This morning I see that BUY.COM has offered the Logitech C510 webcam for $34.99 after a mail-in rebate. Why do you care? Well, if you would like to participate in the second phase of my little VUC experiment with video conferencing this little webcam might just be the cheapest bone fide HD-capable webcam you’ll find.
Am I saying that it’s “all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips? No. I’ve not even seen one of this model. It’s relatively new.
I do have the older Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 which cost me $100 and was completely satisfactory. A year later that model remains available but stills costs twice the asking price of the C510.
Both models are capable of rendering 720p HD streams. Unlike the Freetalk Everyman Webcam the Logitech models are useful beyond Skype. That means that you can use them with video-capable SIP/H.323 soft phones like Bria, Kapanga, LifeSize Desktop or Mirial.
When duly equipped with an HD-capable soft phone, webcam and a good headset you’ll be ready to join in the fun when the VUC call happens in HD.