When people mention the word Microsoft it's often followed by "what a load of rubbish!" but i'm happy to say i'm pleased with this little camera.
It is basic and for the price you can't expect any different but it is great for anyone wanting to chat on camera especially children as it's not going to bankrupt you if it breaks. It comes with a built in flexible stand which means you can either stand it on it's own or lean it over a monitor.
Take a Picture:
Simple push the button on the top of the camera when viewing yourself with the included software
Turn the inner ring on the webcam which can be a little fiddly while your trying to view yourself at the same time
At 30 Frames per second it rarely suffers any lag (Slow down/jumping)
Comes with a built in microphone which is a good starting point but if you get serious about webcam/chatting your better off getting a separate one.
Included with the software are several effects which at the click of a button can be added into your video including black and white, negative and upside down.
Ease of setup:
Very easy just put the CD in follow the instructions and very quickly your done and ready to go.
There is a green light which comes on so you know when the webcam is on and you could be being viewed
A very good little camera for the price and i would defiantly buy one again if i could not afford a better one.
I bought this webcam over year ago when I had my oldest baby. My little sister moved to New York and was really upset that she would not be here for the birth and to see my little munchkin grow up so I thought it would be a great idea to get the webcam so that she could talk to us and see her neice on the screen.
I spent time shopping around. I was mainly led by price, as being on maternity pay means I am about as rich as Billy Mitchell on Eastenders. I also wanted good camera quality so that my sister could see the munchkin clearly. I found a few webcams in Argos starting at £5 however I felt uneasy as I thought I would be sacrificing quality for the price. I eventually found this camera and loved the spec however it was slightly out of my budget. I then found it cheaper on Amazon; I paid around £15.
I like the webcam as it is small and discreet. My computer table is fairly small and it manages to sit just infront of the screen. The lead is fairly long so I am able to move the camera when the munchkin is running around, so that my sister can keep up with her. You are able to twist the lens which adjusts the focus of the picture. You can also tilt it up and down, which I find myself doing a lot to switch between my sister talking to the munchkin running around on the floor and me sitting higher on the chair. It has a button on top which when pressed, takes you to "send an instant message" on MSN, which is brilliant for me.
My favourite feature of the camera is the special effects. It has numerous effects that change my face when I talk to my sister. They include making your eyes closer together, increasing the size of your mouth, decreasing the size of your head, black and white, masks and hats. They are quite funny.
I also believe it was quick and easy to set up as my husband did it in less than 10 minutes.
I've had the Microsoft Life Cam VX-1000 for about 3 years now. I got it free when setting up my student account with Natwest (Don't worry this wasn't the main reason why I signed up with them!). I knew this wasn't going to be the best webcam on earth but I already had a distinctly average webcam at the time so I at least had something to compare it to
The webcam is current available for £8.65 on Amazon. Its original price was £25 which demonstrates this was a fairly decent product when it came out. With the progress of laptops I know built in webcams have become quite popular but there is definitely still a market for external webcams.
The Lifecam is nice and easy to set up. It comes packaged with a CD for the drivers/software to get it working. Just plug the webcam into a USB port and put the CD in and away you go. The software should be installed and ready to use in a matter of minutes. The program itself is also very straight forward. It's very easy to take pictures and record your own videos. It nicely syncs with your Documents folder and anything you want to keep is easy to find. This might sound all very normal for a webcam however my previous one had very complicated software making it a hassle to save photos and record videos. It's an absolute breeze here
The Lifecam is useable with all the common messenger programs. I've used it several times with MSN messenger with no problems at all. I've also used it a few times with Skype. The Lifecam has a built in microphone which makes it very handy for video calls. It saves you having to buy a headset if you're a regular skype user.
