We tested the Logitech's C910 webcam to see if it could help us stay in touch with friends and family around the globe. Guess what? Keeping up just got a whole lot easier. The Logitech's C910, is a top of the line, high-definition webcam. We connected it to our iMac and Powerbook and are ready to share our impressive findings.
We video chat a lot with friends and family in the US and in New Zealand using the built-in camera on our iMac and Apple'??s external iSight on the Powerbook. Both of these devices seemed fine until we used Logitech's C910.
What we love most about the C190 is its widescreen feature that captures the four of us without sitting far away from the camera. The clarity and sound are superb too, making the connection with our loved ones all the better.
The unit comes with excellent Carl Zeiss optics (used in many of Sony'??s digital cameras) and two built-in microphones, both essential for an enjoyable video chat. Nothing ruins a video chat like a pixilated image. The design is simple and stylish with the unit measuring 1.25'? high and just under 4'? wide.
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The C910'??s universal clip fit well on the top of my iMac, which is 1.5'? deep. A secure fit may be more challenging with a monitor that is any deeper than 1.5" deep.
Installation was simple, requiring a free USB port; however, the install CD only contained software for windows (bit annoying). The Mac version was available as a free download from Logitech'??s website.
The Logitech Webcam Software is easy and intuitive to use. It allowed me to take both still photos (Small, Medium, Large and Max) and video clips (Small, Medium, Optimized 720p, Large and Max 1080p) with various quality settings. While the still photo functionality won'??t replace a digital camera, the results were pretty good. I played around recording video clips and was surprised at the results, even when the full quality clips were compressed.
The basic requirements to use this device are a Mac or PC with at least a 1Ghz processor and 500Mb of Ram, most computers purchased within the last five years would easily satisfy these requirements. To make use of full 1080p video recording and 720p video calling, the required spec increase to a 2.4Ghz machine with 2Gb RAM, still a fairly standard machine if purchased within the last five or so years. Bottom line: If you are looking for a webcam for a Mac or PC, the Logitech C190 ($99.00) is our pick.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We received the Logitech C190 for testing purposes.