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Logitech Webcam C500 with 1.3MP Video and Built-in Microphone [Retail Packaging]

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Standard Packaging
  • Includes new Logitech Vid software - dramatically simplifies video calling
  • Glass lens and 1.3-megapixel sensor for fluid video and vibrant 5-megapixel photos
  • RightLight technology enhances image quality - even in dim light
  • Built-in microphone with Logitech RightSound technology for crystal-clear audio
  • Logitech Video Effects like animated avatars add fun to video chats
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Technical Details

Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Minimum RAM: 256

Product Description

Package Type:Standard Packaging

Product Description

Enjoy exceptional image quality and clear conversations with the affordable Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500. The glass lens, true 1.3-megapixel sensor, light-correcting RightLight Technology, and built-in microphone make video calls look and sound so real, it's like being in the same room with far-away family and friends. And with included Logitech Vid video-calling software, being there is finally fast, free and easy.

From the Manufacturer

From the ManufacturerEnjoy exceptional image quality and clear conversations with the affordable Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500. The glass lens, true 1.3-megapixel sensor, light-correcting RightLight Technology, and built-in microphone make video calls look and sound so real, it's like being in the same room with far-away family and friends. And with included Logitech Vid video-calling software, being there is finally fast, free and easy.

Be there for the moments that matter in true-to-life video calling clarity.

Your life is crazy busy. You'd love to see far-flung family and friends more often. Yet, there's never enough vacation time or money to go around. Problem solved. With the Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500 and included Logitech Vid video-calling software, it's fast, free and easy to "be there" in person. The video and sound experience is so true-to-life, it's like being in the same room with the people you care about most. In just one click, you can be there for your grandchild's birthday, the graduate's big day or to open holiday presents together, from across the country or the world. Thanks to Logitech, high quality video calling is dramatically simplified. So now, there's nothing to keep you from sharing the moments that matter.


Now crisp, clear video calling is also fast, free and easy.

Included with your
webcam

Video calls have always offered the promise of connection to your distant friends and family. But for many of us, getting the hardware and 3rd party software to work has been a challenge. Isn't it about time for an all-in-one webcam and software solution designed to make video calling easy for everyone? Wait no more. Your Logitech webcam comes with new Logitech Vid, the easiest video-calling application ever. Vid one-click-to-call software works seamlessly, right out of the box, with any new or existing Logitech webcam. So you can just relax and enjoy sharp, clear video conversations without hassles. And it's also free for anyone you call, no matter what webcam they use.

Easy set up

Logitech video calling software lets you
install and call in half the time.
Vid keeps things simple from the start. It's set up when your webcam is. So you're ready to call right away. In fact, you can set up Vid in half the steps it takes with major instant-messaging services. When you make a call, Vid connects you to friends using their email addresses. No screen names, extra accounts to create, or third-party software to download. And Vid works whether you're using a PC or a Mac computer, a stand-alone webcam or a built-in one.

Fast connections

One-click calling without extra steps
and hassles.
Other free software offers video calling as another hard-to-find feature in a long list of features. Vid presents a simple, intuitive interface where every element is designed to help you make a video call the moment your webcam is ready. Each of your contacts is represented by a thumbnail picture. Simply click the picture of the person you want to contact and Vid starts your video call. Click. Chat. Simple as that.

Free for all

Invite and add friends using their email address.
It's free and that simple.
Vid software is free with your new or existing Logitech webcam. It's also free for everyone you invite to connect with you, regardless of what webcam they have. Want to add a friend to your call list? Simply choose “Add a friend” to send them an email invitation and software link. Once they sign up, you're both set for free one-click
calling—no strings attached.

Crystal-clear video chats

Crisp, clear, full-screen viewing powered by the Logitech SightSpeed network.
All of this simplicity is powered by the Logitech SightSpeed network, a groundbreaking framework designed specifically for video calling. It's also how Logitech Vid can deliver crisp, clear video and audio without compromises or complications. See how real video calling can be with the Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500 and Vid.


