Review of Linux Compatibility
The Microsoft LifeCam VX 5500 is a USB webcam and has the USB ID 045e:072d:
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 045e:072d Microsoft Corp.
The camera is fully and automatically supported by the kernel module uvcvideo, although not listed on the Uvcvideo homepage:
usb 2-1.7: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci_hcd usb 2-1.7: New USB device found, idVendor=045e, idProduct=072d usb 2-1.7: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0 usb 2-1.7: Product: Microsoft® LifeCam VX-5500 usb 2-1.7: Manufacturer: Microsoft mtp-probe: checking bus 2, device 5: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.7" mtp-probe: bus: 2, device: 5 was not an MTP device kernel: [ 901.690746] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Microsoft® LifeCam VX-5500 (045e:072d) kernel: [ 901.692781] input: Microsoft® LifeCam VX-5500 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.7/2-1.7:1.0/input/input18
creation date: 30/07/2013, last update: 06/12/2014 , Linux-Hardware-Guide