Logitech ConferenceCam Connect Review | digital camera world


The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect isn’t the newest webcam on the block, having arrived in 2015. But it’s still an interesting product that deserves some attention. In short, it’s a webcam that, instead of clamping onto the top of a computer screen and focusing on a single person, is designed so that an entire meeting room can participate in a video call at the same time.

It’s battery-powered, and therefore portable, while packing impressive speakers and Bluetooth to amplify audio from whatever device the video call is taking place on. But, with a recommended retail price of $499 / £439 (although discounted at Amazon and elsewhere at the time of writing), this is a very expensive webcam with a small but specific target audience.

Specifications Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

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Resolution: 1080p Full HD

Field of view: 90 degrees

Frame rate: Not indicated

Digital Zoom: 4x

Microphone: 2x omnidirectional

Autofocus: Yes

Privacy cover: Yes, also serves as a remote control

Link: Mini USB, HDMI, Bluetooth

Main characteristics

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ConferenceCam’s biggest feature, by far, is its form factor, and how that leads to a larger camera and speaker system than almost any other webcam. Roughly the same size and shape as a first-generation Amazon Echo smart speaker, the cylindrical device has a Carl Zeiss lens with a 90-degree field of view, and the bottom half houses a system 360 degree audio with echo noise cancellation and Bluetooth.

The latter allows you to connect the ConferenceCam to your computer, greatly improving the audio quality of video calls.

An included wireless remote is useful for adjusting volume and zooming in or out. Since the ConferenceCam is designed to be placed some distance from those on the call, the remote control is a very useful feature to have. We also like how it has a mute button; it might seem obvious, but pressing a button on a remote to mute us during a call is much easier than reaching for a computer mouse and figuring out where the mute button is in Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams.

A built-in battery means the ConferenceCam can be used wirelessly (although still plugged into a computer with a USB cable) for up to three hours of video calls or 15 hours of Bluetooth audio. This makes it easy to move the camera between calls and means you don’t have to worry about finding a power outlet when you’re in an unfamiliar meeting room.

Build and manipulate

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With its metal casing and fabric speaker cover, the Logitech ConferenceCam has a premium look and feel that’s a world away from some other webcams. The remote cleverly serves as a privacy cover when not in use, magnetically snapping onto the front of the device and covering the lens, while touch sensitive buttons on top control power and switch between the trends.

There’s a manual scroll wheel under the camera to adjust its horizontal view, and the rear houses USB and HDMI ports, as well as a Kensington security slot to help prevent theft. Finally, NFC makes it easy and quick to pair the ConferenceCam with compatible devices, such as smartphones or tablets that can use the webcam as a Bluetooth speaker.

With a height of 304mm and a weight of 766g, the ConferenceCam is a large device that only really feels at home in a shared office environment. It’s certainly overkill for the home office, where webcams placed above computer screens make much more sense.

But, as we said before, this is a device intended for shared use, such as a corporate environment where multiple people want to sit around a table and participate in the same video call.

Performance

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With plug-and-play connectivity, no additional configuration or software is required. Simply plug the ConferenceCam into your computer with the included USB cable, and it will appear in the video calling application of your choice. The webcam is compatible with Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco Jabber, WebEx, GoToMeeting and others.

We found the video quality to be very good. And, while other (and much smaller/cheaper) webcams push more pixels than the ConferenceCam’s 1080p resolution, we think the larger lens helps produce better video quality. We also like the 90 degree field of view, although we would have liked to see Logitech push this even further, perhaps to 120 degrees.

The audio quality is really, really good, and where the ConferenceCam really rises above a more traditional webcam setup. Compared to a laptop with a built-in webcam and speakers, the Logitech offers a much better experience. But this experience comes at a high price.

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect: Verdict

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This really is a webcam for business users who need a portable, battery-powered device, and it’s very easy to quickly set up and host a shared video call in an office environment. It’s not aimed at consumers, who would be much better off buying a traditional monitor-mounted webcam for a fraction of the price.

We’re also concerned about the age of the ConferenceCam, as it arrived in 2015 and is now seven years old. Even in the frigid world of webcams, that makes it pretty old.

That said, if you’re a business customer who has the budget for a webcam to use in a shared meeting room, the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a well-designed product with excellent build quality, a smart design, good performance, and a feature set that will be very useful in most office meeting rooms.

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