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Review | Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

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A few weeks ago I decided to create a Twitch channel to stream my gaming “adventures.” My goal is to build a community that enjoys gaming, lifestyle advice, and motivation. As simple as that sounds, there are a ton of factors I need to consider.

What games should I stream? What time should I stream? How do I increase my followers? All of these things (and more) emerge in my mind before, during, and after I stream.

That discussion is for another post.

Today, I want to give you an honest review of the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam I purchased. As a newbie streamer, I knew I needed a camera. Sharing my persona, reactions, workouts, or cat on stream can build charm that keeps viewers interested.

Let’s look at how the C920 compares to other webcams, its key features, and how to set it up for live streaming!  

Webcam Comparison

Below are the specs for the Logitech C920 as well as some other popular webcams on the market. Apart from a higher price, 720p/60 fps, and a “background replacement technology” feature, the Logitech C922x is essentially the same product as the C920.

ModelC920C922xKiyo BRIO 
BrandLogitech LogitechRazerLogitech
Max Resolution1080p
(1920 x 1080)
1080p
(1920 x 1080)
1080p
(1920 x 1080)
4K
(4096 x 2160)
Image Quality2 MP2 MP4 MP 8.3 MP
Frames per Second (FPS)30 fps (720p)
30 fps (1080p)
60 fps (720p)
30 fps (1080p)
60 fps (720p)
30 fps (1080p)
90 fps (720p)
60 fps (1080p, 720p)
30 fps (4K, 1080p, 720p)
Field of View (FoV) 78° 78° 81.6°65°, 78°, or 90°
MicrophoneStereoStereoOmnidirectional Omnidirectional x 2
Price See Price See Price See Price See Price

Image

I’ve used many laptop webcams in the past. And you know what? They all looked muddy and pixelated every time. That’s not the case with the C920.

As my first external webcam, I was genuinely surprised with the image quality coming from the C920. The colours, as well as my room lighting, look very accurate to real life.

Let’s talk about resolution. At the low-end, 720p looks surprisingly good! You can even distinguish some of the words on my books.

A man taking a photo of himself at 720p with his webcam.
720p

Bumping up the resolution to 1080p adds a few quality of life improvements. An increased pixel count, but also a wider perspective. I love the 78° field of view as It enables me to record my workouts without the worry of getting out of frame.

A man taking a photo of himself at 1080p with his webcam.
1080p

Speaking of recording, the C920 records video using the H.264 encoding format. When live streaming, the C920 utilizes the MJPEG video format. I noticed very little compression when streaming to Twitch, which is great!

In terms of performance, the C920 records video at 30 fps. While 60 fps would be great, 30 fps is sufficient for my setup. So far, I have experienced no framerate drops or stuttering when streaming with the C920.

Audio

While the primary feature of the C920 is the camera, it also includes dual microphones that capture stereo sound. This is convenient for those who require a microphone when travelling, video calls, or maybe live streaming on a tight budget.

As a comparison, I did an audio test between my current microphone and the C920 microphone.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Logitech C920 Webcam Microphone

Not bad for a webcam mic! And keep in mind that the Blue Yeti is a few inches from my mouth whereas the C920 is about three feet away. You can tell that my voice sounds slightly muffled and distorted due to the background noise.

Nevertheless, the audio quality of the C920 is still pretty decent for what it’s worth.

Other Features

Like most webcams, the C920 has a built-in mount that enables you to place the camera along the top of your screen/monitor. You can also tilt the C920 forward and back to ensure a perfect viewing angle.

Have a tripod? The C920 gives you the option to attach it to a tripod thanks to its 1/4 inch screw thread adapter on the bottom.

The C920 also comes with an autofocus feature. It does a great job of keeping your recording clean and accurate. For dark rooms, the C920 has an “automatic low light correction” option that helps improve the brightness and contrast in your recording.

Both are great features for those who just want to plug in their C920 and record themselves.

Setting Up the Logitech C920 for Streaming

Mounting

As mentioned previously, you can use the built-in mount or a tripod to hold up the C920. I currently use a mini tripod that I bought for my phone. This makes changing positions and height much easier in my opinion. Pick a spot that works best with your lighting and desk setup.

A webcam on a small tripod.

Drivers + Software

Once you establish a position, plug your C920 into your computer using the USB cable. My C920 was working right out of the box. However, if yours does not, you can find the latest drivers as well as other software for the C920 from here.

My Stream Settings

I use Streamlabs OBS for streaming my games. To add the C920 as a source, click the “+” arrow and add a “Video Capture Device.” Once that’s done, double-click on the webcam source to access the settings menu.

Here’s a look at my settings window. I output at 720p instead of 1080p due to my older CPU. Also, my webcam window only covers around 5% of what I’m broadcasting. It’s really hard to see the difference between 720p and 1080p at that size.

Video capture settings in Streamlabs OBS.

Now that you’ve got your settings configured, let’s modify your video quality. Click on the “Configure Video” button within the settings menu. A new window should pop up.

The first thing you should do is to disable anything that is set to auto. This will put much less stress on your CPU. Plus, it gives you more freedom to tweak the visuals correctly.

Below are my video settings for the C920. Depending on the lighting, the only settings I sometimes need to tweak are the white balance and gain. Everything else stays the same.

Properties for the Logitech c920 webcam.

Conclusion

The Logitech C920 is a fantastic webcam for those who want to stream on a budget. Solid colour accuracy, crisp resolutions, and a slew of features/settings to play around with. Aside from the average microphone and limited fps, this webcam is currently the price-performance king!

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

8.3

Features

8.0/10

Image Quality

8.5/10

Audio Quality

7.0/10

Value

9.5/10

Pros

  • 1080p/720p look great
  • Colours
  • Price
  • Many settings to adjust

Cons

  • Average microphone
  • Lacks 60 fps

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