Key Features

Logitech webcams—a better video calling experience by design

From the moment you make your first video call, you'll see why Logitech is the top choice of webcam users worldwide. Logitech designs every webcam from the ground up to give you dramatically clearer video and sound than other webcams at the same price. It's not just about features like lens quality, sensor resolution and software. It's how the sum of the parts adds up to a better video calling experience for you.

Up to 30 frames per second for a smooth, natural video-calling experience

Enjoy a premium video calling experience on Logitech Vid or Skype. With either free service, you can stream your video calls at up to 30 frames per second for an even smoother, more detailed picture than standard video.

RightLight Technology puts you in the perfect light

Dim light Back light RightLight
Making a late-night video call from a dimly lit room? The webcam's integrated RightLight technology automatically corrects for poor lighting, so the person you're calling sees you perfectly. No shadows covering your face. No need to adjust the lights. The webcam does all the work, so you can just relax and enjoy the conversation.

RightSound Technology and built-in microphone for clear chats

Trying to carry on a video conversation while your dog is barking outside the door? Chat away. The integrated microphone with RightSound Technology automatically cancels distracting background noises and "voice, voice, voice" echoes. So, your every word is clearly heard. And if you want your video call to be more private, just add a headset.

Logitech Video Effects make video calls as entertaining as you

Animated Avatars match your expressions Face Accessories add to your online personality Fun Filters bring out your creative style and whimsy
Add a fun, artistic twist to your video calls with hundreds of special effects. Transform your appearance with animated avatar characters that mimic your facial expressions. Add face accessories like quirky hats and glasses. Or use fun filters to turn your image retro, neon or creepy as a ghost.

Versatile universal clip attaches easily to any notebook or desktop monitor

Do you want a webcam you can use at home and on the road? You got it. The adjustable clip mounts easily and securely to home monitors and mobile notebooks alike. Whether your computer has a flat screen, widescreen or anything in between, this webcam fits it.

Works with all instant messaging programs for hassle-free calling

All you need for video calling is the webcam, a high-speed Internet connection and software with video calling capability. We recommend Logitech Vid video calling software for fast, easy and free face-to-face connections. You can also download other IM programs online. Unlike some brands, Logitech webcams work with all instant messaging programs—yours and whomever you call, so getting connected is hassle-free.

Use the Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500 and free video-calling applications to be there "in person" across town or across the world.


Which Webcam Is Right For You?

Good Better Best Video Quality Photo Quality Optics Corrects for Poor Lighting Autofocus Built-in Mic
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
2.0 MP 1600 x 1200 pixels

8.0 MP
Carl Zeiss ultra-wide angle

with echo and noise reduction
Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe
1.3 MP 960 x 720 pixels

5.0 MP
Glass ultra-wide angle  
with echo and noise reduction
Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500
1.3 MP 1280 x 1024 pixels

5.0 MP
Glass  
with echo and noise reduction
Logitech QuickCam Connect
640 x 480 pixels

640 x 480 pixels
     
with echo and noise reduction


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What's In The Box?

Package Contents
  • Logitech 1.3 MP Webcam C500 webcam
  • Universal clip that fits any monitors and notebooks
  • USB cable (6 feet)
  • Logitech Webcam software CD
  • Logitech Vid software
  • Quick-start guide
  • 2-year limited warranty

  • Product Details

    Package Type: Standard Packaging
    • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 3.3 x 8.9 inches ; 11.2 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B002DUCMQU
    • Item model number: 960-000371
    • National Stock Number: 5895-01-583-4889
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    138 of 140 people found the following review helpful By WALDO812 on August 27, 2009
    Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    The quest for a good replacement webcam can come to an end with the mid level Logitech C500. The thing that appealed to me primarily were the simple features. With a two tone silver finish, the glass lens C500 is packed with an attached 6' USB cable, software CD, instructions and a two year product warranty.

