price of this MS camera. One downside to this Microsoft camera is that the microphone can be a bit faint and the sound can be a bit off. That said, unless you have high expectations for crystal clear web cam chats, then I can certainly recommend this camera for people mainly interested in ease of use with Windows Live Messenger and other Instant Messaging programs. It was easy to install and is extremely easy to use. I recorded this video in 320x240 resolution using the included software. Thanks and have fun shopping!
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223 of 228 people found the following review helpful
Microsoft's LifeCam VX-5000 is a good all around webcam at a reasonable price. While some of the features are improvements, this is not the highest end model you can get and not even the top of the line in Microsoft's line-up. You may have to do some more research and demanding users will want to step up. But for those that are looking for the best bang for their buck, this model should definitely be in the running.

+ Good Price for basic webcam
+ The flexible base is probably the best design out there for working with a variety of monitors, including laptops, flat screens and traditional monitors
+ The included software is very easy for non-techies to install and configure using simple buttons
+ Ability to zoom, pan and tilt are nice, though now standard, extras
+ Easy settings also allow for easy video effects
+ Advanced features are just a click away, allowing customized settings
+ For those who want to do IM and chat, this seems to be tightly integrated with those applications and Windows Live
+ Integrated Microphone is a nice feature and one less thing for your desk
+ Nice indicator light alerts you to when webcam is capturing
+ The options to take a snapshot, record video or record sound are nice and useful for basic multimedia stuff
+ Nice range of model accent colors: i.e. Blue,Green and Red

- Video quality perhaps not good enough for professional (work) use yet
- The video capture (listed at 30 frames per second) still seems to perform too slowly to capture fast movement (try waving your hand)
- The microphone sensitivity is average and the camera must be directed at you for it to capture sound adequately
- The highly touted low light performance and auto-adjustment works slowly and not as well as the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
- The software installation includes too much scumware, adware and software for chatting and other things you may not want; just more stuff to remove
- The 640 X 480 video resolution does not easily scale to full screen and won't satisfy demanding users

Comparing Against The Alternatives

Yep, despite some strong points, this guy still has a lot of cons. If you are a basic user many of those cons will be irrelevant in light of the excellent price. Most of my main points are highlighted in the pros and cons. But there are a few points that need emphasis.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 offers a *true* 2.0 megapixel sensor, while this guy only gives you 1.3 megapixels, and those are interpolated which basically means they are not based on the direct sensor but are *enhanced* from the VGA resolution that is captured by the camera. So one would expect the VX7000 to capture video better. Similarly, the Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 captures high definition video at twice the video resolution. Either of those might be options, but each at slightly higher price tags.

If you really want a very clear picture and don't mind spending twice as much, then the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 is worth looking into. It definitely has a better auto-adjustment feature than the VX-5000 and also sports Zeiss optics for those that are into that. The Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF is another high end camera that also has some auto-focus features at a higher price tag, around $100. Do your research depending upon your needs.

While it's not really a con, all three versions of the VX-5000 camera that I've seen look black. The accent color is not very noticeable. So my advice is to just get the cheapest one. They are selling at different prices and the prices fluctuate so you will definitely want to watch them carefully.

If you need an inexpensive webcam and don't need high definition video, this unit is one of the best options. More demanding users should step up to higher end Logitech and Creative units.

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2008
The life cam seems to me to be a better camera especialy in lo light areas around your computer. It has shown me a clearer and brighter picture than my old HP. The one thing I was very upset about it when you down-load the CD that comes with it, it atomaticaly down-loads a bunch of un nessasy crap that slowed my computer down considerably every time I booted up my computer. I had to uninstall the whole program and go directly to Microsoft, find the correct boot-up program and reinstall the program from there. This could take you around 45minutes to a hour and I have a brand new top pf line core two duo. This became a whole lot of spam sales garbage that no one should have go through with out their concent!! I hope taging on this garbage to any little thing you buy STOPS or I would consider not buying anything else from Microsoft!Brian W.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Color: BlueVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
It seems that the quality of a Video/Audio camera for computers is comparable directly to the price. My Dell Laptop has a built in webcam that has a 640 X 480 Video resolution and a 1.3 megapixel photo capability. The `LifeCam' also has the same (640 X 480) resolution, but the quality seems to be slightly better for some reason. I suspect it is because the `LifeCam' has 2.0 megapixel photo capability instead of 1.3 and you can place the camera anywhere, instead of fixed directly in front of you. I also compared it to my Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 which has a High Definition Video resolution of 1600 X 1200. Of course the Pro 9000 is much better, but it is also twice the price. The settings on the `LifeCam' are easy to set to a fairly good quality reading with some blur when you move about quickly, but that is typical of almost any videocam for a computer.