The webcam has a clever base which can rotate and clip onto the top of laptops/monitors (Or external hard drives in my case!). I regular move between university and home and take this with me; not once have I had a problem with setting it up each time. Some webcams can be very awkward but that isn't the case here. Having moved it about several times you might expect some small damage but that isn't the case. I admittedly don't give it much care when I throw it into a box and so far after 3 years it's shown no sign of wear and tear. The webcam itself all in black looks pretty cool next to your laptop. It looks a little bit basic but it will fit well on any desk
So it all seems good for the Lifecam but I've left the most important area till last; its image quality. The quality of the pictures/videos for the Lifecam is good but nothing special. Pictures are clear but could be better. Any pictures taken will be of a decent quality as long as you're not moving. The video quality is also a similar situation. Recording videos offline are pretty good to be honest. Only very rapid movements will be blurry which is to be expected of a webcam of this price. Using the webcam in a messenger naturally reduces the video quality as it relies on a good internet connection however I've used it several times through MSN and the quality on screen has been good. I've also had no problems with the microphone. It records any sounds clearly (Apart from music) and transmits your voice well across messenger programs.
Currently you can buy an improved version of the VX-1000 called the 64L-0002. This version costs £32 and is supposed to offer better quality videos and photos. Having used the Lifecam it's definitely possible to improve its quality so for the those who are less fussed about price and more concerned about quality then I'd recommend opting for the 64L. However the standard VX-1000 is by no means a poor quality webcam. My previous one (Afraid I don't know what it was) was much worse than this for photos and videos. This brings the review to a close. If you want a decent quality webcam without all the fuss for a good price the VX-1000 is perfect for you
The Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000 is a handy little webcam available for less than £20 in most high streets, or for less money online.
Pleasing for a cheap webcam. Refresh rate is quite good and anyone i've ever talked to says the quality of the picture is clear, with good white balance and lighting, even in low light conditions.
Yet to have any trouble. Does occassionally appear tempermental when plugging it in while already on msn. This can lead to a crash. Other than that, no problems.
EASE OF USE
Like all webcams, comes with an installation CD. This is quite easy to complete and within no time at all you should be ready to use this webcam on msn, or skype. It is connected by USB cable and is automatically detected the any computer.
Good - both in terms of physical features and software ones. Physical features include the standard green light to let you know when it's on, a very useful stand which rests just about anywhere, a focusing ring around the camera, and a sturdy but small shell, meaning it is hard to smash. There is also a mechanism for tilting it up and down, as well as a button for starting a video call - although i've not so far found the practical use of this.
Software features include the ability to change a range of picture settings, so that you can get the exact type of colour, focus, or effect that you want. There are a number of novelty features that you can superimpose onto the picture. But most importantly, all the basic settings (and more) are present.
I received this webcam when I opened my bank account and I was delighted to see it in a shop for £20. Apparently now it can be bought for £14.95 from John Lewis. The only downfall I can see with getting the webcam with my bank account is that I didn't browse webcams before deciding on this one, however the webcam hasn't disappointed me.
The webcam is sturdy in the two years I have had it I have had no problems. It rests well on its base and the camera can swivel around from right to left and up and down so you will always find a way for it to point at you. The base also folds out, I have used this to attached the webcam onto my laptop when I have not been near a hard surface to put it on. The camera can also be focused from around the lens, which twists until you get the right focus. There is also a built in microphone so there is no need to buy one separate.
It comes with the software you need and includes extras in order to play with effects (such as cartoon drawings). You can also take pictures and record videos with this software.
As long as you make sure the webcam is focused properly the video quality is great. My previous webcam was much worse than this and although I have seen better I do think that this quality is great. The images are clear and works well in good light. I have no negative opinions on the quality of the video.
The webcam is easy to use. You just need to insert it into your USB drive and within seconds you are able to use it. It works with most programmes (including Windows Live Messenger) and I have had no problems getting it to work anywhere. I can't forsee people having any issues using this product.
My overall opinion is mainly positive. The webcam has served me great justice the past two and a half years and doesn't show any sign of stopping anytime soon. The video quality is great compared to other webcams, so while it may not provide excellent image quality if you are taking pictures with the software it serves its purpose as a webcam. The lighting can be a little dark but I haven't found this to be too much of a problem, especially in msn where you can alter the webcam effects. I would say my only critism of the webcam is the focus, it is quite loose and when moving it about (i.e. in a bag) then you will most likely have to readjust it. However I don't think this is a major critism and it is easy to live with. Other than this I have had no other negative experiences with this product or its software.