    The expandable clip easily attaches to my LCD monitor or it can free stand on the desk. I found that the webcam installs perfectly with or without the enclosed Logitech software. Just plug and play. It paired well with both Meebo and Google's Gmail "G Chat" without stalling or interruptions.

    I was very impressed by the clarity and sharpness of image transmission. The microphone picks up even the faintest of whispers. The jury is out on the product's RightLight technology. I did not see that much difference in lighting over my older Logitech webcam. The manually operated privacy shutter is a nice add on.

    The much hyped Logitech video calling network software package with its special effects and avatars is probably an okay add on for some but not for us. Personally I find it too intrusive. As I have mentioned earlier, its not required to get the webcam up and running. Other chat networks work fine without it.

    Overall for the price and features, I find the Logitech C500 Webcam to be a step up over other internet communication tools in the same category. The C500 delivers on the basics and more.
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    95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Lum VINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
    Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    Actually, if I had nothing else in the product line to compare this with, I would give it four stars for less than satisfactory video quality. But that would not be fair. You get what you pay for. There are other models in the Logitech line that have better video quality for a higher price. If video quality is really important to you, shell out more bucks for a better model. Otherwise, you'll be very happy with this one. For communication purposes, this is fine for me. If I were making stuff to post on YouTube, I would go for a model with the highest quality video.

    I like the automatic face tracking. When it is on, the camera tracks your face. If your face moves, it pans to follow. It also zooms to keep your face at a good proportion to the field of view. In other words, whether you move closer or farther from the camera, it compensates by zooming in or out.

    The physical shade is nice, but I also like the software's "privacy shade" feature. Basically, you can select a photo to be displayed when you don't want to be seen. There are other things that you can use to toy with your image - avatars and distortions. You can select automatic "fine tuning" (white balance, brightness, contrast, color intensity aka saturation, etc.). You can also adjust exposure and gain, or have the software set it automatically. I find the automatic settings to be quite fine - exactly what I would select myself or close to it.

    There are other settings to tinker with and third party software tie-ins (YouTube, Skype, etc.).

    Before this, I used webcams from the computing stone age, so the built in microphone is nice to have.

    As I said, if you want to communicate with your friends and family, save yourself some bucks and get this one. If you want to post video, get the highest quality model. Online video is going to HD so you want to publish the best quality video that you can.
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    57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By David A. Merriweather on November 13, 2009
    Package Type: Frustration-Free Packaging Verified Purchase
    I had this sent to my sister, 800 miles away, to install on my mother's computer so we could set her up with Skype. I wanted something very easy to install and operate and it was a piece of cake. Everyone is impressed with the picture quality.
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    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Grieger VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
    Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I've been meaning to get a Web cam for my PC for some time. My Macbook has one built in which is nice but I don't use the Macbook unless I'm out and about.

    I've had a love/hate relationship with Logitech's electronics (mostly with mice and keyboards). Often they're hit or miss. One model of something might be great while the other is lacking and makes you wonder why they bothered.

    With this Web cam, they actually did pretty well. The setup was largely flawless and real simple. The only real glitch was the fact that you need to plug the cam in to your PC and install the software afterward (since the software needs to be able to find it, obviously). During that time, Windows (I'm using XP SP3) does what it does and tries to do the Plug-and-Play thing. A bunch of balloons and some warnings later, I was through that and on to the software install.

    The cam comes with Logitech's Vid video communications software (think IM via Web cam). The only problem...I don't know anyone who's got this cam or the software so it's largely useless to me. Nice idea but it assumes you've gotten over the whole "network effect" thing and have a bunch of people who've got the cam and the software installed.

    Of course, given the price, if you're looking to create a connection with family or friends who've moved away, this is one of the best ways you can do it. But, you'll have to take my review with a grain of salt since I couldn't really review the Vid software.

    The picture and sound quality is good enough for a Web cam. Supposedly this cam offers upwards of 5 megapixels (for photos) and maybe it does but I'm guessing the clarity of 5mp comes with a brightly lit environment. Don't get me wrong, the general picture quality is pretty sharp.
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