Reviews and Problems with Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000
28 December 2010
Conclusion: Microsoft has 10 unique webcams available as part of its ever-expanding LifeCam range, but few of them combine features, performance and price as well as the LifeCam HD-5000. Launched as one of the latest desktop cameras to tout high-definition video capture, the new addition to the LifeCam range provides a 720p HD sensor with auto focus, Microsoft TrueColor Technology, 4x digital zoom and an integrated noise-canceling microphone.
Excerpt: 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 or monitor and also allowed the lens to be tilted up or down.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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
Cons: Jumpy autofocus during video recording, CPU hog at higher resolutions, Incompatible with Mac OS
Conclusion: Microsoft latest camera doesn’t offer new technologies compared to the other LifeCam series, but it still is a great webcam to have especially if you are looking for an HD webcam to chat. The price is also affordable, which makes the HD-5000 attractive. The rubber clip is quite flexible, allowing you to easily attach the webcam on your monitor or be transformed to a sturdy stand, sitting nicely on your desk.
Excerpt: It was a stroke of luck that the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 dropped through onto the doormat of Pocket-lint Towers, just as the Chat Roulette phenomenon of 2010 was hitting the Internet. However our interest soon wore off as the fifth male member in a row graced our screen, and after a group counselling session we finally managed to turn our attention to the webcam itself.
Pros: Good picture quality, easy set-up, portable
Cons: Plastic, autofocus has life of its own, power hungry
Excerpt: V dnešní recenzi si představíme webovou kameru LifeCam HD-5000, která dle svého označení i ceny představuje střední třídu. Ty nejlepší dostupné modely of Microsoftu, tedy LifeCam Studio a Cinema, jsme v testu už měli, a tak přichází čas na HD-5000.