This webcam is a great piece of equipment and it is quite cheap for the quality it produces. There may be better quality webcams out there but mostly are more expensive. I would buy this webcam if I hadn't received it for free. However this was over 2 years ago so there may be better products out there now. I would say that even in these two years it is still considered a good piece of equipment so I don't think it is a real issue unless you must have the up-to-date version. It is good quality for a good price.
As with so many things that I don't *need* but would just like, the main thing I go on is price - which is why I purchased this webcam. A bit of research led me to the VX-1000 as it was a good quality camera at a very reasonable price. The main reason I bought it was for use with Skype, but as with most webcams it will work with near enough any application - I only have experience of using it on MSN and Skype.
The camera feels as if it is good quality, I've had it for a while now and even being slung about in my laptop case it's survived the abuse. It sits sturdily on top of my monitor thanks to a little hook that detaches from the bottom. The circular lens rotates which acts as a focus adjustment, this is pretty handy. It has a built in microphone which was a big bonus, this works relatively well and I have used it for making regular telephone calls using skype as well.
It comes with software which you don't have to install, basic users may automatically do this. It doesn't have any real impact, the software gives you the option to have some 'effects' when using your camera with MSN. When I say effects, I mean you can have a cartoon spider dropping down or cartoon snow falling - I'm sure it would be useful somehow!
The video quality itself is very good. This is my second webcam and it's worlds better than my last, but I think it was bought in the 1980's. Overall it performs well and does the job, all at a very reasonable price!
The one and only gripe I have, is that when the webcam is on an application is started which runs in the system tray. If for any reason skype or MSN freezes and you have to close it, the application thinks the webcam is still running. The only way to resolve this is to restart your PC! Not a major issue, but it can be frustrating.
Im not a gadget queen and never know which is best to buy and after I decided to buy this one I was more than happy with my purchase.
Its not expensive I paid about 35pounds for mine and that was a few years ago so probably will be able to get it cheaper now.
It's been a few years and it still works perfectly, I love the fact that the plastic bends on the bottom so you can fit it to any size monitor, yes I am easily pleased!
I like to use mine chatting to friends on msn and there is a button just on the top of the cam to get it connected to msn which is an added bonus.
my best feature on this webcam is you can have little animation pictures on while on webcam its made a few people laugh and made me look like a crazy loon but it was all in the name of fun.
I would defiantly buy from Microsoft again as this was an affordable little gadget.
After deciding that I wanted a decent webcam in order to chat to family and friends online (who happen to be scattered all over the world these days), I made a special trip to my local PC World store to see what webcams were available for a decent price.
Seeing the words 'Microsoft' in the title of this product, I immediately expected good quality, and this was totally fulfilled. As a bonus, it was also on offer at the time and I got it for a very good (and cheap) price - excellent being a poor uni student!
As soon as I got home, I couldn't wait to try it out and get started - after plugging in the webcam via USB, it was pretty simple to install via a CD (a programme is installed on your desktop which makes tasks such as taking pictures, recording audio or recording videos and an absolute doddle!)
It is very good quality and works well with video conferencing (MSN etc), and the way it fits onto the monitor (LCD or CRT) is so useful that it avoids the frustration of having to mess around with it constantly! The microphone is also very good and clear, I haven't had a problem with any audio or imaging since the day I bought it. I should also mention here that the webcam is also rather hardy - I have dropped it on the floor several occasions, and it still works perfectly...its a good job really. Whoops!
Well, how can I end this review? Lets just say that I have managed to convince my parents to buy it, and now they love being able to chat to me as well as well as being able to chat to their grandchildren! I have also managed to get my sister to buy one, so its fair to say that there are many fans of this product. An excellent buy if you're wanting to buy a decent quality webcam for a reseaonable price :o)