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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 467 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The value for money and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews 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 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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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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"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.

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""an absolute piece of crap" -absolutly agree!!!"

 

DON'T TOUCH !

NO!!!!!!!!!

autofocus is terrible! Software is buggy & nonuseful ! Wite balance -is yellow balance :)

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It is a great webcam, but quality is not HD

 

All in all, I think this is a great webcam but could be a little more improved to produce actual HD quality.

I think This Webcam is pretty good, although I did have issues with the blurryness, but I was able to fix it by going to the focus and taking it off auto, but the quality is not HD. But it is great for video chatting uses though

I do have a hard time keeping it on my moniter, but not much of a drawback though

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"an absolute piece of crap"

 

Avoid this model at all costs. Really Microsoft, you should be completely ashamed of yourselves for producing this ridiculously useless piece of equipment. Once you've missed the opportunity to record they don;t come back. Terrible piece of low quality...

I've had it for months. I consider it a positive development when it records at all. Any kind of picture quality is a bonus.

Autofocus is terrible. Skype partners ask what's wrong with my camera that it kept going out of focus. I hit record and 25% of the time it records nothing at all! You have to tell it: "Yeah, I really meant for you to record, do it."

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"It is a great webcam, but quality is not HD"

 

All in all, I think this is a great webcam but could be a little more improved to produce actual HD quality.

I think This Webcam is pretty good, although I did have issues with the blurryness, but I was able to fix it by going to the focus and taking it off auto, but the quality is not HD. But it is great for video chatting uses though.

I do have a hard time keeping it on my moniter, but not much of a drawback though.

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Can't autofocus. Avoid at all costs.

 

Look elsewhere. This webcam may as well be fixed-focus, as Microsoft never has been able to control the autofocus correctly -- even after numerous updates. They seem to be giving up, as the HD-6000 is now out, and I believe that is fixed-focus.

Fairly crisp image. Nice colors. Average microphone

Not the best in low-light, but not awful. My older VX-5000 has a better mic. Can't even make use of the Truecolor software because I must manually turn off the autofocus to make this webcam usable

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Buggy autofocus. Compatible with nothing useful.

 

I picked up the HD-5000 because I needed a good camera for classroom demonstrations and for teaching art on BlogTV. I could have lived with the annoying autofocus problem by disabling the autofocus, but there was still the compatibility issue....

Nice picture if you disable the autofocus. Decent audio

Blurs and refocuses every 10-15 seconds. Does not record audio when used with Webcammax. Incompatible with BlogTV. Cannot choose audio source within the Lifecam appication

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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