Most of the cameras in our best webcams are just that - webcams first and foremost. The Logitech Streamcam is more of a hybrid between the traditional, old school webcam and the modern phenomenon of streaming. Make no mistake though, the Logitech Streamcam is an absolute beast of a webcam if you’re looking for a premium product.
After all, the only real difference between streaming and video calling is the size of your audience, so all of the streaming focused features in the Logitech Streamcam only serve to improve your video calling experience, even if you never end up becoming a Twitch streaming sensation.
Logitech Streamcam review: Design and features
So, what makes the Logitech Streamcam so special then? For starters, there’s the camera itself which is a Full HD camera that supports 1080p video streaming and recording at a full 60 frames per second (FPS). Most models will give you one or the other - you can either stream at full HD, or you can stream at 60 FPS, not both. That alone helps the Logitech Streamcam stand above the competition in our eyes, though we’d expect it to for the price (more on that later.)
The design itself is very stylish, with a fabric cover surrounding the glass lens on the front of the camera. This reminds us of the styling on Amazon Echo devices, creating a cosier, more homely feel to what could otherwise have been another cold-looking piece of technology sat on your desk. The Logitech Streamcam comes in two colors, White (with a grey fabric front) and Graphite, which is a very dark grey.
Logitech Streamcam review: Performance
The Streamcam performs exceptionally well when it comes to image quality, thanks to its HD camera which records at a buttery smooth 60 FPS. This means that your video stream will look smoother and more natural than if you were using a 30 FPS camera like the Logitech C922.
You also get some intelligent features like smart auto-focus and automatic exposure adjustments, which uses AI-enhanced facial tracking to keep your image in focus and perfectly lit as you move around during the stream or call.
The Logitech Streamcam comes with a built-in, front-facing dual microphone which means you can use the webcam for video calls without buying an extra microphone or headset. Our colleagues over at PC Gamer described the built-in mic as “serviceable”, which is their polite way of saying it’s fine for video calls and Zoom meetings, but you should probably invest in a professional microphone if you’re looking to get into streaming.
You also get a dedicated streaming software package in the form of Logitech Capture 2.0. This software works on both PCs and Macs and lets you do a whole host of things, including adding image filters over your camera feed. You can also do more boring, but ultimately useful things like altering the white balance and face tracking software to improve your image quality.
Logitech Streamcam review: Price and warranty
The Logitech Stremacam has an MSRP of $169.99. This puts it in a significantly higher price bracket than most other 1080p webcams on the market, including the Razer Kiyo and Logitech C922 Pro Stream. The key difference here though, is that the Logitech Streamcam is the only 1080p camera in our guide that can record and stream at 1080p and 60 FPS. The Logitech Streamcam comes with a one-year limited hardware warranty.
It’s tough to justify the cost for a 1080p camera though. For only $30 more, you could pick up a 4K webcam like the Logitech Brio Ultra HD webcam.
Logitech Streamcam review: User reviews
Users on Amazon were impressed with the Logitech Streamcam for the most part, with an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. 50% of reviews awarded the Logitech Streamcam a full 5 star rating. Users praised the Streamcam’s image and lighting quality, while also noting that it was easy to set up.
It wasn’t all praise though, as some users thought that the Streamcam was overpriced, especially for a 1080p resolution camera. Others criticized the USB-C connector, stating that they needed to buy an adapter to plug the Streamcam into their computer. This is a fair complaint, as most home computers and laptops don’t have a USB-C port.
Should you buy the Logitech Streamcam?
The Logitech Streamcam is a great webcam if you’re going to be making use of it as both a streaming camera and a traditional webcam, but it’s hard to justify the extra cost over something like the Logitech C922 if you just need something for video calls. If you’re willing to spend just a little more money, you could snag a 4K webcam and dramatically improve your video quality.