With video conferencing use being at an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic,, people have been deploying computer video devices at a record pace.
When you find yourself in a Zoom, Teams, Meet, Webex type meeting, you want to look your best. You don’t want to look out of focus, grainy, or in any way unclear.
There are so many camera options available, it can be difficult to know which is best without proper research In this blog, I won’t be presenting a bunch of camera options for you to consider, but I will be highlighting one that is worth your time to check out:. the Logitech Webcam C920.
Before I jump into the details of this affordable, plug-and-play webcam, I want to mention that I recorded a short six-minute YouTube video where I show this product, and give some examples of how the picture quality looks. I perform a camera test to show you how it looks in normal office lighting as well as how it looks in a low light situation.
If you’d like to check out this Logitech C920 camera test video, check it out:
Logitech C920 Review
As I mentioned earlier, this is a plug-and-play device that most people will really appreciate. There’s no need to download software, and no complicated setup instructions to follow. Instead, just take it out of the box, plug it in, and you’re ready to go. Couldn’t be easier.
In terms of video definition, the Logitech C920 produces a sharp image at 1080P, though it can also be used at 720P. It also produces 30 frames per second and 78 degree field of vision. You can even snap and share 15 mp photos. You can also 1-click upload your videos to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Not to be overlooked is the fact that the C920 uses a Carl Zeiss lens, and anyone who has a good familiarity with cameras knows that the name Carl Zeiss is synonymous with quality.
In my tests, the C920 webcam delivered a great looking image that’s true and lifelike, even in low light conditions. Though when I did a side-by-side comparison to the Discover HD100, I’d say that the HD100 looked a bit better in low light, and had a wider field of view.
That’s not to take anything away from the C920, because it looked good as well. I didn’t test the photo feature, so I can’t comment on that, but I’m pretty sure that if I did, I’d find the quality of the images to be top notch.
Single or Multi-Person Use
The Logitech C920 is designed for single person use (personal webcam), though if you position this webcam further away from you than you normally would, then you could easily get a group of people into the video. One nice feature on this C920 webcam is it has a tripod mount so you can create a wider landscape of your video.
This means that you can not only mount the C920 webcam on top of your computer, or laptop monitor, but you can attach it to a tripod as well. This gives you more use options and allows you to get different camera angles as well.
The Logitech C920 has 20 step autofocus which is nice so you don’t end up looking like you just got out of bed. None of that with the C920, thank you very much! When you move away from the camera, or towards it, the C920 makes the necessary adjustments to keep you in focus and looking good.
The Logitech C920 is designed to work well no matter what video chat platform you prefer. The C920 webcam works well on Macs and PCs, as well as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and other video conferencing platforms. You can even use to record videos for YouTube or live streaming.
Some computers don’t have a built-in microphone. In those cases, the Logitech C920 has you covered because it comes with two built-in omni-directional, noise-canceling microphones for stereo sound, no matter what angle the voice is coming from. No microphone on your computer, no problem!
These days with so much talk about privacy and privacy breaches, it makes sense to exercise caution and use your best judgement where you can. The Logitech C920 has that box checked with a privacy shutter.
For those times when you aren’t using your C920 webcam, simply snap the integrated lens cover closed, and those would be intruders aren’t able to hack images from your webcam. Safe, secure and of course, simple.
Auto Light Correction
The Logitech C920 comes with proprietary technology called RightLight. This is designed to make automatic adjustments to the lighting when it varies. This includes compensating for low light conditions so that you don’t look like you’re working during a rolling blackout. This is a nice feature to have because it makes adjustments on the fly that’s designed to keep you looking sharp. And we all want that, right?
Connecting the Logitech C920 couldn’t be easier. Simply plug it into a USB port on your computer, and that’s it. The cable is built-in, and the cable length is 1.5 meters, or just under 5 feet, though the Logitech datasheet says the cable is closer to 6 feet. The USB connector is USB-A, 2.0. Though USB is clearly migrating to USB-C, there are still countless devices that still use USB-A, so no drawback there.
For those who want more control over their devices, the Logitech C920 has an available app that allows you to make adjustments. This app is called the Logitech Capture App. It allows you to customize your C920 webcam settings, make edits, add transitions as well as text overlays. This versatility is nice, especially considering it’s available for a webcam that isn’t close to breaking a hundred dollars.
Warranty and Price
The Logitech C920 comes with a full two year warranty, and is priced at $79.00. Considering these two things, along with the Carl Zeiss lens, Capture App, Dual, noise cancelling built-in omni-directional microphones, auto light correction and 1-click video and image uploads all help to make this a good value for the modest price.
There are a lot of webcams out there for you to choose from. Some by names you might recognize, and probably more from names you’ve never heard of.
Logitech is a name that’s been around for a long time, and one that’s associated with office peripherals. Webcams fit perfectly into that space, which makes products like the C920 from Logitech a natural. And, with a two year warranty, and attractive price point, that only helps to strengthen the argument.
As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of great features packed into this compact little webcam, but with the HD output, and sharp images thanks to that Carl Zeiss lens, it makes it a compelling product to consider when in the market for a new portable webcam.
Is the Logitech C920 worth it? Based on the cost and quality name associated with the C920 webcam, we say yes.