The new Logitech StreamCam is a premium webcam that will improive your inline image that’s to its HD … [+]
Recently, I noticed how awful the webcam on my MacBook Pro was. Everything about it from the low resolutions, to the noisy image in low light, was deeply unsatisfying. As a result. I decided to hunt down some better webcams because if I’ve seen that problem, then I bet you have too. We’re all making many more Zoom, Skype and Facetime calls now that so many of us are working from home. If you care about the image you present now would be a good time to upgrade to an external webcam.
After a bit of research, I narrowed down my choice to a couple of webcams from Logitech. The company seems to dominate the webcam market right now. I started out reviewing the Logitech C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam, and you can read my review here. For my next review, I took a close look at the new Logitech StreamCam, the very latest webcam from Logitech, and one that offers full 1080p quality and smooth 60fps (frames per second) image.
The Logitech StreamCam is ideal for a laptop and comes with a fixed 1.5m cable terminated with a USB C plug. This latest USB standard makes the StreamCam ideal for using with the latest generation of PC laptops or MacBooks, most of which use USB C ports. Logitech doesn’t include an adaptor for fitting older style USB A ports, so if you want to use the StreamCam with an older computer, you’ll need to buy yourself an adaptor.
The StreamCam is a square device and available in grey and white finishes. There’s a fabric surface surrounding the lens, and a white LED that lights up whenever the camera is active. A stereo microphone is secreted behind the fabric and it picks up voices very effectively. This is a twin-axis camera which means it can be used in either landscape or portrait modes.
You can use the Logitech StreamCam in portrait or landscape mode simply by rotating it through 90 … [+]
A clip stand is supplied in the box and this enables the StreamCam to be placed securely on almost any monitor or laptop lid. When the Logi logo appears beneath the lens, the StreamCam is in portrait mode but by simply unclipping it from the stand and rotating it through 90 degrees, it will work in landscape mode. A second clip holder is included in the box and has a screw-thread for mounting the StreamCam on a regular tripod.
Although the StreamCam can capture HD video at 1080p/60fps, the setting can be dialled back to a slower rate or a lower resolution to save on bandwidth. The images produced are sharp and at 60fps movements are remarkably smooth and flicker-free. Logitech has used AI so that the StreamCam is able to recognize a human face which it can then track and adjust for exposure and focus. This AI function makes a big difference and it’s perfect if you find yourself moving a lot during a webcast.
Thankfully, this webcam is plug-and-play and will work with most webcam-enabled software. Logitech has a couple of free software packages for adjusting the settings of the StreamCam so you can manually set focus, exposure, white balance and other settings. A three-month license for XSplit broadcast software is included with the StreamCam so you start streaming straight away.
Verdict: Although the StreamCam is relatively expensive compared to many budget and unbranded webcams, this is no ordinary device. The image quality it produces is superb, and the sound is exceptionally clear. Theft it can work in both landscape and portrait orientations makes it versatile, while the higher frame rate at full HD resolution produces great-quality webcasts and video chat sessions. The StreamCam is a premium webcam and perfect for streaming or video conferences. It will certainly polish up your online image.
Pricing and availability: £139.99 / €159.00 / $169.99
More info: www.logitech.com