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The cam works well enough out of the box. I have main atop my PC screen and despite Logitechs best efforts to make it adjustable to all, I stiil need Blu-tac to make it fit. The camera is of reasonably good quality but the mic could be better for example it is not as good as a headset even a very average one for skyping but it is easily good enough to be heard and understood and very convenient if you dislike using headsets. The biggest let-down was the lack of software for such a high-end webcam. I suggest you take a look at the Logitech site before purchasing as they seem to have withdrawn a lot of the add-ons which were originally available for this cam.
As usual, I blame Windows 8 for this, as Microsoft appears to have forced everyone else to abandon Windows 7 when they did. And guess what.......Windows 8 does not appear compatible with the older add-on software we used to get. So not only do Logitech get rid of effects etc for W8 users (and who can blame them) but for W7 users also. (!!!!!!!)
When planning to produce some online courses, I splashed out on a semi-decent camcorder to do re talking head shots, but I found the messing about popping memory cards out of the cam, and into the PC, them importing the second media into the timeline and syncing it all up (over and over again) a little...cumbersome. Not to mention the real estate a cam tripod (even a small one) takes up your desk.
It was a choice between this and the similarly priced Microsoft one, so I studied the youtube reviews, and this one won out, so I got one.
First thoughts are it's tiny, but beautiful to look at. Despite its size, it still feels really well made. The mount looked a little confusing, but when you put it atop your monitor it becomes obvious how it functions, and works really well. For those who want it, the mount also comes with a standard screw fitting for tripod mounting.
Win 8.1 detected it, and installed the drivers in a minute or so, but I also downloaded the Logitech software from their site to get the tools to to play with resolution and what not. The first thing I noticed was the field of view on this is huge. So much so, that I turned it from 1080, to 720 to avoid recording the whole room. That done, you can then zoom in, pan left and right until you get the perfect head shot...nice.
As this pipes straight into your PC, my screencast software (Camtasia) records the cam simultaneously, so all my sync problems were solved automatically. Problem solved. The recordings appear crisp and clear whatever the lighting conditions, and there is no stutter or judder whatsoever.
The sound is reasonable, but I pipe the audio from a Blue Snowball (which is better).
I know it's pricy, but the quality is great. There is a reason that this is the best selling webcam in the world.
This webcam gets good reviews - I can't understand why. I have 2 of them, bought at different times, so not from the same batch. They work fine - they have the advantage (?) of an internal hardware codec which reduces cpu stress on your computer.
However, the images that you get are "soft" - i.e. not sharp, compared to the Microsoft Lifecam Studio, which has superior image quality in my opinion, but has no internal codec.
If you have a fast high spec computer and want best image quality, get the Lifecam . The C920 is over-hyped in my opinion.
Neither the Lifecam nor the Logitech have good audio - best to use an external mic.
I bought this webcam to replace my old logitech one which was broken after many years of loving use. I was not disappointed. The product was slightly over packaged in my opinion and was not the easiest to un-package, however, it was well worth the extra effort.
Pros - The clarity, crispness and quality of the video feed/photos are incredible. Stylish design, not too large/bulky. Tripod screw for attaching it to your favourite tripod. Beautiful blue LED light to let you know when your webcam is in use by an application. Great microphone/sound for videos. Lovely lighting & colour balance - The webcam performs wonderfully in low lighting and spectacularly in good lighting Fully adjustable settings via Logitech webcam launcher application to ensure you get the exact picture colour etc. that you want. Very sturdy when on the top of a thin laptop screen due to the grips on the base. Feels luxurious and premium in regards to quality of materials used to make it and in terms of weight.
Cons - The "mirrored" setting you would expect to be able to use as per standard with all webcams is only able to be used on certain settings with this webcam. I have not found out entirely why that is yet, however, you can get around that via opening an application such as skype and fiddling with the settings on there once you have your main settings set up to your preferences.
My main uses - Skyping my family back home and my friends here in the UK, Video diaries, some pictures occasionally.
Conclusion - I highly recommend you try out this webcam, it was worth the money for me. Any down sides it may possibly have are easily worked around so that they are no longer a downside. I am really glad I now own it! - If you are still in doubt after reading reviews, go on youtube and see the video reviews, they helped me to decide alongside online reviews !
Fed up with my laptop’s pathetic, allegedly ‘HD’ webcam, I decided to give the C920 a go. What a difference! It’s by far and away the clearest webcam I’ve ever used. The images are crystal clear, it responds well to changing light, has a decent dual microphone setup, and feels incredibility sturdy for something so small. On the downside, the autofocus isn’t spectacularly quick, but is more than acceptable. Also, whilst the angle of pitch can be changed, you would need to attach it to a tripod in order to turn it left and right.
When the software is working, the camera itself appears to be an improvement on my old one I wanted to replace. However, the software that comes with it is so flaky and temperamental that I've spent more time on Google searching for fixes and hacks than I have actually using it. These are not problems that are unique to me I discover - the internet is littered with problem solving for this software.
If you need a plug and play, with little or no enthusiasm for what goes on behind the scenes in a computer, this is not the right camera to buy. If you can cope with the frustration of solve freezing, hanging, going offline, or just not loading to start with, then the camera seems to give the sort of results and control that may make it worth while.
Works flawlessly under Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 with surprisingly good picture quality for a web cam, even the microphone is pretty capable (though not flawless, but better than most built-in mics). The stand construction is solid and pretty clever, seems to hold on solidly to any screen despite "just" sitting on it.
The software is a bit lacklustre and sluggish but does the job - can't really complain apart from it being a bit slow to start and not offering many settings - but it works, just isn't exceptional.
This works perfectly and was easy to set up in XP or W7 (read the instructions). It has an app to control its area of view, that is it can collect part of the visible picture. It can be zoomed out, and directed up, down, and sideways, so you don't have to sit at a particular hieght to be centred. It also has the ability to track your face, so you don't have to sit still either. This is the conference version so it has stereo mikes and can both view and pick up sound from a group of people, ideal for family get-togethers at Christmas, or business meetings. There is another model with a single directions microphone for a single person and reduced background noise.
The picture quality is stunning and the main reason I got this was the claim that in Skype it gives true HD to the picture, however Although everything was right and it worked flawless in everything, it did not run in Skype. Considering it was the main reason I bought it I was really puzzled. As I run 10 64 bit a driver update was called for and after a reboot, it worked in Skype flawlessly. The moral is, get the drivers updated and all will be well.