We had mostly good things to say about Logitech’s mid-range C510, which surprised us with a (at the time) unusually robust feature set and performance, offering fans and casual buyers a solid camera without breaking the bank. Despite many of their cams getting the nip-tuck treatment throughout the year, the company’s 1080p Webcam Pro C910 remains the flagship in the PC/Mac communications lineup as far as we’re concerned, valiantly staying strong against almost all competitors and still coming out on top. Of course, the only real question is whether you’ll need – and be willing to pay – the necessary premium for such luxury.
Bulky isn’t a part of the C910’s repertoire as its super-compact dimensions are made possible with Logitech’s signature folding design that extends the camera into three sections for instant assembly atop of monitors and (preferably) laptops, contracting into a shell-like appearance when you don’t need it, all powered by a relatively short tethered USB cable. The sharp looks are also in the face where two LED activity lights and dual microphones surround the camera lens, a style not unlike that of most higher-grade webcams.
Using this camera requires the installation of not only drivers but Logitech’s own propriety software, which isn’t an option but hardly unnecessary bloatware either. What you get is a launch program that manages photo, video recording sessions, neat video effects, and even acts as external bridge between select messaging applications (Live Messenger, Yahoo!, and Skype) and one-click uploads to Facebook and YouTube. For those who already own the C510 (or current C525) the software should look familiar since it’s the same used for Logitech’s entire current webcam lineup (except their TV Cam and Viera TV Cam for its namesake Skype intergration).
The C510 wowed us previously, but the C910 effortlessly trumps it in the spec department thanks to its 10-megapixels and Fluid Crystal Technology which not only gains the benefit of taking better photos every time but also comes standard with a Carl Zeiss lens to guarantee each image is crystal-clear. Video features are really the bread and butter of the C910 and few will complain about live video chats and calling being displayed in 720p HD-quality and recordable content shown in full 1080p either. The results are more than impressive, and the combination of these features makes for an excellent webcam.
Unfortunately, technophiles may have to tinker with some of the camera’s other features to get the most from them. Such as automatic lighting adjustments from RightLight 2, which had a tendency to overcompensate the brightness, contrast, and saturation levels if you happen to be in an inadequately lit environment (such as your mother’s basement). Another issue we had was with the auto-tracking functionality, which despite callibration, often failed to track even the most basic movements of faces or hands. Those of you who prefer to record YouTube rants hands-free should get ready for tirade here.
Logitech’s 1080p Webcam Pro C910 may be the best HD-capable PC/Mac webcam in the company’s stable, as 720p video chats looked outstanding and being able to record and play full 1080p is nearly unmatched. But I’m just not entirely blown away as many of the company’s step-down models appear to offer better value for the money. I’d recommend the C615 for those on tighter budgets, which happens to have the exact same 1080p ability at a more pleasing price (granted photo quality is limited to a lesser 8-megapixels). Still, those looking for the absolute best in full high-definition recording and can afford it, the C910 is a great flagship webcam for the true video connoisseur and definitely worth picking up if you find one on sale (which happens often).