While there are numerous webcams on the market today that boast the ability to shoot full 1080p HD video, 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 Logitech’s HD Pro C920 apart is its ability to shoot and stream 1080p video with a framerate of 30 fps 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 webcams work in 1080p, few 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 fps, the latest version of Skype does, and as it becomes more common in other chat clients, 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 still decent for a webcam.
In addition to surpassing the other units we tested when it comes to specs, the HD Pro also outperformed its competition. In our test, 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.
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.
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In addition to this, it features a glass Car Zeiss lens. This is probably the highest quality lens of any camera 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 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.