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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

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A Camera for Video Chat On the Computer

Stay sharp with Auto Focus. Share your life in detail, and record your favorite moments in 720p HD widescreen with the LifeCam HD-5000, featuring new TrueColor technology. Optimized for Windows Live and Windows 7, the LifeCam HD-5000 also works with … see full wiki

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1 review about Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

A Good Video Chat Camera for the Price

  • Sep 23, 2010
Rating:
+4
This camera is very easy to install on a Windows-based computer, as it is a Microsoft product. Therefore, the installation disk wasn't necessary and the system recognized the device when I inserted the wire into the USB port. The driver was installed fairly quickly and the camera was ready to use.

The installation software was automatically pulled from Microsoft's web-site and launched quickly. The only thing I needed to do was click yes on the agreement. I did not try to install this on my MAC as it already has a built in camera so I am not sure how easy the installation would be for that device.

The LifeCam software was ready to use but it did not install a desk ICON so it needed to be launched from the Start menu. The camera itself is black which matched the color of my system (my other Windows computer is silver). The camera itself attaches to the top of the screen using a bendible strip for the back of the screen and a tab to hold the front of the screen. My only complaint with this is that my screen is round in the back (my other screen is straight in the back) so the bendible strip could not get a snug fit with the tab. This is readily fixed with a small piece of two-sided tape. Once mounted the camera looks good with the screen.

The picture quality of the camera is above average and it is able to let you view video on the screen with no time lag. The quality of the picture camera is ok for this type of device, almost as good as the cameras on the new smart phones.

Overall, a good buy for the money.

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