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I've never spent £30 on a webcam before. I normally go for £10 smartprice version, but as I needed a microphone and the only ones in stock either locked awful or cost over £20 I bit the bullet and went with my flexible friend.
The webcam takes still photos at 1-point-something megapixels (1280x960). Acceptable to print at a normal photo size at a push and video at VGA (640×480). It has auto focus and a microphone both perform admirably. The end result of these dull mumbling is that as a webcam it works very well, the people at the other end of the call see and hear you clearly.
Set up of the device is simple enough, if you have the CD, insert that and wait for it to ask you to plug in the device and it is all done. If you don't plug in the device and Windows will ask the internet for what it needs. Either way a quick, painless process on both Vista and Windows 7.
Beyond that of a good quality webcam it sports three additional features. The lest important of which is the button which starts up Microsoft Live Messenger. Or in my case starts the installer for Microsoft Live Messenger when ever I move the camera. As the button can not be reprogrammed and I have no wish to use Live Messenger this feature is more an irritation to me.
The base of camera is a flexible bit of plastic, allowing the camera to be used either on an LCD monitor with the flex bit as a hook onto the back of the monitor or on the desktop by making an S shape. The head twists independently from the tail. This works well enough, but I find it hard to position it well, and end up fiddling it a fair bit, hitting the button mentioned above. I expected this to break after a short amount of fiddling but it has remained firm.
The last is the software, this allows a number of funky effects to be applied. As the software support face detection it can superimpose a hat or silly hair or it can enlarge facial features such as eyes (giving you a weird Manga look) or mouth. Fun but I do miss the simpler effects of cheaper devices such as a snow fall or pixelated screen.
Overall this is an great little device. Small, attractive (as much as a webcam can be) and good quality video. What more can you ask for?
Well i recently bought this and recieved this product. I was expecting it to be towards more of a bargain value as ai recieved it for about 25 dollars us, so the expectations were not very high to begin with, but boy was i wrong. This camera is very good i find that the picture quality is very good without much lag or anything. The peopel on the other side of the cyber world agree with me and say they can see me and understand me clearly if i video call. The stand for this cam is amazing it easily clips to my computer or it can stand by itsself on the desk making it very easy to get the perfect postioning. This camera was well worth the price, and i highly reccomend it to anyone who is looking for a good cheap camera that will work solid i have only used it on windows live messenger but i imagine it will work well for all programs.
The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 features Windows Live compatibility, world class VGA optics, superior low-light performance and a fun flexible design. Share more experiences with family and friends.
|Product Description:||Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 - web camera|
|Device Type:||Web camera|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||4.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 10.2 cm|
|Localisation:||English, German, French, Dutch, Greek|
|Optical Sensor Type:||CMOS|
|Focus Adjustment:||(min distance 50 cm )|
|Audio Support:||Yes : built-in microphone|
|Features:||Adaptive lighting, Skype compatible, automatic face tracking technology|
|Cables Included:||1 x USB cable - integrated - 1.8 m|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Environmental Parameters (operating):||0 °C - 40 °C ; 5 - 80% relative humidity|