Ever since the world went crazy and we all had to WFH (work from home) one of the most highly sought-after items are Logitech Webcams. They are out of stock in, oh so many places.
Why? Because the typical notebook webcam is 720p, gives you a massive double chin, a fat face (the camera does add 10 pounds) and the mics are average. Logitech Webcams solve all that and more.
At the top end of Logitech Webcams is the Brio Ultra HD Pro Webcam (website here and our review is here)
It gives true 4K resolution (4096×2160@30fps) as well as scalable 1080p@30/60fps and 720p@30/60/90fps.
Don’t be concerned that 4K will overload the internet. What is does is record a data stream that is rich in details, supports HDR (details in shady or bright areas) and well – the rest is up to the videoconferencing program to sort out.
The trick to this camera (and there are many tricks) is that it can mount on top of your monitor, so it is looking down at you making your face slimmer and eliminating that double chin. Unless of course, you have a chrome dome then you may want to mount it on a tripod at mid-face height.
But there is more. The dual Omni-directional mics with noise cancellation are far better than those you find on a notebook (so you come across clearly). It has a far better field of view (FOV Diagonal: 90°/Horizontal: 82.1°/Vertical: 52.2°), so you can get a few people in the shot.
If you use it in FHD 1080 mode, the camera app can digitally zoom, pan and tilt. It connects to USB-A or USB-C, 3.0 or later. Windows users will love its Windows Hello IR camera as well for facial logins.
$329.95 from Logitech (free shipping) or a retailer
The premium 1080p business webcam has 1080p/720p. It has a large 90° FOV, autofocus, 4x digital zoom in 1080p, dual Omni-directional mics, and app for control of pan, tilt, and zoom and monitor or tripod mount. Business webcams have certification for most videoconference apps.
Similar in concept to the C930e. It can be mounted on the monitor or a tripod. FOV is a narrower 78°. It will autofocus up to 3 metres (end of your boardroom table). It has dual Omni-directional mics.
A good step up from a laptop camera with quality optics
StreamCam – for home video steamers (website here)
It is a vLoggers delight – to stream 10870P@30/60fps with new smart autofocus and autoexposure to keep track of every bounce and flounce. An F/2.0 aperture and glass lens is perfect for most light conditions. It has autofocus and face-based autofocus.
Use it in 16:9 TV format or 9:16 – just flip it over in the monitor/tripod mount cradle. It has a 78° FOV and Dual omnidirectional mic with noise reduction filter (stereo or dual mono channel). It is USB-C 3.1 only and requires Intel Core i5 or later.