Today, with so many people working from home, at the office, or even a combination of both, there’s a big need for a good quality webcam. When you’re on a call, you want to look your best, and make a good impression. Some of that good impression relates to how good you look and how good you sound.
Nobody wants to get on a video call and have poor image quality, and equally, nobody wants to sound bad either. Making a good impression is hard enough without having your technology playing a role in holding you back from being your best.
And in order to accomplish this, you don’t want to go out and buy yourself a cheap, inexpensive webcam hoping that it’s good enough. Good enough doesn’t cut it. You want a webcam that could be described as excellent, awesome or maybe even incredible.
In this blog I’m going to introduce you to one such webcam that I feel fits those great descriptions; the new Logitech Brio 4K Webcam.
But, before I share the details on this new Logitech webcam, I’d like to let you know that I recorded a Youtube video where I reviewed it. I know a lot of people don’t like to do a lot of reading, but instead, find it easier to watch video content.
For those of you who are still reading this, come along with me to find out what this new Logitech webcam is all about.
Let’s face it, many of us have found ourselves on video calls more recently than ever before. I guess a lot of that could be traced back to the sudden rise of the Covid outbreak which caused countless people to suddenly be working from home.
In order to keep the communication free flowing, the use of video conferencing was rolled out to many, who hadn’t really used it in the past.
We were all required to find a new comfort in having ourselves on screen for regular video meetings, and for many, that took a little while to settle into this new way of communicating.
Hand in hand with this new routine was the need to get remote workers set up with the necessary hardware and software to allow them to stay connected with coworkers and customers alike.
One of the key components highly used, and valued by those working remotely included the webcam. This small device not only allows you to be seen, but heard as well on video calls. Words like Zoom, Teams, WebEx and others are now more common to our vocabularies. The internet is flooded with webcam options, which can make it hard to know which model is best for your hard earned dollar.
People know and trust Logitech products
One reputable company that’s been around for a very long time, and producing well-known, good quality and reliable products is Logitech.
Many people know Logitech for computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and the like. But what you might not know is Logitech also makes a very nice line of webcams and now business grade headsets.
Though I’ve blogged about Logitech headsets in the past, this blog will solely focus on the new Brio 4k webcam.
For those who want a very sharp image, with true HD quality, your search stops with the new Logitech Brio 4k. In my tests, which you’ll see in my video, I compare the new Brio to another popular Logitech webcam, the C920. Though the C920 is a solid, well respected model, the new Brio is clearly far superior.
As you’d expect, you have a full 30 frames per second, and a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with video modes that include 720p, 1080p, and of course 4k.
Most of us realize that lighting plays an important role in how we look to others while on a video call. You might have an overhead light on, or you might have natural light from a nearby window. Additionally, you could have a lamp on as your sole light source.
No matter what your situation, the Logitech Brio 4k has you covered. You see, it has a patented technology called RightLight 3 that auto adjusts to compensate for your lighting conditions, from natural light, low light or high contrast. And, in my tests, this feature worked extremely well.
Better Field of View
Another thing that can be challenging for any webcam user is the field of view. Webcam users will sometimes want to bring in another person or two into the video call.
Some webcams don’t have the ability to get everyone in the frame, which means they either are clipped out of the field of view, or you have the “video shuffle” where people play musical chairs in order to take turns talking into the camera.
Other times webcam users might want to share a document by aiming the camera at something on their desk they’d like to share with the conference attendees.
However, that’s not possible typically without removing the camera from what it’s mounted to, pointing it at the object you want to share (a document for example), and hoping you hold it steady, and that it’s in focus so everyone sees it clearly. This can be challenging and not typically a great far-end user experience.
Problems like these are resolved with the new Logitech Brio 4k.
First, it comes with a few field of view settings which include;
- 60 degrees
- 78 degrees
- 90 degrees
When you want a nice, well framed image of yourself, you’d select the 60 degree view. If you want more of your surroundings in the video image, you’d go with 78, and if you want to bring in a friend or two, there’s the 90 degree view option. All of these are easily accessed and can be changed at will.
The other thing that’s pretty cool is the camera, while mounted, can be aimed straight down which can allow you to share a document for example without the need to hand hold it hoping for a steady image. Even better is the fact that the auto focus feature will have that document you’re sharing sharp and in focus. Problem solved!
The Logitech Brio 4k has your back if you don’t have a microphone, or headset (we highly recommend the headset option). The Brio has two omnidirectional, noise cancelling microphones built in.
So, if you find yourself without a microphone for use with your webcam, rest assured that you’re covered with the Brio 4k.
The webcams that I’ve tested all have a hard wired cable. In other words, the USB cable that’s used to connect the webcam to the computer is hard wired and can’t be separated from the webcam.
The Logitech Brio 4k takes a different approach. It has a USB-C port on the back of the camera which allows you to take the included 7 foot cable, that’s USB-C on one end, and USB-A on the other, and connect.
If you were to develop a problem with the cable, as can be the case with some cameras, you can simply replace the cable. Sounds like a simple thing, and I guess it is, but I like things like this that allow the end-user to easily correct issues themselves.
Anyone who has a camera on their computer generally has some degree of concern regarding privacy. These days, you just have to be cautious because there are so many intrusions, breaches, spyware and other things that can put your privacy at risk.
To help put your mind to ease, the Logitech Brio 4K has a privacy shutter. There’s a small component that mounts to the webcam that contains a square door. This can be rotated downwards so that it covers the camera lens. This is a nice feature that you don’t see on a lot of webcams, and having it on the Brio helps to give you a greater sense of peace of mind.
Price and warranty
Some of you might be wondering right about now, how much does this wonderful new webcam cost, and what kind of warranty does it come with?
To help answer that question, here’s the scoop:
MSRP - $199.99
Warranty - 3 years
Clearly you can get a webcam well below $199.99, ok $200.00. But, in my view, you get what you pay for.
- Is it worth paying a little more to get image quality that’s off the chart?
- Is it worth a little more to have a couple of microphones standing ready in case they’re called upon?
- Is it worth a little more to have a wider field of view for added versatility?
- Is it worth a bit more to have a replaceable USB cable?
- Would you pay a little more if your webcam could adapt smoothly to varying light conditions?
Well, you get the idea. Though the Brio costs a little more than some of the cheaper options out there, it’s a high quality alternative that you’d be smart to seriously consider if you’re on important calls with regularity.
Headset as your audio source
Earlier I mentioned that we recommend a headset for the audio piece of a video call. Why? Because headsets provide better audio quality, and do a better job to reduce unwanted background noise. I think you’d agree that in my video, the Logitech headset sounded best.
Logitech Wired Vs Wireless Headset Video
All in all, I highly recommend the new Logitech Brio 4k. It provides an amazingly sharp image and in my estimation, lives up to its billing. You can expect razor sharp images, versatility through the expanded field of view, auto focus, auto light correction, privacy, document sharing, replaceable connector cable, full motion video with the 30 fps, and a long 3-year warranty.
If you don’t care that much about the quality of your webcam, then you’ll be perfectly happy with a more budget friendly model. But, for those who embrace quality, and appreciate having good quality business tools, the new Logitech Brio 4k could very well be your next new webcam.