logitech c920 review

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When I got hold of the Logitech HD pro webcam c920 last week, it reminded me of the first webcam I ever bought.

Before I really used it for anything serious, I used to always think the same thing. ‘Why would I ever bother buying a webcam when my laptop comes with one built in?’

It seemed stupid, a complete waste of money. I’d used my webcam to skype friends and sure it was a bit choppy, but it worked and we could understand what each other were saying. What was the problem?

The problem arose when I started trying to make business calls over skype. Suddenly my choppy webcam wasn’t a minor inconvenience that I could laugh off. Now there was money on the table and my too close to my face webcam was making me look unprofessional.

It would cut out at inopportune moments, and stall for seconds at a time. I was trying to look like a businessman and instead my webcam was making me look like a clown!

After my first dismal skype meeting, I rushed out to get a proper webcam. I got a nice high spec one, adjusted it properly and my next skype call went a lot better.

This was several years ago, and it wasn’t the Logitech c920 that I bought. But if you’re having similar problems then this might be just the thing to solve them.

Who needs a webcam?

Well, that depends entirely on what you use it for.

Like I mentioned above, when I was talking to my friends my built-in camera was excellent. It was only when I started making business calls that it became an issue.

So if you only use your webcam for chatting with friends, you probably don’t need to think about buying a better one.

But if you do any kind of work on youtube (such as reviewing), or spend a significant amount of time on video calls, you could seriously benefit from taking a look at some higher quality webcams. The last thing you want is to spend time making videos or calls that just aren’t high-quality enough to go online.

 

Introducing the Logitech Pro C920

The Logitech HD pro webcam C920, is a fantastic little webcam that records in full 1080p, while keeping up an impressive 30fps frame rate. This means not just a high-quality picture, but smooth video too. The c920 has none of the choppiness normally associated with webcams.

This would be a great webcam for someone who wanted to make videos to stream online, create youtube content, or use for important skype calls.

If you don’t use your webcam for any of those things, then you might be best off either sticking with your integrated camera. That or buy a cheaper one of the cheaper alternatives we mention at the end of the review.

Pros
  • High-resolution video and pictures, high FPS makes videos super smooth.
  • Long USB cable.
  • Wide, 78-degree field of view.
Cons

Look and feel

The camera is very distinctive. The first thing you notice when you take it out of the box is the rectangular rather than circular shape. It looks cool sitting on top of my laptop and it probably would on yours too.

It’s quite heavy in the base which is a nice feature, I’ve tried a few webcams in my time and it’s very annoying to put one down on the desk only for it to topple over because it’s too light. The heavy base means that the wires won’t just pull it over and I can record with much more confidence.

I also like the length of the USB cable, often cameras have quite short cables and this can be a problem if you want to move the camera around. The 1.8-meter cable gives you plenty of freedom to move without worrying about pulling your laptop off your desk.

It comes equipped with a base which you can fold out, so you can take footage from different angles and heights. It also comes with a nut built into the bottom, this means that you can attach it to a tripod very easily.

It can either lay flat
logitech c920 flat

Have it extended out
logitech c920 extended

Or mount it on a Tripod
logitech c920 on a tripod

It has nice versatility and is easy to place, you can easily record footage from whatever angle you like, whether that be attached to the top of your laptop or flat on your desk.

 

Picture

Sometimes webcams can have really impressive sounding specs, but disappoint when you plug them in and start using them.

I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how good the c920’s camera actually is. It lets you take photos in 15 Megapixels and for a webcam that is really good. It obviously doesn’t turn out quite the same as if you were using a handheld camera but it’s still pretty impressive. I haven’t used a lot of webcams that can produce pictures of a similar quality. This means that if you want a nice profile picture, or a shot to send your family, the c920 can get you a great image.

One feature that I wasn’t aware of, but can make a big difference to picture quality, is the lens in the camera. The c920 features a Car Zeiss glass lens, apparently, this produces a much higher quality image than plastic lenses which are used in most webcams.

This probably goes some way to explaining why the c920 seemed to give me higher quality images than other webcams with the same specs have done.

Here are some sample shots we took from with the c920:

c920 sample picture

c920 sample picture 2

c920 sample picture 3

 

Video

For me, the best feature of the c920 is the video quality. The thing about video quality is that if you hear a camera shoots in 1080p, then you’re likely to think (quite reasonably), that the resulting video will look good to viewers.

Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case, the reason being that for a webcam to record video in that high-quality, the FPS (frames per second) of the video are often compromised. What this can lead to is a good deal of screen blur if you ever move about in your videos.

I’m not talking a lot of movement either. Putting up your hand to wave hello, or sitting back to adjust your chair can result in a slow blur as the webcam tries desperately to catch up with your movement. The most frustrating thing about this is the feeling that because you bought a ‘high definition’ webcam that you shouldn’t be having these problems.

What the c920 does really well is maintain a high number of frames per second while also keeping a high definition image throughout. This means that your videos will be crisp and clear while at the same time flowing smoothly.