The nicest features of the `LifeCam' are the low light quality. I simply used indirect light from a window and the picture is fine. Too much light can be worse. The audio is fine as well - not as crisp as the Pro 9000 and a tiny bit tinny, but perfectly adequate. If you want to take a photo with the 2.0 pixel, you know exactly what to expect, as most phone cameras are 1.0 to 2.0 megapixels. There is a slight delay with motion, but that really doesn't matter when you are simply corresponding with another person on the internet. The pan, tilt and zoom are typical of most cameras and is useful. The flexible stand is probably the most inventive part of the camera, allowing you to place it in almost any position, including hanging it over the top of your monitor. This is a very important feature as every person's computer set-up varies.

The quality is better than my built-in Dell laptop, but not nearly as good as the Pro 9000. So as the adage goes, you get what you pay for. But to be honest, I don't have great use for a super high quality video camera, so the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is a perfect choice for the beginner who just wants to see and talk with their family or buddies on the internet. All this is based on using SKYPE, but I imagine most providers are similar.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2009
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2009
I bought this camera on advice seen in this list as well a friend who had just bought one. However, the software had a glitch in it and wouldn't completely install to my computer that uses windows xp. Online help didn't help from Microsoft.

I sent it back and got a logitech Qickcam Communicate MP that functions fine and set up in a few minutes with no glitches. Amazon took back the Microsoft LifeCam with no problem and was real happy with the Amazon service.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2010
I was looking for a simple camera to use with Skype to see my new grandson. This webcam had a lot of four and five star reviews so I bought it. The software installation was a nightmare on my XP machine and it just didn't work. I went back and reviewed all of the one star reviews and learned that everyone using XP had the same problem. Add one more to the list. The story doesn't end there. It took hours to install and hours to uninstall. The process recommended I install something called Live Essentials, another 200 meg program that also doesn't work and locked up my PC running an endless loop script. After uninstalling it must have deleted a bunch of Windows security files as my PC went right into auto update to get 25 Microsoft security files for applications going back to 2002. My PC runs like a slug now and I'm getting a bunch of bogus runtime errors. I may end of having to do a full restore of my system. Needless to say the webcam is on its way back to Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2009
this webcam does work with windows xp, however, the "microsoft" software that is included which runs all the extras doesn't. after checking on the web, I found that many other people are having this same problem and we seem to be completely ignored when we email microsoft. it works, but at the bare minimum of its reported capability. I bought this because another I tried didn't work at all. I would look at a different make/model for a webcam.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2009
Plugged into MacBook Pro and works without any configuration with Skype, iChat, EvoCam, QuickTime Pro and possibly iMovie.
Nice compact design.
Flexible, rubber-coated base adapts well enough to any situation.
Nice long cable allows for pointing it around the office or out of the window.

Too light sensitive in a bright room or if person faces a window.
This results in shiny spots on face, purple fringing and washed out areas.
It's like overusing the Shadows and Highlights Filter or the Posterize Filter in Photoshop.
This cannot be adjusted even with iGlasses, which is a software to tweak webcam settings within OS X.
The cable appears to thick and uneven for the wires inside.
Another drawback, although most webcam may have this fault is that you cannot focus closer than ~20cm. It really would be nice to have a manual adjustable lens, so one can show small items or document text.

Overall a decent camera, except for the overexposure issue.
Although the resolution of 1.3MP seems to be the same as the build-in iSight it cannot match the picture quality of the iSight because of overexposure. (May be a problem on the Mac only)

Would buy it on sale again, but keep on looking for a simple webcam that can deliver on image quality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2009
This web cam was super easy to install and use and the interface is a no brainer (even a caveman can do it).It sits on top of my LCD monitor with nothing but the camera in view and the little blue light tells you when its on. The mic is sensitive so you dont have to yell just talk in a normal conversational voice. I am going to buy another and have already recommended it to others.
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