• HD widescreen 1080p camera sensor for video capture
• 720p HD video chat mode for a true HD-quality Skype experience
• Delivers superior image quality and sharpness
• Features a high-precision optical glass element lens
• Smooth and responsive Auto-Focus
• Microsoft's TrueColor technology automatically delivers accurate, bright video
• High-fidelity wide-band microphone -for natural, highly detailed audio capture
• UVC - USB Video Class Compliance for driver-free installation
• USB 2.0 port speed minimum, SuperSpeed USB 3.0- 3.1 compatible
• Standard camera tripod mount in webcam's flex-grip base
• Rotates 180 degrees side-to-side for versatile positioning
The cross-platform LifeCam Pro HD webcam for Macintosh or PC works out of the box with Apple's OSX 10.5+, Linux, and recent Windows 7 and higher operating systems. This video capture and chat cam represents Microsoft's premium, state-of-the-art web camera technology and rival's Logitech's comparable C920 and wide-angle C930e models - often at a lower price.
Don't be confused by offerings of both a 'Business' and 'Consumer' version: They're the SAME, identical camera packaged for different markets. Compare pricing between the two and you may be able to purchase this spectacular hi-definition premium MS webcam at a very reasonable price.
Essential Microsoft LifeCam Camera FeaturesA few particularly notable features of the UVC compliant Microsoft HD-5000 web camera for Mac includes assured compatibility with OS X version 10.5 or greater. You simply need plug it in to an available USB port. Apple’s OSX operating system includes low-level USB Video Class - UVC hardware drivers so that the web camera will be immediately recognized and ready to use by simply an open USB 3.0 or 2.0 port on a Mac desktop or laptop system. An LED indicator on the front lights when the camera is active. Although there's a still image capture button atop the camera body, it's non-functional on the Mac, use PhotoBooth or other app to nab still pictures.
Imaging Abilities Of The Microsoft HD-5000 CamWith a 5MP sensor the LifeCam 5000 is capable of capture of 720p high-def video depending on the speed of your Mac's CPU and the settings you choose in your video app. This is a full Auto-Focus webcam that can be slow and sluggish in low-light situations, but offers reasonably responsive focusing with decent lighting available. Clarity is excellent, and it should be noted Microsoft's TrueColor webcam technology is spot on - something that cannot be said of the off-color hues Apple's built-in iSight cameras are all too guilty of.
Audio Handling Abilities Of The Microsoft HD-5000The Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcam features a front-facing internal microphone of reasonably high quality which some find even better than the internal microphone that may built into your Mac desktop or laptop computer. For particular Mac desktop computers like a Mac mini or a Macintosh Pro, there is no microphone at all! Therefore, connecting a Microsoft HD-5000 webcam with it’s included USB microphone adds the ability to record audio as well, via just one USB device.
Additional Webcam Features Of The Microsoft HD-5000The Microsoft HD-5000 or Mac web camera mount clip includes a versatile, flexible clip to attach it to a MacBook display or to sit or mount atop a desktop computer monitor. A standard camera tripod mounting screw hole is NOT incorporated into the camera body, so this may not be the right choice if tripod use is critical to you. Like many webcam clips, this one is rubbery coated to grip better than smooth plastic ones do.
Affordability Of Microsoft HD-5000With a typical listed price of around $40 USD this 720p hi-def Apple-friendly Microsoft webcam is an easily affordable choice for nearly any budget, yet still offers a really exceptional web camera image for your online conferencing, Skype chats, and video recording sessions.
Noteworthy Webcam Features
Some of the particularly notable features of the Microsoft HD-3000 webcam for Mac include assured compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.X or greater. You simply need plug it in. Apple’s OSX includes basic UVC - USB Video Class hardware drivers so that the webcam will be immediately recognized by merely plugging it into any available USB SuperSpeed 3.0 or 2.03.0 port on the Mac laptop or desktop system.
The HD-3000 is a fixed-focus webcam for hassle-free sharpness at any range. What is notable about Microsoft's cameras is their excellent True-Color color-fidelity and light management.
Audio Handling Abilities Of The Microsoft HD-3000
The Microsoft HD-3000 webcam also includes a built-in microphone of reasonable sound quality that may be better than the internal mic in a Mac desktop or laptop computer. For particular Mac desktop computers such as a Macintosh Pro or Mac mini, there isn’t any microphone. So, adding a Microsoft HD-3000 webcam with it’s included microphone also yields the ability to record audio as well, via a single USB device.
Additional Webcam Features Of The Microsoft HD-3000
The Microsoft HD-3000 or Mac webcam mount apparatus is kind weird: A bendy-flexy-foldy 1-piece design with a stiff but rubbery texture to attach it to your MacBook display or atop a desktop computer monitor. Unfortunately it doesn't have a standard camera tripod mounting screw hole. If this otherwise impressive camera has a drawback, it's the 'iffy' design of the clip.
Cost Of Microsoft HD-3000
Commonly available at a typical selling price of around $30 USD this mid-range webcam from Microsoft is a reasonably affordable choice for practically any budget yet still offering an exceptional webcam online chat and video recording experience.