Logitech HD Webcam C510 review

A HD webcam that won't break the bank

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  • Good video quality
  • Good bundled software
  • Simple set-up


  • A bit wobbly on supplied desktop stand

Should you baulk at the cost of the FaceVsion TouchCam N1 then you will no doubt be happier to see that Logitech isn't asking anywhere near the £90-odd price tag slapped on that solid little number.

TheHD Webcam C510 comes in at a more pleasing £40, but doesn't have any of the Fischer Price stylings of the cheaper cams like Genius' offerings.

This is a sleek, black camera, that's more on the unobtrusive side than the showy. It's solidly made and comes with the now-traditional three-way connecting mechanism for mounting on your laptop, LCD display or desktop. Realistically though you're unlikely to want it stood on your desk as it's not entirely stable…

The C510 also comes with a packed bundle aside from the necessary evil of driver installation disks. It comes with a launcher for the camera which gives you access to a host of related apps that you can download for free to use with the C510. It also links in with any software ready to use the HD camera, such as the latest Skype client and Live Movie Maker too.

Aside from Skype it also comes with Logitech's own HD video calling app, called Vid HD. It's more basic than Skype, but that only makes it incredibly easy to use. Crucially it also works cross vendor so you're not restricted just to Logitech cams.

It's an excellent little cam, with a great bundle to boot. Well worth the £40 price tag.

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