Logitech C920 Pro Webcam

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Logitech has been designing peripherals to help others enjoy a better experience since 1981. They started with the mouse and reinvented it several times over the years. They have since expanded into other devices like webcams. I will be looking at the C920 webcam from Logitech, and is labeled as one of the first webcams to support 1080p for video calling. Webcams can also be an important part of your gaming setup; Just as much as a game controller nowadays. Live streaming has become extremely popular making a webcam a welcomed device for more than video chatting. Let’s see if this webcam can handle streaming video, audio, and the quality it claims.

  • System Requirements

    • Compatible with:
    • Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later
    • Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode:
    • Mac OS 10.6 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video-calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player)
      Chrome OS™
      Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video-calling clients)
    • USB port
      Internet connection
  • Warranty Information

    2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

  • Package Contents

      • Webcam with 6-foot cable
      • User documentation
  • Technical Specifications

    • – Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows
      – 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients
      – Full HD video recording (up to 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, LCD or monitors
    • Logitech webcam software for Windows: – Pan, tilt, and zoom controls
      – Video and photo capture
      – Face tracking
      – Motion detection
    • Requires installation of software available for download at www.logitech.com/downloads
  • Part Number

    • PN 960-000764

Shipping

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The packaging is nicely labeled with Skype 1080p on the front as well as the devices built in features like dual stereo mics. I like how the back goes into a bit more detail about the features and focuses on all the important aspects of the product. The packaging allows you to see the webcam before you even open the box, and it feels a bit heavy giving the webcam a feel of something that seems to be quality built.

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The accessories include:

  • C920 pro webcam
  • Instruction booklet

The instruction booklet really only shows basic information, and also tells the installer where to download the latest software. The manual isn’t totally useless because it does explain that you can use this with most monitors, and can be used with a tripod stand. The tripod stand must be purchased separately.

Design

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The C920 is designed with a Carl Zeiss lens that is advertised to handle full 1080p resolution. It also has two built-in microphones for stereo sound and a very sturdy base that can be used to mount on the top of a monitor, laptop, or a tripod. On top of all the impressive hardware, Logitech also has software suites that can be downloaded to use with your webcam. With all the features and software you get this makes the C920 a compelling option.

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The C920 does not come with a tripod so there really is no physical installation that needs to take place. What you do need to do is figure out where you want to place the webcam and then allow the weighted base to keep the C920 flush against your monitor or laptop. I ended up having no issues on my monitor which is an Asus VG248QE. The USB cable is 6ft in length, so be aware of this when trying to plan out your webcam arrangement.

Testing

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To first utilize your C920 Pro you will want to download the latest software bundles on Logitech’s website. There are two types of software you can download; They have the webcam software and the gaming software.

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In order to tell if your webcam is active, the C920 Pro will have a blue ring on each side to indicate it’s on. You can use the basic webcam software to take stills, record video, adjust contrast, zoom, and viewing adjustments . Thier is also a reel below to allow quick viewing of your content. The software also has easy tools to share your videos online to popular streaming services like YouTube. Another neat feature built into the software is the Motion Video capture ability. This feature is great for using the webcam as a security camera. The motion feature allows the webcam to detect motion and then record video when it detects movement. You can tell the software where to save all your photos and video to a specific location. This is useful for someone who wants to use a specific drive or location to store all your data.

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The gaming software to me is more useful when you have other Logitech products. This software allows you to create custom keys and shortcuts for your other peripherals for the webcam, adjust viewing adjustments, and zoom. You can use this software to launch the webcam with specific games or programs, but it does install gaming software with it called OverWolf that is just terrible.

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OverWolf is an overlay program that runs in the background similar to what steam does and allows you to launch a browser and chat with friends. OverWolf takes this a step further with the ability to install additional apps and skins. The software must add each game from the launcher and be supported to even have it work correctly. I found the software “OverLoaded”; Yes that was a reference to the title! Some games crash while others were buggy and slow. The overlay on the desktop feels fluid but once you launch a game it feels slow. The software gets worse with the addition of multiple apps, skins, and settings. You can uninstall this after setting up the Logitech Gaming Software if you prefer.

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The HD glass lens is a “five-element glass lens” that captures really clear images. More elements generally mean greater correction for distortion and other effects. The autofocus is really smooth and gives consistent HD quality. The picture was captured above with the C920, and you can see that I was automatically descended into a strange world. The camera quality takes 15MP snapshots and offers an automatic light correction.

The above video will give you a quick indication of what kind of quality you can expect from both audio and video during streaming sessions. What better way to show this off than with a short clip of HearthStone! This camera was designed to stream effectively with great resolution and audio. It offers HD 1080P video using H.264 with advanced compression technology. H.264 is a video standard that is used for recording, compression, and distribution fo video content. The C920 also has stereo audio using two microphones. One on each side of the webcam allows for capturing natural audio for your enjoyment.

The video above allows you to see that there is no lag or stutter during heavy gameplay while streaming. I prefer Geforce Experience for my recording software, but there are tons to choose from. Geforce Experience is primarily a Nvidia software designed for Nvidia GPUs.

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The Skype tests were fantastic. The C920 allows full HD 1080p video which makes using services like this even better. The audio was also very clear with the stereo mics. You can use the C920 to make high-quality video calls with other software like Google hangouts and Facebook Messenger as well.  This is advertised to be the first webcam to support 1080p over skype and does not disappoint!

Conclusion

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There are a few cons with the C920. The regular webcam software is required to make the webcam even work; The driver is built in. After that, you can just not run it if you prefer. I also would have preferred at this price point to allow the blue colored rings to change color with the Gaming Software. Most of Logitech’s peripherals can change their lighting right from this software.

Being awarded the first webcam to support 1080p streaming though is definitely a title to hold. This makes the C920 a very compelling option among webcams and definitely worth it at this price point. The 15MP camera and dual stereo mics make this an even greater value add. Logitech definitely created a heavyweight contender in the webcam space with the C920,  and with the additional software and features, This makes this an impressive option. I definitely recommend the C920 and it can be found on Logitech store right now for $99.99.

 

 

 

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Logitech C920 Pro Webcam

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