Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 Review


A favorite of experts and users alike, the Microsoft LifeCamVX-5000 has good image quality given its 640x480 resolution, 30 frames/second, and 3X zoom; it also features a built-in microphone and unique features like live photo swap. The main downfall of this webcam: you can't use it with non-Microsoft computer programs.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (starting at $35, Amazon) is a favorite among expert reviewers. CNET experts comment favorably in a Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review about its overall performance and they particularly like the way the image sensor follows your face as you move around. The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review on CNET also notes that it works well even in rooms with dim lighting. PC World, in its Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review, says the images are crystal clear and the flexibility of the mounting stand is a plus. Reviewers also report that noise cancellation works well.

Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000 works with Windows 7, Vista, and XP and its requirements vary depending on your operating system. Windows 7 and Vista both require a minimum 2.8 GHz processing speed and at least 1 GB of RAM while XP requires at least 1.8 GHz processing speed and at least 256 MB of RAM. It has a good 680x480 resolution and 30 fps, provides a 3X zoom, and stores 1.3 megapixels of photos. About its shortcomings, several Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000 reviews on Amazon complain about the amount of software that this cheap webcam makes you download, including some superfluous items (like adware and software for chatting) that take up room and need to be removed later on. Also, this webcam only works with Windows Live Messenger.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is a good webcam if you don't mind the unnecessary downloads and enjoy using Windows Live Messenger. It provides better audio and video quality than most webcams in this cheap price range and is easy to use.

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