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Written by Kevin Karlin - Edited by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Webcam E4C-00001
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Lifecam VX 5500
Lifecam VX 5500 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Lifecam VX 5500 Features

In addition to the features you would expect to be incorporated into any webcam, the VX 5500 boasts many with an obvious focus on simplifying your use and enjoyment of it. Notably that list includes:

  • Interchangeable faceplates
  • World Class VGA Optics
  • Optimized for Windows Live
  • Photo Swap
  • LifeCam Dashboard
  • Noise Cancelling Microphone
  • One Touch Video Calls
  • One Touch Blogging To Live Spaces

In case you weren't paying attention, that list is dominated by the words "One Touch" and references to Microsofts "Live" suite. While this webcam can be used by any software that recognizes webcams, Microsoft has gone to great lengths to tightly integrate it with their Live suite of products offering maximum efficiency and ease of use for that platform. Surprisingly the feature that most differentiates this product is somewhat under-played in their marketing materials - "Versatility & Mobility - Compatible with both PC or laptop; imminently mobile-folds flat to go with you whenever, and wherever, you want to use it-carrying case included." We'll see if that assessment holds true or if it was understated for a reason.

E4C-00001 Specifications

While exchangeable faceplates and imminent mobility may be nice to have, they don't help you have a stutter free video conference or clearer audio, so let's take a look at the product specs to see how things stack up.

Imaging Features


VGA CMOS sensor technology


  • Motion Video: 640X480 pixel resolution
  • Still Image: 1.3 megapixel interpolated

Field of View

55° diagonal field of view

Imaging Features

  • Digital pan, digital tilt, vertical tilt, and swivel pan, and 4x digital zoom
  • Fixed focus from 0.5 m to 1.5m
  • Automatic image adjustment with manual override

Product Feature Performance

Audio Features

Integrated microphone and noise cancellation

Microphone technology

Unidirectional noise cancelling microphone

Mounting Features

Desktop display mounting hardware

Storage Temperature & Humidity

-40 °F (-40 °C) to 140 °F (60 °C) at <5% to 65% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Operating Temperature & Humidity

32° F (0° C) to 104 °F (40 °C) at <5% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Let's be clear this web cam offers fairly run of the mill specs. Where I hope it shines is in the packaging (no I don't mean the box it came in) and useability in the form of extremely tight integration with LiveMessenger.


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