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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000
alaScore 82

1229 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1229 reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Webcams the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Webcams on Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The price and usability also get good feedback.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 662 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Webcams on Views about the size and reliability are overall positive. The design and price also get good reviews.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2016

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


Now that many, if not most, notebooks come with built-in webcams, standalone cameras might be a tough sell. They have to deliver both superior video quality and an attractive design. For a decent $49.95, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 offers smooth...

Aug, 2008

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


Decent video, a bright image, and reasonable cost make the LifeCam a solid webcam, especially if you use Windows Live Messenger, for which it has a couple of special features.

Bright and clear video feed. Very easy install. Cool rubber grip. Good bundled software.

A few minor crashes. A few features work only with Windows Live Messenger. Audio quality only passable.

This functional webcam makes video chats look bright and crisp, thanks to a new low-light sensor with an extra software program. Still, we had a few minor crashes.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Matt Elliott (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review:


The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 offers vastly superior performance and a much improved design compared with last year's LifeCam NX-3000 model. The VX-5000 features a square shaped camera body on top of a bendable, rubber stand, which makes it easy to...

Excellent image quality, especially in low light; flexible rubber stand provides a stable and versatile base.

LifeCam application is lackluster; not compatible with Macs.

Despite its uninspired software, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 proves its worth with outstanding image quality, a funky and useful design, and low price.

May, 2008

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Basic webcam


Reviewers agree that the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is the best budget webcam available for $40 or less, and recommend it for users who have older PCs with slower connections. Although it doesn't deliver image or sound quality that can match...

Good performance for the price, integrated microphone, flexible stand doubles as laptop clamp

Some complaints about bundled software

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Hardware Pacers (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is a great webcam with a range of video settings from 160 x 120 up to 640 x 420 resolution. The video and images recorded on this camera are of excellent quality even in low light situations. The videos that the...

Simple Install, Small and easy to position, User friendly


Sep, 2008

Expert review by: The HL Staff (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


Today HL looks at a mid-range WebCam from Microsoft, the LifeCam VX-5000. Read along to find out how it stacks up!

Aug, 2008

Golden Tachometer Award

Expert review by: Mat Thompson (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 WebCam


Digital video and digital photography have become inextricably entangled in the lives of people in the 21st century. Cameras are being inserted into everyday life wherever you turn. The webcam has become the least expensive option in participating on...

Small Size ; Moldable base that can be placed almost anywhere on a desk ; 1.3 Mega Pixel camera and VGA (640x480) video recording ; Excellent picture quality and color accuracy in video chat ; Low video and image noise in all areas ; Simple to use...

Highly compressed photos at 1.3 mega pixels and fairly compressed video ; 640x480 video runs at 15fps ; LifeCam software wasn't particularly configurable

The LifeCam's packaging was very nice but came with a rather spartan accompany of materials. However, Microsoft's software support was particularly good and the appropriate software, drivers and chat program were all terribly easy to find, install and...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: William Rodriguez (

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 Review


Is the LifeCam the webcam to end all webcams? I went into this review wondering what Microsoft would try to do to set its webcam apart from the countless others on the market.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Kenneth van Surksum (

Lifecam VX-5000


So, this is going to be my first hardware review forActivewin. I hope more will come. Gladly some fellow ActiveWin writers alreadydid a lot of reviews, so I have some reference material which I can use for myown review. If you have tips though which...

Compact Design ; Bendable Attachment ;

Some Software Features Don't Work or Don't Work as Expected ; No Integration with Other Online Services (Live Spaces Only)

I thinkthat the “estimated” price is a little too high compared to products from othercompanies, fortunately when searching for prices most of the online shops candeliver the webcam under the estimated street price. I also don’t quiteunderstand why the...

Expert review by: Chris Hall (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 webcam - Pocket-lint


Size, good build quality, indicator light

Stand not great for laptops, struggles with bright light and contrasty scenes

It is a compact and smart looking little webcam that copes well with the demands of general webcam usage, from recording short internet videos, to chatting on Skype. Problems with the quality are pretty common to webcams and things are not so different...

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

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.


Audio Support: Yes
Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480


Face Tracking: No
Integrated Microphone: Yes


Apple Lightning Connector: No
Firewire: No
Network Interface:Not Applicable
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


General Features

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


Country Kits:United States
Localization:Brazilian Portuguese / English / French / Spanish/English/Spanish / French / English / Brazilian Portuguese
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft LifeCam


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Video Input

Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:Hi-Speed USB