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Good windows camera for the price,
This review is from: Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Blue) (Personal Computers)
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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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Initial post: Jan 16, 2009 12:45:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2009 12:45:40 PM PST
I purchased this but I have no audio. I used the wizard to test it. That went ok. Still no audio. And I have no idea how to use the cam for anything.
Posted on Feb 22, 2009 1:01:25 PM PST
John A. Erickson says:
Dang you're hot! Thanks for the info too :)
Posted on May 13, 2009 10:57:37 PM PDT
Excellent idea recording a video review with the actual camera! Thanks for your review, very helpful.
Posted on May 19, 2009 10:00:25 PM PDT
Hi! Thanks so much for the video post, it is very helpful and I am able to judge the quality of the image. Just one thing, I am torn between the Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Webcam and this webcam. I have a Sony Vaio laptop and what I really need is an easy to use webcam that has a great video image as the one above and with a built in microphone. I was hoping that you could help me choose!! I know that the first is made specifically for laptops, but the second one adjusts easily as well. The thing is that I can't seem to find a video review of the nx-6000 and I already recently bought a Logitech quickcam for notebooks deluxe which is quite awful and I don't want to make the same mistake twice. Basically, I would really like to purchase the best webcam out of these two... I would really appreciate your help if you could possibly reply to this post! Thanks so much!!
Posted on May 22, 2009 6:56:05 PM PDT
Sam Dizzy says:
Dude, thanks for taking the time to show us the "meat" of the potential purchase. The video looks very good but I want better and I believe in spending a little extra for the next step up. Based on your recommendation I think I will go for the QP9000.
Posted on Sep 26, 2009 12:55:45 PM PDT
Thanks for that detailed explanation! Great job!! I saw the Logictech and might spring for the extra 35 + dollars. Have friends who live quite a distance!! Lisa~~
Posted on Oct 28, 2009 11:26:01 AM PDT
Mat Wilson says:
BOTH blur and audio-sync can be adjusted to act more accurately in real-time.. Just turn off/uncheck "Low Light Compensation" in the Image Adjustment properties with provided software, "Microsoft LifeCam".
Posted on Dec 8, 2009 6:37:03 PM PST
E. Davis says:
Great review and thanks for comparing with other webcams.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2010 1:00:28 PM PST
If you are using it and not getting Audio when you using Skype... Try going under your options and choosing The VX-5000 as the microphone. It has one built in so it should connect to it. By default, Skype may be directing it's microphone source from your PC. Otherwise try reinstalling with the default software and it should automatically update via the internet because I believe the CD drivers are a little outdated. But they could resolve any problems you are having.
Posted on Feb 24, 2010 4:51:51 PM PST
Chandra Nimmala says:
Thanks for the video review. very helpful