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Logitech BRIO is the first 4K pro webcam with HDR support


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Webcams aren't really a big consideration for most consumers, as the majority of laptops and tablets come with built-in offerings.

But Logitech doesn't care about that. In fact, the company seems fully invested in provoking some sort of webcam renaissance with its latest product.

Logitech's Brio is the first ever 4K webcam, and comes packing a load of extra features to ensure your Skype calls look as pristine as possible.

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Scott Wharton, vice president and general manager of Logitech Video Collaboration, said: "With Brio, our goal was to create an elegantly designed, feature-packed webcam that anyone who is the slightest bit serious about video quality will want.”

The newly launched camera is available now for £209 in the UK, $199 in the US, and €239 in Europe.

Logitech has provided a 4,096 x 2,160, but the camera is also capable of shooting in 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 frames per second (Ultra HD), 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 or 60 frames per second (Full HD), or 1,280 x 720 at 30 or 60 frames per second (HD).

In order to stream at 4K resolutions, however, you'll need to hook the Brio up to a USB 3.0 port – the only connection capable of processing Ultra HD data in real time.

What's more, you'll also need to be using a computer that packs one of Intel's seventh generation 'Kaby Lake' processors, which support Ultra HD 10-bit HEVC decoding.

On the plus side, the Brio is capable of facial recognition, so if you do invest in Logitech's device and happen to be using Windows 10, you'll be able to use the Windows Home feature to log into your laptop using your face.

It also comes packing 5x zoom, along with support for Logitech RightLight 3 with HDR, which should make for great performance in all lighting conditions.

Users will be able to choose between a 65-degree, 78-degree, and 90-degree field of view, and there's also omnidirectional microphones, a privacy shade, and a flexible mount included.

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Let us know what you think of the new webcam in the comments.

Mike Fearn

February 7, 2017, 3:27 pm

Will the HDR works in 1080p 60fps or only using 4K. Just sending back a C922 as I was not impressed with the 60fps quality. Wondering if this will be better to stream live DJ sets at home. I really struggled with focus and a blurry picture on the C922.

Starvin Marvin

February 8, 2017, 3:24 am

We have the C910 model from a few years ago. It's an outstanding webcam by any measure; handles most lighting situations well and the stereo microphones are good up to about 10 feet away. One of the best features is the auto-focus which works up as close as about 4 or 6 inches from the camera so you can show something in closeup detail. A friend got a low price deal on a Microsoft 1080p webcam which had very good clarity and color, but the auto-focus continually kept going in and out of focus and the sound quality was obviously not as good as the Logitech. Anyway, the Logitechs also do face tracking, but the viewing angle is wide enough that we don't use that feature much. The only drawback for 1080p use is that you need a fairly powerful cpu, an Intel Core i5 or i7, etc. In another room we have a C270 and a C525 (i think that's the right model number) and they give solid results at 720p. Basically, Logitech stuff seems generally well made. If you wait 6 months this new Brio 4K model will probably go on sale at Amazon or Newegg at a more sensible price ....

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