It might be getting on for nearly ten years old at this point, but if you’re in the market for a budget webcam then you’ll still struggle to find better than the Logitech HD C615. The Logitech HD C615 is a solid, compact webcam that offers a decent feature set and reasonable image quality for a bargain price.
The Logitech HD C615 has a video resolution of 1080p and can capture still images at 8-megapixels. It also features autofocus to make sure you’re not a blurry mess on the other person’s screen, and a glass lens for better image quality and durability.
Despite the age of this design and a few other niggling issues, we have to say that the Logitech HD C615 still edges its way onto our best webcams guide.
Logitech HD C615 review: Design & features
As we mentioned in the intro, the Logitech HD C615 has a 1080p HD video resolution which is the standard that we’d expect these days, but the devil is in the details here and you won’t actually always get 1080p. You see it can only record video at that resolution, but for live video calls and web conferences, it will downshift to 720p video.
No matter what resolution you’re at, you’re only going to get video recorded at 30 frames per second (FPS), which isn't too bad but won’t be as smooth as a 60 FPS or higher capable camera. For the price range though, you wouldn't expect much more and you're unlikely to find many other cameras within the same bracket that offer better performance.
Of course a webcam is more than just its camera lens, there’s also the microphone to consider. The Logitech HD C615’s in-built microphone is surprisingly good for a webcam in this price range. We were able to record crisp and clean audio that sometimes sounded better than more expensive webcams which offer dual-mic systems. The noise reduction also works great, keeping ambient noises down to a minimum.
Aside from a couple of small issues, the C615 has an excellent design. It’s foldable and compact which means you can take it out and about with you if your laptop doesn’t have a built-in webcam (though all the best laptops do these days). But this compact design also makes it easier to adjust and move around if you have it attached to your monitor on your home computer.
Logitech HD C615 review: Performance
The Logitech HD C615 offers autofocus to ensure that you’re sharp and in focus when you’re on film, whether that’s recording or streaming. There is face tracking to keep tabs on which part of the frame is most important. Between these two features, the C615 does a nice job of keeping your face in focus and adjusting the white balance and exposure automatically to present natural-looking skin tones. Some cameras can take a long time to get into focus, but we didn’t find that at all with the Logitech HD C615.
One feature that is notable by its absence is the lack of digital zoom. Digital zoom is when a camera focuses on a smaller area of the field of view and enlarges the image - the camera software uses some digital trickery to bring the apparent resolution of the image back up to the camera’s output resolution, so it’s not as blurry as just zooming in on the image yourself. It’s a shame not to see this relatively basic feature on the Logitech HD C615, but not a deal breaker.
Logitech HD C615 review: Price
The Logitech HD C615 has an MSRP of $69.99, which is relatively cheap for a webcam these days. It also comes with a two-year warranty to give you peace of mind with your purchase.
With that said, you can pick up the AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam Camera for the same price and it comes with full HD 1080p video call capabilities and is generally a more modern piece of kit, so the price here for the C615 might be on the steep side.
You should also consider that for just $30 more you can get a decent mid-range webcam like the Logitech C922 Pro Stream. But if you're really looking to keep the price down, the Logitech HD C615 is still a decent option.
Should you buy the Logitech HD C615?
Despite it being almost old enough to go attend junior high school, the Logitech HD C615 remains a decent option if you’re looking for a cheap, reliable webcam. It doesn’t push the boat out or come with any exciting features, but it does the job and it’s a well-built bit of kit from a brand that you can trust when it comes to webcams. If you can afford to spend a little more though, there are better options out there (and maybe even a few at the same price).