One of the more interesting technologies that has been around for quite some time is that of Web Cams. I personally had a web camera several years ago but the technology just has not been there to make it worthwhile to use for video conferencing or anything other then letting people watch you type on your computer. Well Microsoft is hoping to change that with some of there latest products one in which we are checking out today which is the Microsoft LifeCam VX6000 which tries to bring the technology of there camera with there Windows Live messaging service. So do the two live in perfect harmony or are there problems in paradise? Read our full review to find out!
- High Definition Video and Photos: High Definition video (1.3 megapixels) and photos (5.0 megapixels interpolated) show you in the best light.
- Built-in Microphone: The built-in microphone automatically picks up your voice with remarkable clarity.
- Windows Live Call Button: Just press this button and select an Online Contact to start a video call.
- Wide-angle Lens: The 71 degree wide angle lens ensures no one gets left out of the picture.
- Universal Attachment Base: It’s a snap to attach the LifeCam to any monitor.
- 3X Digital Zoom: The zoom delivers realistic, up-close-and-personal video, so you can see the contours of every smile.
- Automatic Face-Tracking Software*Move around without disappearing from the screen—advanced software keeps your face front and center.
- Video Effects: Surprise your friends with cool video effects, accessible right from the Windows Live Messenger Window.
- Up To 30 Frames Per Second: Life: Cams capture life at 30 frames per second, which means the video images you see are smooth and seamless.
Although some may think that the design of a Web Camera may not be all that important, you would actually be surprised at how far web cameras have come over the years. The LifeCam VX6000 has a very slick silver look that many of Microsoft’s hardware products have adopted. The camera is actually quite small and uses the really nice Universal Attachment that makes it easy to clamp to any monitor. This has been a problem for many of the webcams in the past and makes this webcam useful even on a laptop. The design is extremely well made and the cord is also long enough to make for a pc that might not be right next to the web cam.
So to test out the Microsoft LifeCam VX6000 I basically used this camera for the purpose it was intended to be used for which is video conferencing through Microsoft Live. Now of course you can use the camera to take pictures and do other sort of features but the main use of this camera is for video conferencing. So for the last month, month and a half I have been using this camera almost on a day to day occurrence conferencing with friends and business associates.
One of the big technologies that I really liked with the VX6000 is the Automatic Face Tracking software which really helps the quality of the feed stay at a high quality. Basically the idea behind the technology is that it allows you to move around a bit without the other end having to look at an empty screen. Now this doesn’t mean the camera will follow you out of the room but it will follow you through some slight motions which is really a great new technology and a great selling point for me with this camera. I just didn’t feel “as tied down” as I had with previous webcams.
Another feature is the top button on the camera which is basically like a call button to start video conferencing via Microsoft Live messaging service. When using this service you also can use there custom video effects which really are just one of those things that are kind of “cutesy” but don’t really add much to the video conferencing experience. The camera however with or without the video effects works extremely well. The high quality of the video output is actually really good and if you have a good internet connection then you will find some great results.
After so much testing I have to say I found the end results with the camera to be superb. But then again you have to realize that you are paying for all the big list of features that comes with the camera. I have to say that one of the things that was impressive with this camera was the software that came with it which although isn’t the deepest peace of software really allows you to get the best out of your camera.
I used this camera for a good deal of time and I have to say that the LifeCam VX6000 is just one of the best high quality web cams out on the market. For the asked retail price I have to say it does feel a bit steep for a web camera but for those who want to do some serious web camera video conferencing with a good list of features then the VX6000 is a fantastic option.
Originally Posted on Kunzo.com
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