Webcams have been around for a long time, but they have all suffered from the same low resolution video and audio problems. Now a new line of webcams are hitting the market and they are starting to bring HD quality video and stereo audio with them. One of those webcams is the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910.
- Full HD 1080p recording
- HD 720p video calls
- Life-like stereo audio
- 10-megapixel snapshots
- Face-recognition login
- RightLight 2 technology
- Carl Zeiss optics
You can record in breathtaking widescreen Full HD 1080p.
You’ll get 720p video calling on most major instant messaging services and Logitech
You’ll be sure your loved ones will hear the real you thanks to dual stereo mics.
Delivers be-there-quality video and lets you take high-definition 10-megapixel snapshots (software enhanced).
Log in to your computer and your favorite sites with the included face-recognition software. It’ll save you time and impress your friends.
Even if you make a video call in dim or poorly backlit settings, the camera will intelligently adjust to produce the best possible image.
You’ll enjoy razor-sharp images from a lens designed with the help of one of the pioneers in the industry.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is very simply designed. On the front is the camera, the camera uses a Carl Zeiss glass lens. On either side of the lens are microphones. These two microphones are what allows the C910 to record stereo audio. But this is not the most interesting part of the camera.
The most interesting and unique part of the webcam is the clip on the back. The clip is what holds the webcam onto a monitor or laptop lid. The dual-hinged mount extends out the back of the camera and serves two purposes. First, as I mentioned above, it can be used as a clip to attach it to a monitor or laptop lid. Second, it can be used as a stand.
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 also comes with its own software and it provides quite a bit of functionality. As you can see from this image the software allows pan and zoom. However, it is all digital and I don’t recommend its use. There are also a series of special effect, like avatars, face accessories, filters, and video masks. The effects can be fun for a few things, but in all practicality they are not very useful.
One thing I found interesting is that the video effects did not work when the resolution was set to 1080p. I’m not sure why, but I did contact Logitech support and they think the camera is defective.
To get started, Logitech recommends a 2.8GHz, single-core Pentium 4 PC running Windows 7, Vista, and XP (SP2 or higher). For HD video recording or live chats, Logitech recommends a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or faster, with 2GB of RAM and a free USB 2.0 port. You’ll also need 1MB/sec upload speeds from your cable or DSL modem. I tested the C910 on a custom Intel Core i7-920 PC with 6GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
The video from the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is quite amazing for a webcam. The auto focus is especially nice. It was able to keep my face clear and in focus at all times. However, there were times when the color seemed a bit off.
The dual microphones also did a great job picking up my voice. I never had any trouble hearing myself in all the recording I did. In addition all the people I talked to via video chat also said I sounded clear.
However, the best way for you to see if this is the right webcam for you is to see it in action. So I recorded a video review using the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910. All you have to do is click play on the video at the top of this review.
Support and Warranty
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 includes a 2-year limited hardware warranty. Since this webcam will just sit on top of my monitor, I don’t think it will take much abuse. I expect that it will continue to function long after the warranty runs out.
Support comes in the form of phone, email, or an online discussion forum and FAQ. As I mentioned above I have contacted Logitech support for the video effect problem. I chose to contact them via email, and while I found the support agents to be courteous, the replies always took 1-2 business days. This is not as fast as I would have liked, but if I wanted it to be faster I should have used the phone.
I am really impressed with this webcam. Despite the high retail price of $99, I think it is worth it. The video quality is top notch, and the audio sounds really good. The only minor frustration that I had with the camera is the clip. Since my monitor is a bit old it is also quite thick. This thickness didn’t give the clip anything to hold onto so it is slightly unstable.
If your in the market for a webcam, especially an HD one, I really recommend the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910.
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