Microsoft HD-5000 Webcam For Mac : 720p AutoFocus Web Camera Review

Wondering if Microsoft webcams are compatible with Mac? Many more recent models are. If you're in the market for an external USB webcam that's been tested on a Mac computer system running OSX, the Mac compatible Microsoft HD-5000 LifeCam might be a good camera choice for your favorite Apple internet video conferencing app or for recording video clips for uploading to YouTube, for use in iMovie projects, or other online video services.

Mac Compatible LifeCam 5000

HD AutoFocus Camera W/Mic

Essential Microsoft LifeCam Camera Features

A 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 Cam

With 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-5000

The 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-5000

The 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-5000

With 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.