Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 Review

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Despite its high price, compact size, 4X zoom feature, 30 frames/second, and 800x600 pixel resolution, experts and users report that this camera leaves much to be desired in terms of visual quality at lower resolutions and choppiness at higher resolutions. The software packaged with this webcam also requires you to spend a great deal of time downloading programs you may never use.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 (starting at $45, Amazon) is not well-regarded by experts or consumers. This webcam seems like a winner at first glance, according to a Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 review on PC World, given its 4X zoom, noise-cancellation, high definition 2.0 megapixel video sensor, pan, tilt and zoom feature, sleek design, and special effects. But the Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 review concludes that the video is nearly unwatchable at the highest resolution: lighting is poor and frames are choppy. And, it has only 25 fps.

Microsoft LifeCam VX 7000 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP with Service Pack 2 (or higher) and requires 3GHz processing speed of at least 2 GB of RAM. One user reports in a Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 review on Amazon, however, that he was unable to get this webcam to work with Windows 7 software. The Microsoft LifeCam VX 7000 also sports certain features that only mesh with Windows Live Messenger, which makes it a poor choice for those who prefer using Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, or any other instant messenger service.

This webcam offers easy setup and strong noise-cancelling, two attributes that work in its favor. If it weren't for the high price and lesser quality of the visual/video feature, we would recommend the Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000. But sitting at the higher end of the Cheapism niche for webcams, combined with poor performance reviews, make this one a "don't bother."

Maralyn Edid

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