PROS / Mics on both sides of the camera make for dynamic and lifelike audio.
CONS / Recorded audio tended to sound a little muffled.
VERDICT / The Logitech offers the best of everything. It shoots and streams in 1080p at 30 fps, it records dynamic stereo audio and it can even produce stills at up to 15 megapixels. Features like tripod compatibility, motion detection and face tracking help make this our top choice.
There are many web cameras on the market today that boast the ability to shoot full 1080p HD video. While this is technically true, many such models can only shoot or stream in 1080p at the cost of a lowered framerate. This means the footage they produce will be high resolution, but the video will appear jerky or sluggish.
What really sets the HD Pro C920 apart is its ability to shoot and stream 1080p video with no framerate reduction. In addition to this distinction, this webcam offers better audio, more features and a smarter design than almost anything else we tested. For these reasons, the Logitech HD Pro C920 is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner.
The HD Pro C920 produces some of the best video quality available in a webcam. Although many cameras can shoot in 1080p, none of the others we reviewed can shoot at such a high resolution while also retaining a 30 fps framerate.
This means the video you capture or stream will be clear and detailed as well as fluid and lifelike. Although not all video chat services currently support chatting in 1080p at 30 frames per second, the latest version of Skype does, and as it becomes available in others, you’ll be ready to take advantage. There’s certainly no downside to having the increased functionality.
This PC camera is also able to produce high resolution still images. The HD Pro boasts the highest megapixel count of any camera in our review at 15 megapixels. Like most webcams, it achieves this through interpolation – a process by which the camera uses algorithms that add pixels to artificially enlarge an image. Although you’re not going to achieve the level of quality you would when shooting at 15 megapixels natively, it’s pretty good for a webcam.
In addition to surpassing our other test cameras when it comes to specs, the HD Pro also outperformed its competition. In our tests we looked for sharpness, distortion, color accuracy and low-light performance. Unsurprisingly, this cam excelled in each of these areas and rendered the best footage in our comparison.
Audio is also very important when you’re looking at a webcam. Lifelike, high-quality video really works best when it’s accompanied by equally high-end audio. That’s why the HD Pro is fitted with two microphones, one on each side of the camera. In our tests, we found the stereo audio produced by this camera to be full and natural for the most part, although it tended to sound slightly muffled sometimes.
Focus type is another way that webcams can be differentiated. Typically, there are three types: auto, manual and fixed focus. Fixed focus means the area the camera is focused on is predetermined and cannot be adjusted. Manual focus means that the user must adjust the camera until the subject is in focus. Autofocus, the type found in the HD Pro, means the camera senses and adjusts focus on the fly, so you never have to worry about it.
Built-in face tracking technology helps the HD Pro with autofocus but it also helps with exposure and white balance settings. Most webcams will adjust exposure and white balance based on information from the entire scene. Since the HD Pro can track your face, it has a little advantage when it comes to presenting you in the best light.
Digital zoom isn’t an overly important feature for webcams. Most of the time the camera is going to be right in front of you and easily moved if you’d prefer it closer or further away, which would achieve better results than a digital zoom anyway. If you do need the extra capability, however, the HD Pro offers up to 4x digital zoom.
The Logitech has one of the nicer designs in our comparison. Not only is it sturdy and good looking – it’s also functional. It can be used alone, simply placed on desk, mounted on your monitor for easy video chatting or attached to a tripod for a little more versatility.
In addition to this, it features a glass Car Zeiss lens. This is probably the highest quality lens of any camera that we’ve reviewed. And considering this is the surface through which all the light must pass, that’s a pretty big deal for image quality. Some of the other cameras we tested feature plastic lenses, which not only effects image quality, but durability.
Help & Support
As one of the best webcam companies out there, Logitech offers great support for its products. The C920 comes with a two-year warranty, so you can be confident that your webcam is protected. If you are having trouble, you can look on the Logitech website's FAQs section or download a new user manual. You can also ask other users for help in the forums. If you need personal help, customer support representatives are available by email and telephone.
The Logitech HD Pro C920 is the best camera we tested in pretty much every way. It offers the best video and audio quality, the most features, the most useful design and some of the best support in the industry. This webcam consistently delivers appealing results, although you do pay for the extra performance. However, if you want top-notch image quality, tripod compatibility and face tracking, this device is your best option.