I also really like the autofocus on the c920. Some webcams take a while to adjust to things moving closer or further away, or just can’t adjust at all. With this webcam it just isn’t a problem, the autofocus very rapidly and accurately adjusts to my movement and this means a consistently high-quality image.

This is so important if you stream or create content, you won’t have time mid-play to check whether your webcam is producing a quality image, it must be able to focus properly without you paying attention. The c920 has (so far) always been able to do this for me.

This guy is a potty mouth, but he gives a great demonstration of how quickly the webcam will focus in and out on you.

 

It’s also able to recognize faces, which is nice. This means that no matter how light or dark your room is, the webcam will always try to adjust so that there is an optimal amount of light on your face.

Thinking about it, I do seem a little better looking in this camera…

 

Sound

One thing about it which I thought could be better was the audio. It might just be because I was so impressed with the picture and video quality, but the audio wasn’t quite as high-quality as I was hoping.

It sounds good but maybe a little high on my model anyway, so it picks up more of the high notes than the low, giving me a bit of a squeaky voice. I’ve also found that it picks up a touch more background noise than I’d like.

Apart from that, it’s really good. Just perhaps not as good as I hoped it might be, especially compared to the rest of the webcam.

But the logitech hd pro c920 microphone still works fine and will easily pick up everything you say. Unless you are really, really concerned about audio quality it’s not something that should put you off the c920.

 

Plug and Play

A beautiful thing about this webcam is the ease of use, I just plugged it straight into my Windows 10 and off we go! There was no need to install any drivers or download any software, it was nice and easy.

I’ve heard horror stories about people buying webcams and not being able to use them because they couldn’t download the specific drivers they needed. They just ended up with a very expensive piece of useless plastic. I can’t imagine this happening with the c920, it couldn’t have been easier to use.

 

What do other people think?

When we do reviews for products, it’s not enough to just try the product out for a couple of days and then write a review. We want you to make a completely informed purchase, and to make the best use of your money.

In order to do this, we will thoroughly research a product, as well as try it out ourselves.

This allows us to know if there are any long-term reliability issues with a product that we didn’t know about, or if we just got lucky and a lot of the models are duds.

Well, we are pleased to report that overwhelmingly people love the c920, the only slight complaints that people have are with the audio (it’s good, just not as good as the picture) and some people have said that the software is a little buggy. However, for most, it seems to just be a little slow.

 

Alternatives

For some of you the c920 will be absolutely ideal, for others there might be better options. Here are 3 alternatives that some of you might prefer:

Logitech B910 HD Webcam

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MegaPixels : 5MP
Resolution : Up to 720p
Frame Per Second : 30 FPS

Another great webcam brought to you by Logitech. With is HD 720p video and dual mics, the B910 is great for video calls and even for streaming!

It offers a true 16:9 wide-screen with a 78-degree field of view, with a amazing 30 frames per second with a crystal clear image.

The only thing that might bother some people is the price. It’s a little bit more expensive than the C920.

However, if you want a good camera beside the c920, the Logitech B910 HD Webcam is a great alternative.

You might like the B910 if:

  • You like True 16:9 wide-screen with a 78-degree field of view allows everyone to be seen.
  • You do a lot of video calls.
  • You like the HD 720p video and dual mics

 

HP HD 4310 Webcam

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MegaPixels : 13MP
Resolution : 1080P
Frame Per Second : 30 FPS

This is another high-quality webcam, like the c920 you can use it shoot 1080p footage at 30fps. For my money it isn’t quite as good, but this webcam offers a similar picture quality.

Similarly to the C615, this webcam offers a 360-degree adjustable camera, so you can turn it to film whatever you like.

One of the downsides to this camera is the lack of zoom feature, this isn’t something that you would use a massive amount on a webcam, but you might sometimes and unfortunately this webcam doesn’t have the feature.

This might be a good option for those:

  • Looking for a nice cheaper webcam
  • Aren’t bothered by the lack of zoom feature
  • Still want high-quality footage

 

Logitech HD Webcam C310

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MegaPixels : 5MP
Resolution : 720P
Frame Per Second : 30 FPS

If you’re looking for a cheap, usable webcam this might be a good option for you. However, the quality of the sound, picture, lighting, and motion is just not on the level of the c920.

That’s fine as the price is very different. It’s a good little webcam, if you are in the market for:

  • A cheaper option
  • Aren’t looking to use the webcam for business or streaming.
  • Are happy with fewer options and a lower quality image.

 

Verdict

If you’re looking for a business or streaming webcam then you need to make sure your video and audio quality is absolutely top notch. There is nothing worse than putting a lot of time into a recording and realising that the footage is unusable.

If you’ve ever had this problem before the c920 webcam will solve it completely. It offers brilliant quality footage, fantastic FPS despite this, and will adjust automatically to give you the best focus for your video.

I’d rate in 9/10 easily, very nearly 10. My only issues at all were with the audio, you can always use an external microphone.

In other words, it will provide you with quality video and audio no matter what you need it for.