With a commanding 73% market share, Logitech is the leader in webcams. They’ve been very successful at diversifying their product range, introducing the ConferenceCam, GROUP and PTZ Pro models aimed at business users.
These business oriented offerings have vaulted the company to new heights in the VC/UC space. Yet the meeting/huddle room focus left desktop users clinging to the HD Pro Webcam C920 and C930e. While these are both excellent products, they have been around a very long time.
All of that changes today with the launch of the Logitech Brio 4k Pro Webcam, their first completely new model in a long while.
Its major features are as follows:
- A true 4K resolution sensor fronted by a real glass lens
- 4096 x 2160 pixels at 30 f/s.
- Also – 1080p60, 1080p30, 720p60, 720p30, etc.
- Logitech RightLight™ 3 with HDR provides improved handling high contrast scenes.
- 5x digital zoom supporting clean zoom when used in 1080p or 720p modes.
- User selectable 65°, 78°, or 90° field of view (FOV.)
- An IR sensor with support for Windows Hello and other secure infrared-based facial recognition applications.
- A USB 3.0 connection to the host computer.
- Dual omni-directional microphones.
- External privacy shield (included.)
At 4096 x 2160 pixels, a 4K image contains over 8.8 million pixels. The USB 3 connection provides the bandwidth necessary to deliver all those pixels to the host. The USB cable can be detached from the camera, which itself has a USB Type C connector.
Logitech includes a USB Type C to Type A cable. The Type A cable allows the Brio to be connected to a USB 2.0 port when required. While backward compatibility is nice, expect reduced capability when using the slower host connection.
Users with very new computers, like the latest Apple MacBook Pro, may opt to purchase a Type C-to-Type C cable.
The fat pipe is required since, unlike its most recent predecessors, the camera does not perform on-board compression. A high-quality, uncompressed stream is passed to the host for processing.
As expected, the camera can be mounted atop a monitor. The mounting scheme is familiar, yet updated. It’s flexible, allowing for use with various kinds of monitor geometry, all-in-one PCs, or HDTVs. It can be removed, which leaves a standard threaded insert for use with a tripod.
The camera is UVC compliant, and directly supports a wide range of VC/UC client software. It’s certified compatible with:
- Skype® for Business
Business users will see this new webcam called the “Logitech Brio,” delivered in environmentally friendly, plain-brown box with simple branding. At brick & mortar retailers it will be known as the “Logitech 4K Pro Webcam,” delivered in splashier packaging. The products are identical, merely packaged appropriate for each market segment, and named to fit into the existing product ranges.
“…a powerhouse webcam for business and home-office users, streamers, YouTubers, vloggers, and anyone else looking for a top-of-the-line webcam. “
I, for one, look forward to some hands-on time, to see what it can do. I expect it’ll fit nicely into my little desktop production workflow.