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Logitech's $199 4K Pro Webcam Packs HDR, 5x Zoom, IR Facial Recognition

When it comes to webcams for desktops, most of us likely want something that does one task, and one task only: capture a video image. We don’t care all that much about the image quality, although perhaps we don’t want the webcam to look all too clunky on top of our monitor. Today, Logitech announced BRIO – a 4K webcam for those of us who do care. The webcam is also known as the Logitech 4K Pro Webcam, and with it Logitech is stepping away from numbered product names for webcams such as the C920 or C930e, which didn’t give consumers much insight about the product.

What Can This Thing Do?

The Logitech 4K Pro Webcam comes with a 13-megapixel sensor that can stream, you guessed it, a 4K image, although you’ll be hard-pressed to find applications that support live 4K streaming for conferencing. Fortunately, the webcam comes with a heap of features beyond just a 4K resolution that make it interesting. For starters, aboard is a second infrared LED and sensor, which paired with the primary sensor and some software trickery makes the webcam Windows Hello certified, meaning you can use it for facial recognition as a login securely – the infrared sensor ensures that “hackers” won’t be able to login to your system by holding your family portraits in front of it. Allegedly, Microsoft even claims that the system is so accurate that identical twins won’t be able to log into each other’s systems.

Logitech Rightlight 3 and HDR ensure that the lighting will look notably better than most webcams in bright or high-contrast situations, and due to the large sensor, users can opt to adjust the viewing angle to 65-degree, 78-degree, and 90-degree fields of view. 4K streaming works at 30FPS, whereas the webcam can stream 1080p at 60FPS and even 720p at 90FPS. However, the 4K functionality only works when the webcam is plugged into a USB 3.0 port. It also comes with a 5x zoom feature with which it can stream a 1080p image zoomed in 5x without any upscaling.

Physically, the webcam comes not only with a standard adjustable clip you can use to place it atop your monitor, but also a tripod thread, privacy shutter, and a USB Type-C connector at the rear. Included with it is a USB Type-C to a USB 3.0 Type-A connector.

Is This The 4K Webcam You're Looking For?

If by now you’re asking yourself the above question, chances are that the 4K Pro Webcam is not for you. However, Logitech is targeting YouTube streamers that want an easy step up in video quality, as well as business users that need the additional security: the facial recognition may be highly valuable in certain branches and customs, and the background replacement or background blur may be useful in offices where sensitive information might be in sight. Currently, the background replacement feature isn’t quite 100%, but Logitech is working on improving it, and indicated that it's experimenting with the use of the IR sensor to improve the background/subject separation.

The Logitech 4K Pro Webcam is available immediately from Logitech directly if you absolutely have to have it today, and will be coming to e- and retailers over the coming weeks. Pricing sits at $199 in the U.S. and €239 in Europe.

  • ohim
    lots of things that you don`t really need from a webcam ...
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  • englandr753
    Agreed but for someone like me that has little kids that live 750 miles away, this is something that I would use and send to them so we have the best picture quality possible. I'd definitely pay this for 2 units for that purpose along with youtube videos. I guess I'm not in the normal consumer class but this is a product for niche purposes anyway.
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  • WFang
    Internet 'up' speed for most consumers can't even support reliable HD / 1080 streaming... Good luck streaming 4k.

    I wish symmetric 10/10Mbit was the standard default connection speed of every (residential) subscriber, and that it would just go up from there...
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  • ledhead11
    @WFANG, I totally agree. I've tried Skype with family who had 10mb connections and 1080 was an effort. When they upgraded to 20-40mb it became doable other than Skype's normal issues.
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  • CaedenV
    Finally! A web camera for the PC that almost stacks up to a cell phone camera!
    Seriously, we have needed this product years ago. Very happy we are finally getting it now.
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  • Farland_
    no one should pay $200 for a 4k webcam when a $350 full Mobile phone can give you better 4K Camera Plus a full pocket PC ...

    Samsung S6 can be found today for $350 and has a super 4k Camera . and you can find a used one for $200 ..

    Logitech think that they are still living in the 1990's when they could overprice their products without people noticing ...

    this webcam is worth $70 not any cent more .
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  • Farland_
    19264381 said:
    Agreed but for someone like me that has little kids that live 750 miles away, this is something that I would use and send to them so we have the best picture quality possible. I'd definitely pay this for 2 units for that purpose along with youtube videos. I guess I'm not in the normal consumer class but this is a product for niche purposes anyway.

    use your mobile phone , better camera and you wont need a PC as well . and you will end up with better quality 4k video
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  • Farland_
    19265858 said:
    Finally! A web camera for the PC that almost stacks up to a cell phone camera!
    Seriously, we have needed this product years ago. Very happy we are finally getting it now.

    use your phone camera as a webcam ... no one needs this 3x overpriced expensive camera ..
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  • alidan
    Now, on the software side, the video will compress like hell making it no better then 720p, actually worse because you increased the file size. The camera will not zoom in or out all the way without crashing, and because they refuse to record lossless audio, will compress even the best microphone to something that costs sub 5$ and you shove down your throat. now lets also have the camera only ever shown off in perfect lighting scenarios so you don't get any ghosting effect due to longer exposures, and if they dare to put out a video advertisement for it, lets post process the hell out of it and make damn sure not use use our own software for capture, have you used that crap?

    logitech can make good hardware, but their software is so bad it make the hardware so appealing.
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  • jn77
    Isn't 4k about 6 years ago now? Where are the 8k and 16k web cams? I mean really.... they are test brodcasting 16k in Japan. Always late to the game here.
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