LifeCam

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The LifeCam is a lineup of webcams from Microsoft for home PC users available in various series and models. One of the exclusive features include the integration with Windows Live Messenger, by having a Windows Live Call button that can be used to easily initiate a video call. These webcams are designed for both laptops and desktops.

NX Series[edit]

NX-6000[edit]

There is a known problem for this particular unit. Several laptops have their wireless antenna placed along the top of the laptop display. Clipping the microphone to a laptop display like this may cause interference with the microphone, resulting in a great deal of static.[citation needed]

Specifications[edit]

All webcams of the NX series are designed for notebooks and interfaces via USB 2.0.

Model Released Life Call Button Rated Actuations Field of View Video Resolution Image Sensor Built in Microphone Remarks
NX-3000[1] 2007 Sept[2] 5,000 55° Diagonal 640 x 480 (0.3MP) 0.3MP

1.3MP Interpolated

Yes Face-tracking, digital pan, tilt, and 3x zoom

are not available for 640 x 480 video capture.

NX-6000[3] 2006 Sept[4] 10,000 71° Diagonal 1600 x 1190 (2.0MP) CMOS 2.0MP

7.6MP Interpolated

Yes Face-tracking, digital pan, tilt, and 3x zoom

are not available for 640 x 480 video capture.

VX Series[edit]

LifeCam VX-3000

History[edit]

The VX series of Microsoft LifeCam first debuted on 13 June 2006[5], and were available for sale in August of 2006 as Microsoft's first entry into selling webcams, with only two models, the VX-3000 and VX-6000.

These models both feature a similar round body design, with a round base, known as the Universal Attachment Base.

The entire series was designed for desktop use, as it used a base for attaching it to a desktop monitor. All webcams of this series interface via USB.

LifeCam VX-1000

Specifications[edit]

Model Released Video Resolution Image Sensor Built in Microphone Remarks
VX-500 2008 May[6] 640 x 480 0.3 MP No
VX-700 2008 Aug[7] 640 x 480 0.3 MP Yes Seems to be available in selected markets only.
VX-800[8] Japan - 2009 Sept[9]

Spain - 2009 Oct[10]

International - 2011[11][12]

640 x 480 0.3 MP Yes Part Number JSD-00007,

was released in 2011, while

JSD-00014 was released a year later.

VX-1000[13] 2006 Sept[14] 640 x 480 0.3 MP Yes Universal attachment base
VX-2000 2009 May[15] 640 x 480 1.3 MP Yes
VX-3000 2006 June[5] 640 x 480 1.3 MP Yes Automatic face tracking software

Universal attachment base

Pan, tilt and zoom

VX-5000[16] 2008 May[6] 640 x 480 1.3 MP Yes Flexible Stand

Available in three colour variants:

  • Fire Red
  • Cool Blue
  • Lucky Green
VX-5500 2008 Sept[17] 640 x 480 1.3 MP Yes Swappable plastic front covers

(in white, blue and red)

VX-6000[18] 2006 June[5] 1280 x 1024 1.3 MP

(5.0MP Interpolated)

Yes Wide-angle lens

Automatic face tracking software

Universal attachment base

Pan, tilt and zoom

VX-7000 2007 Sept[2] 1600 x 1200 2.0 MP

(7.6 MP Interpolated)

Yes

HD Models[edit]

HD-3000[edit]

LifeCam HD-5000

HD-5000[edit]

HD-5001[edit]

HD-6000[edit]

  • CMOS Sensor
  • 1280x720 Motion Video, 30 FPS (16:9)
  • 1280x800 Still Image
  • 66-degree field of view
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus

Newer Models[edit]

Show[edit]

  • 2.0 megapixel sensor
  • 8.0 megapixel still images (interpolated)
  • 21-60" focused depth of field (fixed focus)
  • 71-degree wide angle lens
  • Comes with many attachments: Magnet disc, clip, and its own stand—it can be used on both desktop and laptop computers.

Cinema[edit]

LifeCam Cinema
  • 720p 16:9 1/4" OmniVision OV9712 Sensor [19]
  • 5.0 megapixel still images (interpolated)
  • Autofocus
  • Built-in microphone
  • 73,5-degree wide angle glass lens [20]
  • 4"-∞ depth of field (autofocus)

Studio[edit]

  • 1080p 16:9 Sensor [21]
  • 8.0 megapixel still images (interpolated)
  • Autofocus
  • Built-in microphone
  • 75-degree wide angle glass lens [22]
  • Tripod thread

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Microsoft Internet Communications – LifeCam NX-3000". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. ^ a b "Microsoft Hardware Kicks Off 25th Year with Pioneering New LifeCams and Notebook Mice". Microsoft. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ "Microsoft Internet Communications – LifeCam NX-6000". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. ^ "Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Has 2-megapixel Video Resolution". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  5. ^ a b c "Microsoft Hardware Advances Digital Communications Experiences: First webcams from Microsoft make seeing, hearing and sharing a breeze". Microsoft. 2006-06-13. Archived from the original on 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  6. ^ a b "New Microsoft LifeCam Bends Over Backward for You". Microsoft. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  7. ^ Dubey, Krati (2008-08-28). "Microsoft LifeCam VX-700 Webcam Launched in India". TechShout. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  8. ^ "LifeCam VX-800 Technical Data Sheet" (PDF). web.archive.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  9. ^ "マイクロソフト、厚さ13mmのBluetooth対応モバイルキーボードとウェブカメラなど発売". CNET Japan (in Japanese). 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  10. ^ Penalva, Javier (2009-10-17). "LifeCam VX-800 de Microsoft, sencilla y asequible". Xataka (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  11. ^ There is no known official press release by Microsoft for this product. This approximation for international sales is done by factoring first archive date of US website, and Amazon's first availability date of 5 Apr 2011.
  12. ^ "Microsoft Webcam: LifeCam VX-800". Microsoft. 2011-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  13. ^ "LifeCam VX-1000". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  14. ^ "Microsoft Expands Digital Communications Line With Notebook LifeCam Featuring Industry's Highest Video and Still Resolution". Microsoft. 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  15. ^ "Microsoft LifeCam VX-2000: Share Life at a Price That's Right". Microsoft. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  16. ^ "LifeCam VX-5000". Microsoft. 2010-02-03. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  17. ^ "Microsoft's Latest LifeCams Bring Life to Video Calls With Versatile New Designs". Microsoft. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  18. ^ "LifeCam VX-6000". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  19. ^ OmniVision Brings True 720p HD Video to Microsoft's New Flagship Webcam, Press Release from 5. October 2009
  20. ^ Technical Data Sheet for Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
  21. ^ Presentation of the Microsoft LifeCam Studio
  22. ^ Technical Data Sheet for Microsoft LifeCam Studio

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