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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1240 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the size and reliability are overall positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


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 products in the same category on Opinions about the design and reliability are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000 - BlueMicrosoft LifeCam VX 5000 - Blue

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


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 products in the same category on People really like the size and reliability. The design and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Blue)Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 (Blue)

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : John Brandon (

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.

Audio quality for video chats was just passable. As long as you're sitting at your computer, your buddies can at least hear you talking. Because of the small microphone, if you move too far from the webcam, the audio goes silent faster than with other...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 review: Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000


Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000

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

Expert review by (

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 : Ardjuna Seghers (

Microsoft LifeCam VX 5000


A bendy, twisty little webcam that covers the basics without breaking the bank.

remarkable. There are two solid ends, in between which is a flexible section that can be twisted into almost any shape, and the whole thing is coated in lovely soft-feel rubber. This, combined with the horizontally-swivelling head, makes the LifeCam...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 webcam


Microsoft have been fairly consistent with their hardware accessories of late, producing peripherals that are well built is not terribly exciting in terms of design. The LifeCam VX-5000 follows that trend. But is this a webcam you should consider?...

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


Built-in flash:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Cable Length:70.9 / 72
Color of product:Black / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Red
Interface:USB / USB 1.1 / USB 2.0
Sensor Type:CMOS

Dimensions & Weight



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

Other Features

Camera focusing range:0.5 - 1.5m / 21 - 60
Color: Yes
Compatible operating systems:- Windows / -Windows Live Messenger\n-Windows Live\n-AOL Instant Messenger\n-Yahoo! Messenger\n-Microsoft Office Communicator\n-Skype\n / 3 Year Warranty / Microsoft Windows Vista/XP (SP2) / Microsoft XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP2) / Windows 7/Vista/XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows Vista, WindowsXP / Windows XP (SP2),\nWindows Vista / Windows XP SP2+\nWindows Vista\nWindows 7 / Windows XP SP2\nWindows Vista\nWindows 7 / WindowsXP / Vista
Depth (imperial):1.77
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.77 x 1.77 x 4.02 / 1.77 x 4.02 x 1.8
Focus:0.5 - 1.5 m
Height (imperial):4.01
I/O ports:- USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 recommended)
Internet connection required: Yes
Mac compatibility: No
Minimum hard disk space:1024 / 1250 / 150 / 200 / 400
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4 (1.8 GHz) / Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz / Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz / Intel Pentium 4, 3 GHz / Pentium 4 / Pentium Dual-Core 1.8 GHz
Minimum RAM:1024 / 200 / 250 / 256
Minimum system requirements:Windows XP (SP2): Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz, 256MB RAM, 400–1250 MB HDD;\nWindows Vista: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 200-600 MB HDD. / Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later: Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz (Pentium 4.3 or higher recommended), 256MB of RAM (500MB recommended) \nWindows Vista: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (Pentium Dual-Core 1.8 GHz or higher recommended), 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
Optical drive required: Yes
Quantity per box:80
Special Features:ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FCC, UL & cUL, ICES-003, CE, Safety and EMC, GOST, TUV-T, VCCI, ACA/MED, MIC, WEEE, EIP, CB
Technical features:Windows Live, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Microsoft Office Communicator, Skype
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes
Width (imperial):1.77


Digital Zoom:3 / 4
Full HD: No
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 960 / 640 x 480
Normal focusing range:0.5 - 1.5
Operating relative humidity (H-H):-5 - 80 / 5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:-5 - 80 / 5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Photo feature: Yes
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@30fps
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65 / 5 - 80
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60 / -40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60 / -40 - 65
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.77 / 4.02
Height:1.77 / 1.8 / 4.02