There are more than a few webcams that are advertised as 1080p. This may be the maximum video resolution that these cameras are capable of, yet the video is filled with glitches and skipping. The Logitech HD Pro series simply outshines all other webcams. Crisp and clean picture quality is only scratching the surface of this elite webcam's capabilities. It is loaded with features, built for portability and designed to work with both PCs and Macs.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 trumps all other cameras with its stellar video resolution and smooth streaming video. This camera's excellent image quality is just one of the many reasons it earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold award.
The quality of the picture is truly impressive. The C920 not only offers a maximum video resolution of 1080p, but it also captures video in 1080p at 30fps. This is one of very few webcams that truly offer smooth and clean 1080p video.
The still picture quality will amaze you as well. Not only does this webcam take stunning streaming video, but it also captures high quality photos at 15 megapixel quality.
This unit is very easy to use thanks to features like auto-focus. When you are hundreds of miles away from your family, it is important to feel as if you are right next to them. A camera that is hazy and out of focus will not make you feel any closer to your family than talking over the phone would. The C920 webcam is really good at making long-distance connections possible.
Its auto-focus will let you move around too, because it refocuses quickly. Some of the other webcams out there produce video that becomes choppy or blurry if you move too close to the web camera. This one keeps the image looking nice and clear regardless of how far you are from the camera's lens.
Most of our favorite web cameras offer video effects, but this one does the best job of executing them. This is because the tracking is so good. When you decide you want to have a cat, a baby or even the Mona Lisa speak for you, this camera's software tells it to map the features of your face and then execute a calibration process. Once calibrated, this webcam does an exceptional job of moving the superimposed avatars with your face. The accurate execution of the avatars and other graphics makes using them so much more enjoyable. It's still fun when the mustache gets placed on your ear instead of above your lip – as was often the case with other webcams – but it's nice that the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 gets it right.
This web camera is compatible with FastAccess, which can help you secure access to your computer with technology that feels like it is straight out of a spy movie – facial recognition. When you consider the number of times a day you use your computer to access bank statements and other sensitive information, this technology really makes a lot of sense. Your computer will recognize you after the C920 scans your face, offering you access and denying it to anyone who does not share your facial features. You can use your face instead of memorizing a long list of passwords. Just look into the camera and you can log in to your machine and many password-protected websites – and keep other people out.
Carl Zeiss optics is considered to be at the forefront of quality optical lenses. Logitech spared no expense and used a Carl Zeiss glass optical lens in the C920. This optical lens design is an integral part of maintaining crystal clear images and video.
The quality of the camera's build is immediately evident. It is heavier than the other webcams we evaluated, but its weight is evidence of quality construction, and it makes it sturdier than other products. This camera is the best by far at staying put, whether it's perched atop a monitor or sitting on your desktop. It is worth the weight for what you get, even though its heft might make it slightly less travel friendly.
The built-in microphone is designed to minimize background noise by canceling it out with a signal that is not noticeable to the human ear. Many webcams require you to wear a headset to hear family members on the other end accurately. This built-in microphone picks up your voice from across the room. You will be able to hear friends and family, and they will sound like themselves.
Logitech has solid customer support. We prefer to have live chat as an option for any product, but you do have the option to make a telephone call or email your question. We received great responses to all of our questions from Logitech support staff who were friendly and fast. The product warranty also inspires a lot of confidence. If Logitech believes in this product enough to guarantee it for two years, we think it will stand the test of time.
This is a great webcam because of the combination of its many features. The Logitech C920 offers exquisite video and photo quality in an easy-to-use package. Investing in a separate webcam, beyond what might have come standard with your computer, makes sense for people in a wide range of situations – those who travel often for business, anyone with a new baby to show off, college students who are far from home and others. We think that this camera will be a great fit for people in all of those scenarios, and many more. The C920 hits all of the right notes with its high quality video and audio for a very reasonable investment.
The Logitech HD Pro has true 1080p video capture and quality.
This product does not have 360-degree swivel capability.
The Logitech HD Pro offers stunningly clean and smooth video and is packed with useful and fun features.