Logitech C922 Pro Stream webcam: is it worth the money?

Logitech C922 Pro Stream
Logitech C922 is an option that stands out from the dizzying array of webcams in 2019.

The Logitech C922 is a winner in our book. Capable of 1080p recording at 30 frames per second and 720p recording at 60fps, it’s simply one of the best webcams out there for most mainstream users and businesses.

In fact, in this day and age when laptops are more prevalent and webcams aren’t as much of a necessity for many users anymore, the Logitech C922 manages to shine with its capabilities and its extra features like the dual-microphones for stereo audio, which you won't find on every webcam.

The Logitech C922 also boasts the Logitech stand, which is versatile as it can easily be mounted onto most monitors or simply sit at your desk. Round those out with a solid low-light correction feature, the ability to remove and replace video backgrounds, and a 3-month license for XSplit Premium, and you’ve got a fine webcam that’s worth every penny.

If you’re seeking something with 4K and high frame rate capabilities, you might want to consider other options. However, if you’re looking to get into streaming, video chatting with friends and family, or doing more video conferencing for work, the Logitech C922 is an option that stands out from the dizzying array of webcams in 2019.

What you pay and what you get

Logitech advertises the C922 Pro Stream webcam at $99, but we've been able to find it for as low as $50 during sales. Black Friday always sees deep discounts at retail, sometimes bundled with other products. 

If the Logitech C922 Pro Stream checks all the boxes of what you need from a webcam, then by all means, go for it. It's a strong contender that can do a good job in a wide variety of applications, whether that's Skype calls with family, business video conferences, or game streaming. 

But, if you find yourself wanting more and have some budget room or you don't need all of the features and want to save some money, there are other options that may be more worthwhile.

It's good, but there are other options

If you're not trying to go for any fancy game streaming with high frame rate video or background replacements, you can get the more affordable Logitech C925-e, which is otherwise fairly similar to the C922 Pro Stream. One handy feature that comes with this webcam that the C922 lacks is a sliding privacy shade, so you can keep the webcam plugged in while knowing that any digital intruders won't be seeing anything.

Microsoft's LifeCam Studio is a simpler but more affordable webcam that drops the exciting features for a straightforward offering. It just uses a single mic, and it doesn't support 60fps recording, but it will give you Full HD resolution at a lower price. If that's all you're after, this will do.

Of course, there are some cameras that are a lot more exciting as well. They'll cost a bit more and have higher system requirements to get the full performance, though.

Creative's Senz3D is a little more expensive than the C922 Pro Stream, thanks to a price drop, but it's every bit as good a webcam. It supports 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps, plus it can handle background removal, and it uses dual mics for stereo audio. However, the Senz3D's advanced depth sensors also support facial recognition for Windows Hello, as well as hand and joint tracking for some advanced 3D applications, opening the door for some exciting avatar possibilities. 

For a simply better video experience, Logitech's Brio webcam takes the C922 Pro Stream's specs and dials them up. It can handle 4K HDR video with a wide 90-degree field of view, or you're able to bump down to 1080p at 60fps. Switching resolutions also gives you different field of view options and the ability to digitally zoom and pan. The catch: this webcam is more expensive than the C922.

Given the reduced price of the Creative Senz3D, we're inclined to go for that over the C922 Pro Stream even though the former is still a little more pricey. But, if you know you'll never use Windows Hello or other depth-sensing features and still want 1080p/30 and 720p/60, then the C922 is still a fine choice.

Mark Knapp

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