Logitech 720p Webcam C310 review
A 720p resolution webcam from Logitech
Another good webcam with an affordable price is the Logitech 720p Webcam C310 one. Customers worldwide praise it for its performance, audio quality, ease of use and other pluses. We invite you to read our test and review and see if it is all true.
No stationary support
When it comes to design, the Logitech Webcam C310 comes with a small oval camera that is attached to a base mount made of plastic; it is supported by two swivel points underneath, which make positioning it on a desktop monitor an easy operation. Unfortunately, the device has no stationary support, so it can fall off from the computer very easily. Another con we noticed when we tested the web cam: we couldn’t move it left to right; when we wanted to pan across the room we had to lift the Logitech HD C310 off our PC. The main menu enabled us to snap pictures, make a video call, video chat and much more.
Compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard
As mentioned earlier, this webcam is very easy to install once taken out of the box thanks to the CD that comes with the device; using it is also extremely easy. Before installing this device, though, you’d better check online for requirements, as your computer must support 720p recording and video calling, 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Windows 7, 2GB of memory and at least 200MB of storage. After installation, the software automatically checked online for updates; when we reviewed other web cams, they didn’t come with this added bonus. You will be glad to know that the device is also compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
Impressive video and sound quality
Taking 5-megapixel pictures, video chatting, making a video call and the like were possible via Logitech’s C310 pre-installed apps, such as Logitech Vid HD video chatting software, Skype, Gmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Movie Maker and Video Chat. All of them worked flawlessly: the webcam offered superb video and audio quality during Skype, Yahoo, Google and Windows Live Messenger chat sessions The web cam also features a Get More Apps button that you can click if you want access to other applications.
RightLight and the RightSound technologies
Now let’s some of the technologies used by this web cam. The RightLight and the RightSound ones compensated for low exposure, adjusted the distance from the camera to our face and the hues based on ambient light, optimized the exposure and audio when we encountered poor light and erased background noise. Also, the web cam’s built-in microphone was able to pick up our voice while discarding others from a distance of up to 3 meters. The Quick Capture offered the possibility to take a photo of ourselves and our friends in a photobooth-like way; we easily controlled exposure, contrast, resolution, color intensity and much more in order to get the best photo possible. The webcam can move and at the same time center on your face while you move around it with the help of the Follow My Face feature.
Countdown timer included
If you want to add funny effects to the pictures taken with the Logitech 720p Webcam C310 you can do so by using the device’s pre-installed graphical overlays, such as carnival filters. Although the offer wasn’t that generous, we simply accessed Logitech’s Internet page and downloaded more of these effects from there.
Another plus for this device: its countdown timer. It gave us plenty of time, before taking a picture, to arrange the best position to appear in so that we didn’t risk being caught sneezing.
Here ends our test and review of the Logitech 720p Webcam C310, a good option if you consider getting yourself a new webcam.
|Specifications||Digital video capture resolution||Up to 1280 x 720 pixels|
|Image Capture Resolution||Up to 8 megapixels interpollated|
|Power||Powered by the USB port|
|Expansion / Connectivity||Interfaces||USB 2.0|
|Software / System Requirements||OS Required||Windows XP (SP2 and higher), Windows Vista, Windows 7|
|(32-bit or 64-bit)|
|Min Processor Type||2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|RAM||2 MB RAM and more|
|Min Hard Drive Space||200 MB|
|Software Included||HD Vid Logitech|
|– Logitech RightLight 2 Technology|
|Video and picture capture|
|Magix Photo and Video editing|
|1-click Facebook and YouTube HD-upload (registration required)|
|– Logitech ® Video Effects : fun filters, avatars, face accessories, video masks and mask maker|