Review: Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam – A Near-Perfect Webcam
I’ve been pretty slack these past few years, using an outdated webcam. As I’m going to be streaming video games on Twitch in the near future, I knew deep down that I was in desperate need of an upgrade. I asked a number of Twitch streamers that I know what webcam they recommend and they all recommended the exact same webcam: the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam. I’ve managed to secure one for this review, and I can honestly say I had no idea that webcams could be this good.
- High-definition video chat – 1080p video chat on Skype, or in 720p fo FaceTime on Mac. If you use video chat software, you’ll be able to do so in high-definition.
- Full HD 1080p recording – H.264 compression allows for full high-definition video recording.
- Stereo audio – With two microphones either side of the webcam, you are able to record stereo voiceovers, as well as experience stereo chat.
- Full HD glass lens – The C920’s lens is made of glass, partnering with the webcam’s autofocus to provide clarity.
- Automatic light correction – no need to fidle around with the webcam’s settings or the amount of light in the room.
- 6 foot cable
- Full HD 1080p video calling (1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype
- 720p HD video calling (1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients
- Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- H.264 video compression
- Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction
- Automatic low-light correction
- Tripod-ready universal clip fits laptops, LDC or monitors
- Compatible with Logitech webcam software for Windows
Settting up the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam is a cinch – simply place it where you want it (I recommend using the universal clip or a tripod) and plug it into an available USB port – that’s it! I would recommend downloading Logitech’s gaming software in case you like to fine tune the webcam before and during use, though for the majority of webcam software you should be fine with default settings thanks to some of the automatic settings.
When the front of your webcam is made of glass, you can’t have it falling off the monitor and becoming damaged. One of the earliest webcams I owned was the Logitech C250, which had an extremely cheap arm that simply couldn’t hold onto any monitor I used it with. Eventually I gave up and awkwardly balanced the webcam atop my monitor when I intended to use it. Sure, Logitech have come a long way since the C250, but you can’t blame me for being cautious when it came to the C920’s mounting capabilities.
Thankfully, the C920’s universal clip works perfectly. The webcam itself is surprisingly weighty, though it feels reliable and sturdy. Since setting up the C920, it hasn’t moved a millimetre, which is fantastic.
I tested the C920 with a variety of programs, including Windows 10’s Camera app and Skype, as well as livestreaming programs Xsplit Broadcaster and Open Broadcast Software (OBS). The picture remained clear and crisp on each and every single one, which is partially in thanks to the C920’s glass lens. I’ve used cheap webcams in the past, and many of them featured a small, round plastic lens, which was difficult to keep clean. The C920 on the other hand, is a breeze to keep clean and features a very pleasing wide field of view.
It would be a disservice at this point to not mention the fact that the C920 is able to be used with a tripod, which is handy for a number of reasons. I haven’t used any other webcam that has been able to be used with a tripod, and considering the C920 is able to record at 1080p and 30fps on PCs (720p 30fps for Mac), it can be used for much more than video calls.
If the webcam has one weakness, it’s absolutely its microphone. It’s not a bad microphone, don’t get me wrong, but when comparing the audio and visual performances offered by the C920, the audio comes up short. Vloggers, Twitch streamers, YouTubers and other content creators would be best advised to pick up an additional microphone, whether it’s a desktop microphone or part of a headset. If you’re simply wanting clear video and serviceable audio for video calls, the C920 has got you covered.
The C920 uses Logitech’s Webcam Software, though the software was unfortunately very buggy for me when I tried to use it. It frequently crashed and stopped responding, so I stopped trying to use it. Instead, I used Logitech’s Gaming Software, which is compatible with the webcam. The Gaming Software enables users to enable face tracking, auto focus and tweak the camera’s various picture settings. There are times where the software is a little trigger happy with its auto focus, which is fine for video calling and conferencing, but I would recommend switching the option off if you are a vlogger or content creator.
Ultimately, the Logitech C920 is one of the best webcams money can buy, and perfect for video calls, as well as vloggers, Twitch streamers and YouTubers. It’s sturdy, able to be used with a tripod, and has fantastic picture quality. Well worth checking out.
|A Near-Perfect Webcam|
|Ultimately, the Logitech C920 is one of the best webcams money can buy, and perfect for video calls, as well as vloggers, Twitch streamers and YouTubers. It's sturdy, able to be used with a tripod, and has fantastic picture quality. Well worth checking out.||4.5 4.5 ( on 1 rating)|