Webcam issues


  • I want to develop a couple of applications in Windows 8 that make use of an attached webcam.  I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Build 8250) and Visual Studio 11 Beta.

    My webcam is a Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 and has been installed with a Win7 x64 driver.  It shows up in the Device Manager with no problems.  The software that comes with the webcam works without a problem but when I use the Win8 charms bar and select 'Devices' I do not see it.  Also if I run the camera app it doesn't seem to find my webcam and all functionality is disabled.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem?

    Is there something I'm missing?

    Does anyone know if the webcam support not complete in this version of the consumer preview?

    I've spent quite a few hours trying to get it to work with no success, and any help would be appreciated.  I would've thought that as the webcam is a Microsoft model, I would stand more chance than others.

    Thanks in advance,


    Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:51 PM


All replies

  • Silverdex,

    I will look into this for you.

    Best Wishes - Eric

    Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:07 PM
  • Silverdex,

    The following LifeCams should work with the inbox UVC drivers in Windows 8:

    LifeCam Studio
    LifeCam Cinema
    LifeCam HD-3000
    LifeCam HD-5000
    LifeCam HD-5001
    LifeCam HD-6000 for Notebooks

    LifeCam Show
    LifeCam NX-3000
    LifeCam NX-6000
    LifeCam VX-2000
    LifeCam VX-5000
    LifeCam VX-5500
    LifeCam VX-7000

    LifeCam VX-700
    LifeCam VX-800

    The following cameras may lack Win 8 Metro style app support:

    LifeCam VX-1000

    LifeCam VX-3000

    LifeCam VX-6000

    Best Wishes - Eric

    Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:12 AM
  • Strange that ms states that the camera is supported on windows 8 while here you state the camera isn't supported.

    The following cameras may lack Win 8 Metro style app support:

    LifeCam VX-3000

    Friday, July 6, 2012 7:52 PM
  • The LifeCam VX-3000 should work in Windows 8 for the desktop.  However it will not work in Metro style apps.  Could you post the link to the other statement?

    Best Wishes - Eric

    Friday, July 6, 2012 7:57 PM
  • Is there a particular reason why the VX 3000 won't work?  is there something special about the cam that makes it and the "Modern" apps not play nice?

    Monday, October 29, 2012 10:32 PM
  • Ray,

    The VX 3000 is not UVC compliant.

    Best Wishes - Eric

    Monday, October 29, 2012 10:36 PM
  • I have a Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 Webcam and its not compatible with my Windows 8 please help me :(
    Sunday, December 30, 2012 2:16 AM