Streaming has become the mecca of online entertainment in the past couple of years and Logitech wants the streamer to look as good as possible. The company has introduced the C922 Pro Stream Webcam that includes background replacement and hardware enhancements for a professional stream. The camera records video at resolutions of 1080p/30fps or 720p/60fps. More importantly, the picture adjusts to lighting and includes an auto or manual focus to fine tune the picture. The setup can sit on top of a monitor or it comes with a handy tripod and features a built-in microphone with stereo speakers. It can do even more with the proper software if you’re willing to pay the price.
The unboxing of the camera is simple enough. The camera sits on top and the tripod is tucked underneath already assembled. Plugging it in to the PC installs the hardware, but it’s not integrated into Logitech’s Gaming Software. This means the camera software, which allows for editing of settings, has to be downloaded. Trying out the built-in Windows 10 camera software, the picture blown up, no matter the lighting situation, comes across as grainy. Obviously with streaming, you won’t have a full screen picture, but it’s worth noting. No matter the size of the window, the camera is responsive with your movements.
The C922 already comes perched on an adjustable surface, so literally no assembly is required besides screwing it in to the tripod. The unit can then be locked in to place so it won’t get loose. The two stereo speakers on each side serve as omnidirectional microphones and do too good of a job capturing audio. Unfortunately in the stream I created playing Injustice 2, the sound from my speakers drained out my voice and played over top of the sound saved from the stream. You can watch my stream here. I’m sure better placement of the camera would have resolved this as I was using the tripod.
What is noticeable in that stream is the quality of the video itself. There’s no grain effect in the small window; it’s clear and responsive. The camera includes automatic low light correction and I actually adjust the lighting in the room midway through it. The camera does adjust to accommodate flickering room lights or multiple computer screens. When recording, the C922 also illuminates two white lights on each side that look cool. It’s a simple effect that makes the hardware look good in action.
The software capabilities were a bit more of a pain. These have nothing to do with the camera, itself, but rather the advertised features. One good thing to note is if your computer can handle it, you can run a better resolution and frame rate for your stream. This would be done through the third-party software. The camera comes with a three month XSplit Premium License, but good look finding where to enter the code in, as the XSplit software doesn’t allow you to input it anywhere. This is something that should have installed automatically when installing the camera and it wasn’t until later I stumbled upon the site to do it. Using XSplit also doesn’t like any type of overclocking software, so this is worth noting. I had a good bit of issues getting this up and going. Lastly, XSplit would never officially tie-in to my YouTube account.
To take full advantage of streaming, people have to pay a good bit of money. If you only stream to Twitch, it only saves videos for fourteen days if you don’t own a Twitch Prime subscription. I learned it goes deeper from here. Streaming from a console is simple. You hit a button, link your account to your system and you’re off. On PC, XSplit waters down its software and capabilities if you lack its premium license. On top of this, background replacement for your stream is offered as an option. Using Personify and Chromacam allow this to happen, but options are limited unless you pay for the software. I was not facing the camera, but when trying to do the background replacement, my image was blocky on the edges and it just didn’t look right.
Logitech should look into implementing the C922 or any of its webcams into the Logitech Gaming Software (update: this has now populated in the Logitech Gaming Software). If the focus is on streaming and that’s a part of gaming, there shouldn’t be a need to install camera software differently. All of Logitech’s other hardware populates in its application, so if this is gaming related it should be bundled in, as well. People who want to change the focus around and mess with the aperture should have this implemented with a live picture for adjustment.
With an MSRP of $99.99, the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is a heck of a camera. The quality and the technology of the C922 stand out in a professional manner. Fluid movement and light correction allow for a great picture. The dual microphones are great but you’ll need to verify the camera’s proximity to your speakers. The only drawbacks are the hassles with the software and the fact that paying for certain options is annoying, but that’s not a fault of the camera itself.