The Logitech C920 HD Pro is a design classic in the world of computing. While it's an older model now, it's still one of the best webcams you can buy, and will work perfectly for modern video conferencing and streaming. If you're looking for something that handles 60fps streams, it's probably time to step up to the C922, but that adds extra cost and isn't necessary unless you're recording for YouTube videos or other higher-quality video sites.
The Logitech C920 HD Pro is usually a cheaper option too, coming in around $60-70 throughout the year, and cheaper during sales events. It's simply designed, easy to set-up, and is compatible with most home computer set-ups. The downside is that the audio occasionally sounds muffled, and more modern webcams have improved in this respect, but it's by no means bad.
The Logitech C920 HD Pro produces some great quality video. Although many mid-range webcams work in 1080p, at 30 fps, we found the image on the C920 slightly above average, especially for the price. This means the video you capture or stream will be clear and detailed as well as fluid and lifelike. Most chat services support 720p and 1080p, and the C920 is perfect for these. While 4K chats are the future of conferencing, this won't be standard for years, and there’s certainly no downside to having a webcam that does 1080p for the foreseeable future.
This PC camera is also able to produce high-resolution still images. The HD Pro boasts a respectable megapixel count 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 still decent for a webcam. In our testing, we looked for image 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 of mid-range webcams.
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 at times.
Focus type is another way that webcams can be differentiated. Typically, there are three types: auto, manual and fixed focus. Autofocus, the type found in the HD Pro, means the camera automatically adjusts focus on the fly, so you’ll never have to worry about it.
Built-in face tracking technology helps the HD Pro with autofocus as well as 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 slight advantage when it comes to presenting your face in the best light.
Digital zoom isn’t an overly important feature for webcams. Statistically, most of the time the camera is in use, you’ll be right in front of the computer, though it can easily be moved if you prefer it closer or farther away. If you do need extra flexibility here, the HD Pro offers up to 4x digital zoom.
The Logitech unit has one of the nicer designs of any in our comparison. Not only is it sturdy and good looking, it’s also functional. It can be used a variety of ways, like handheld, placed on a desk, mounted on your monitor or even attached to a tripod for more versatility.
In addition to this, it features a glass Carl Zeiss lens. This is one of the highest quality lens of any webcam that we reviewed. And considering this is the surface through which all 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 also durability.
As one of the best tech peripheral companies out there, Logitech unsurprisingly offers excellent support for its products. The C920 comes with a two-year warranty, so you can be confident that your webcam is protected. If you’re having an issue with it, you can peruse the various informational resources available on Logitech’s website, such as the FAQs section, or you can download an up-to-date user manual. You can even ask other users for help in the community user forums. If you want to talk to a support rep directly, you can do so via email or phone.
The Logitech C920 HD Pro is older, sure, but is still one of the best computer cameras we tested in pretty much every way. It offers great video and audio quality, loads of features, the most useful design and some of the best support in the industry.