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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

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  • Pros:

    • Attractive design
    • Decent image quality
    • Streamlined software

    Cons:

    • Primitive special effects
    • Doesn’t adjust well to changes in brightness

    13 years ago
  • Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 WebCam

    Pros:
    + Small Size
    + Moldable base that can be placed almost anywhere on a desk
    + 1.3 Mega Pixel camera and VGA (640x480) video recording
    + Excellent picture quality and color accuracy in video chat
    + Low video and image noise in all areas
    + Simple to use LifeCam software

    Cons:
    - Highly compressed photos at 1.3 mega pixels and fairly compressed video
    - 640x480 video runs at 15fps
    - LifeCam software wasn't particularly configurable

    • Presentation: 9.00
    • Appearance: 9.50
    • Construction: 9.25
    • Functionality: 8.25
    • Value: 9.00

    13 years ago
  • Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 webcam

    Plus

    • Size
    • Good build quality
    • Indicator light

    Minus

    • Stand not great for laptops
    • Struggles with bright light and contrasty scenes

    Conclusion It is a compact and smart looking little webcam that copes well with the demands of general webcam usage, from recording short internet videos, to chatting on Skype. Problems with the quality are pretty common to webcams and things are not so different here. But sadly we cannot recommend this for those on the move because of the frustrations with getting it stable on the lid of a notebook. It is fine if you are happy to have it on a desk, but if you want it at eyeline then things are not as stable as we’d like them to be.