The Logitech HD C615 isn't the newest webcam nor is it the most powerful one, but it comes from a brand that makes well-built systems and as such is a bargain for the price. Not only is it cheap, it's also portable and durable, making it a great option for using on the move where it may get thrown in a bag or potentially lost.
The downside is you're limited to 720p quality for streaming, though it can record at 1080p still. Either way, with the Logitech lenses and software smarts behind that, you will likely find it's far better quality than a built-in computer webcam of the same resolution.
So while this might not be the best-looking webcam design, nor does it offer all the bells and whistles that the competition does, it's still a great choice if you’re on a budget that gets the job done well. If this isn’t the right choice for you, check out our guide to the best webcams out there.
Logitech HD C615: Design and 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: 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: 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?
The Logitech HD C615 is a great cheap option that still manages 1080p video recording while remaining portable and durable. You're limited to 720p streaming and the design is a bit outdated, but for the price this really does offer a lot.
If this product isn't for you
For the very best resolution, the Logitech Brio Ultra HD Webcam stands out thanks to a 4K UHD sensor which is ideal for blowing up video feeds on large screens without listing any quality at all. The camera itself is built to a high standard and looks as well as performs professionally. Features like autofocus, digital zoom and smart light-adjusting software all make this ideally suited to all environments. They also add up to make this a more expensive option.
The Razer Kiyo is a more expensive webcam but it justifies the price with a super smooth quality 1080p and 60fps video result. Thanks to auto adjustments for lighting – even in low light – and HDR functionality, the quality is premium. It's also built to work well across software from video calling to live streaming on Twitch. Multiple field of view choices is another useful option that makes this really adaptable.