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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Blue)

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  • Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 General Features: Blue color VGA CMOS sensor technology
  • 640 x 480 motion video resolution 1.3 megapixel interpolated 55 diagonal field of view
  • 4x digital zoom USB 2.0 interface Integrated unidirectional noise cancelling microphone
  • Flexible universal attachment base Digital pan and tilt Vertical tilt and swivel pan
  • Live Call Button
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Built-in Microphone

Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015BWO5W
  • Item model number: RKA-00001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Color: Blue

Product Description

Introducing the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 – Featuring Windows Live compatibility, World Class VGA Optics, superior low-light performance and a fun flexible design. Share more experiences with family and friends. Optimized for Windows Live and Windows 7, the LifeCam Cinema also works with Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger and Skype for video calls and messaging.

From the Manufacturer

Introducing the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 – Featuring Windows Live compatibility, World Class VGA Optics, superior low-light performance and a fun flexible design. Share more experiences with family and friends. Optimized for Windows Live and Windows 7, the LifeCam Cinema also works with Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger and Skype for video calls and messaging.

Product Features:

Share more

  • Swap and share photos live during a video call
  • Windows Live™ call button for use with Windows Live Messenger.
   
Hear more
  • Crystal-clear audio
  • Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation
  • Echo cancellation*

See more clearly

  • World-class VGA optics
  • Auto-adjusts for low-light conditions
  • Pan, tilt, zoom**
  • Always focused***
   
Fun, Flexible Base
  • Bend, fold and shape the flexible base for the best angle on laptop screens, flat panels and traditional monitors.

* Echo cancellation available with Windows Vista, Windows Live Messenger, and Microsoft® Office Communicator.
** Not available when previewing and capturing video at 640 × 480 esolution.
*** Focus depth of field from 21" to 60".

   
 

How to Make a Video Call:

With a simple calling interface and integration with Microsoft LifeCams, you'll find that video calling is the next best thing to being there. It's easy, it's free, and you can get started today. All you need is a PC, an Internet connection, an ISP, a webcam, and a friend. Then follow the steps below to make a video call.

     
Step 1
Buy and install a LifeCam. Don't have one? Start shopping.
  Step 2
Sign in to your Windows Live™ Messenger account or other messenger service that supports video calls.
  Step 3
Once you are signed in you can either choose a contact on the Instant Messenger window, or press the video call button on your webcam. Then click the Video link to start a video call.
 

Find a Webcam That's Right for You:

 
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Good:
Webcam LifeCam Cinema LifeCam Show LifeCam VX-5500 LifeCam NX-3000 LifeCam VX-5000 LifeCam VX-2000
Video Sensor 720p HD
2.0 MP
VGA
VGA
VGA
VGA
Photo Size 8 MP
8 MP
1.3 MP
1.3 MP
1.3 MP
1.3 MP
Focus Type - Always Focused means that no fine tuning is needed as the webcam is always in focus from a depth of 21" to 60" Auto Focus
Always Focused
Always Focused
Always Focused
Always Focused
Fixed Focus
Digital Zoom - delivers realistic, up-close-and-personal video, so you can see the contours of every smile 5x
5x
3x
3x
3x
3x
Wide-Angle Lens - the 71 degree wide angle lens ensures no one gets left out of the pictures Yes
Yes
       
Built-In Microphone - a built-in unidirectional microphone cancels out acoustic noise and echo for crystal-clear audio Digital, Noise-Cancelling
Noise-Cancelling
Noise-Cancelling
Noise-Cancelling
Noise-Cancelling
Noise-Cancelling
Fits Laptops or PCs Both Both Both Laptops only Both Both

LifeCam VX-5000 System Requirements:
  • Windows 7 or Windows Vista®
    • Intel Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz (Pentium Dual-Core 1.8 GHz or higher recommended)
    • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended), 200–600 MB Hard Drive
  • or Windows® XP
    • Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz (Pentium Dual-Core 1.8 GHz or higher recommended)
    • 256 MB of RAM (500 MB recommended), 400–1250 MB Hard Drive300 MB free
  • Sound card with Windows compatible speakers or headphones
  • USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 recommended)
  • CD drive
  • Internet functions (post to Windows Live™ Spaces, send in e-mail, video calls) also require: Broadband (cable, DSL, or other) modem
       

Recommended Accessories:

   
Microsoft LifeChat
LX-3000 Headset
  Microsoft LifeChat
LX-2000 Headset
  Microsoft LifeChat
LX-1000 Headset

Customer Reviews

Very easy to install.
David Pearlstein
The flexible stand is very versatile and easy to use whether you want to place this camera on top of your monitor, or on the desk.
David C. Franklin
Picture quality and sound quality is great.
M. Pyke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

485 of 500 people found the following review helpful By Truth Teller on December 29, 2008
Color Name: Blue Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Length: 1:44 Mins
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 By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2008
Color Name: Blue
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.

Pros
+ 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,
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By B. WELSH on July 19, 2008
Color Name: Blue
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 By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 25, 2008
Color Name: Blue Vine 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.
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