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Microsoft LifeCam VX-800

We have collected and analyzed 2 expert reviews and 486 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 50/100 and users rate it 84/100. The average review date is May 17, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 143198 reviews from other Webcams. The alaScore™ for this product is 77/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-800


alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The price is also appreciated.

price, usability

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 Webcam - BlackMicrosoft LifeCam VX-800 Webcam - Black

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-800


alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 user reviews of Microsoft LifeCam VX-800 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 720p HD Webcam - BlackMicrosoft LifeCam HD-5000 720p HD Webcam - Black

Dec, 2018

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Works, but lags


no driver software, you could consider this a con or a pro

Cheap, Works

Lags alot whenever i move

Dec, 2012

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No software


I wish I could return this, really thought I could just go to microsofts site and download something to use my webcam outside of msn/skype/etc. The only reason I bought it was for taking pictures that would be easier to get on my computer than my...

The quality isn't awful, its just fine for the price. It doesn't get too blurry with fast motions

The mounting sucks, it doesn't really attach, just kinda loosely hangs on top of your monitor and will fall off a lot. ZERO software!! There's no way to just turn your webcam on by yourself to take pictures with it or anything at all. You have to...

Dec, 2012

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Great for Skype / G+ / Jabber


These little cameras are inexpensive and get the job done. They have a low profile and mount on monitors easily. The video quality is good for the price, just don't expect the world from a sub 20 dollar camera

none. remember you get what you pay for

Nov, 2012

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Perfect for Skype


Easy set up and quality output.

Oct, 2012

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Very nice product


This was easy to set up and the picture is clear and sharp. I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to my friends.

Apr, 2012

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Easy to use and setup


This camera works 10x better than any built in camera. Pictures, audio and video are very clear and the software that comes with it is fun. My only reserves are the price(but it is worth the money) and it does focus every 10 seconds if you keep moving...

Feb, 2012

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Great Webcam


Clear picture, small in size, big on performance

Feb, 2012

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Works great but where's the software?


Solid device for the price. I'd buy this again, for sure. It only gets 4/5 stars because there was no software included. Windows 7 found the device right away.

Great little webcam with built-in microphone. I have used this to Skype and it worked flawlessly. It has the ability to rest on top of almost any surface

No software included, so I had to download freeware to test. Also, the mounting of this device is chinsy and most likely will fall or get knocked over

Dec, 2011

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Great deal!


This webcam is a great deal for the money. Works great!

Sep, 2011

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Worked as advertised


There was an initial issue with getting sound to work with my 5.1 set up. Once I got that solved, its worked like a charm.

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications

Whether it's moving to a new town, a kid going off to college, or the arrival of a new baby, Webcam video calling offers an ideal way to stay close to the ones you love, no matter where life takes them. And with a Microsoft LifeCam, starting a video calling is as simple as pressing the Windows Live Call Button. LifeCams are optimized for use with Windows Live Messenger, which makes it incredibly easy to share your life's experiences. Microsoft LifeCams make it effortless to stay in touch with friends and family who live far away - or across town - with crystal clear video calling.


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


Built-in flash: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Cable Length:59.1 / 60
Color of product:Black / Black, White / White
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
LED Indicators: Yes
Mounting type:Clip/Stand / Stand
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft LifeCam


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Other Features

Cable type:USB
Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP (SP2) / Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP / Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2 / Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP
Depth (imperial):2.05
Height (imperial):2.46
Mac compatibility: No
Manual focus: No
Microphone included: Yes
Minimum system requirements:2MB VRAM / USB 1.1\nWindows Live Messenger\nMicrosoft Office Communicator\nYahoo Messenger\nAOL Instant Messenger\nSkype
Night vision: No
Power over Ethernet (PoE): No
Power Source:DC
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes
Wi-Fi: No
Width (imperial):2.06

Packaging Data

Desktop stand: Yes
Headset included: No
Laptop clamp: Yes
Manual: Yes


Auto focus:No / Yes
Diagonal field of view:59
Focus adjustment:Manual
Full HD: No
Maximum frame rate:15 / 30
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40 / 0 - 60
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40 / 0 - 60
Photo feature:No / Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Snapshot button: No
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60
Viewing angle, horizontal:59
Viewing angle, vertical:59
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes
Zoom capability: No

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows XP SP2 / Microsoft Windows Vista

Video Input

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.06 / 2.46
Weight:2.24 / 2.42
Width:2.05 / 2.06