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.

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NX Series

NX-6000

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

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

ModelReleasedLife Call Button Rated ActuationsField of ViewVideo ResolutionImage SensorBuilt in MicrophoneRemarks
NX-3000 [1] 2007 Sept [2] 5,00055° Diagonal640 x 480 (0.3MP)0.3MP

1.3MP Interpolated

YesFace-tracking, digital pan, tilt, and 3x zoom

are not available for 640 x 480 video capture.

NX-6000 [3] 2006 Sept [4] 10,00071° Diagonal1600 x 1190 (2.0MP)CMOS 2.0MP

7.6MP Interpolated

YesFace-tracking, digital pan, tilt, and 3x zoom

are not available for 640 x 480 video capture.

VX Series

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LifeCam VX-3000

History

The VX series of Microsoft LifeCam was first debuted on 13 June 2006 [5] , and 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 is designed for desktop uses, as it uses a base for attaching to a desktop monitor. All webcams of this series interfaces via USB.

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LifeCam VX-1000

Specifications

ModelReleasedVideo ResolutionImage SensorBuilt in MicrophoneRemarks
VX-5002008 May [6] 640 x 4800.3 MPNo
VX-7002008 Aug [7] 640 x 4800.3 MPYesSeems to be available in selected markets only.
VX-800 [8] Japan - 2009 Sept [9]

Spain - 2009 Oct [10]

International - 2011 [11] [12]

640 x 4800.3 MPYesPart Number JSD-00007,

was released in 2011, while

JSD-00014 was released a year later.

VX-1000 [13] 2006 Sept [14] 640 x 4800.3 MPYesUniversal attachment base
VX-20002009 May [15] 640 x 4801.3 MPYes
VX-30002006 June [5] 640 x 4801.3 MPYesAutomatic face tracking software

Universal attachment base

Pan, tilt and zoom

VX-5000 [16] 2008 May [6] 640 x 4801.3 MPYesFlexible Stand

Available in three colour variants:

  • Fire Red
  • Cool Blue
  • Lucky Green
VX-55002008 Sept [17] 640 x 4801.3 MPYesSwappable plastic front covers

(in white, blue and red)

VX-6000 [18] 2006 June [5] 1280 x 10241.3 MP

(5.0MP Interpolated)

YesWide-angle lens

Automatic face tracking software

Universal attachment base

Pan, tilt and zoom

VX-70002007 Sept [2] 1600 x 12002.0 MP

(7.6 MP Interpolated)

Yes

HD Models

HD-3000

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LifeCam HD-5000

HD-5000

HD-5001

HD-6000

Newer Models

Show

Cinema

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LifeCam Cinema

Studio

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