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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB

alaTest has collected and analyzed 521 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and design. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 70 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Web Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

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reliability

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 (New Packaging)

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Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 - Web camera - colour - Hi-Speed USB from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Webcams on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, reliability, design, size

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 720p HD Webcam

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 is the desktop version of the LifeCam HD-6000 laptop Webcam, with minor differences that account for the lower price tag. At $50, the true 720p high-def video and 16:9 wide-screen formatting are a guaranteed upgrade from...

720p HD video quality at 30 frames per second, flexible base sits firmly on hard surfaces; inexpensive; LifeCam desktop software offers fun 3D video effects.

Jumpy auto-focus during video recording; CPU hog at higher resolutions; incompatible with Mac OS;

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Web camera offers excellent high-def video and sound quality at an affordable price. Despite using a good deal of system resources at higher resolutions, it's certainly an improvement over stock Webcams. We recommend it to...

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

With High Definition being all the rage recently it's no surprise that there is a demand for high definition webcams. Microsoft released their LifeCam Cinema with a 720p resolution last fall, they now carry four different models with HD capability's....

It's no doubt that this is an improvement over the last webcam we had a chance to check out. The high resolution is supported by the built in auto focus to give a near perfect picture all of the time. My only complaints are the microphone picking up...

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

In December 2009 (page 30), I declared Microsoft's LifeCam Cinema the best Web cam I'd used in years based on its excellent clarity, color accuracy, low-light adjustments, and brightness. Not much has changed with Microsoft's new LifeCam HD-5000,...

To test TrueColor, I put the HD-5000 in several light-challenged settings, including under a desk, in an unlit room, and outdoors on a sunny deck. In darker settings, the camera took longer to auto focus but not enough to be distracting. Focus and...

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 is sleek black with a chrome accent and an unusual rubber clip. This could be moulded to fit the back of a laptop screen...

Captures video up to 1280x720 pixels and 30 frames per second (fps) or still images at a resolution of 4Mp

Bright lighting will result in 'light-flare

Ideal for families, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 ensures PC users can capture good quality HD video, while also having some fun with the images and video they shoot.

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcam

 

A webcam for life?

Good picture quality, easy set-up, portable

To sum up then, the Microsoft LifeCam is a smart little device, delivering decent video along with some easy to use and fun features. Its portable nature and sturdy (despite the all plastic build) design also gives it an added edge. However, it's not...

To sum up then, the Microsoft LifeCam is a smart little device, delivering decent video along with some easy to use and fun features. Its portable nature and sturdy (despite the all plastic build) design also gives it an added edge. However, it's not...

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 review

 

Measuring just 41x109x50mm, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 is one of the smallest webcams we've reviewed.

Ideal for families, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 ensures PC users can capture good quality HD video, while also having some fun with the images and video they shoot.

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 web camera offers excellent high-def video and sound quality at an affordable price. Despite using a good deal of system resources at higher resolutions, it's certainly an improvement over stock webcams.

720p HD video quality at 30 frames per second ; Flexible base sits firmly on hard surfaces ; Inexpensive ; LifeCam desktop software offers fun 3D video effects

Jumpy autofocus during video recording ; CPU hog at higher resolutions ; Incompatible with Mac OS

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Microsoft Lifecam HD-5000

 

Chat online in high definition – but there's a catch As the name suggests, the Microsoft Lifecam HD-5000 is a webcam that can capture high-definition video, at the 720p resolution. It’s small ...

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A HD Webcam - the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 : Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

 

Adding video capturing and communication facilities to your computer is the task of a webcam such as a high definition device from Microsoft.

On the right side of the screen is a fly-out panel for selecting from various effects and making changes to the default settings. Numerous effects, represented by thumbnail images, are available for selection. However in most cases there are rather...

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"I LOVE it!"

 

The quality, the auto focus, the size, how well it stays on my monitor...just EVERYTHING!

DO NOT HAVE BACKLIGHT! The webcam doesn't work at all if you have any lights behind you. Just keep it away from direct light. Indirect is obviously fine.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes

Connectivity

Firewire: No
Network Interface:Not Applicable
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

Chip Type:CMOS
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:Webcams
Zoom Type:Digital
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