Logitech C510 HD review: Logitech C510 HD

The Quick Capture function appeals to the vanity in all of us and offers a "photobooth" environment to take snapshots or videos of you and your friends. It's easy to toggle between photos and videos, and you can also control specifics like resolution, standard versus wide-screen lens, and minute visual settings like exposure, gain, contrast, and color intensity. You'll also notice three distinct Logitech additions: Follow My Face, RightSound, and RightLight.

Once enabled, Follow My Face keeps the camera centered on your mug and even zooms in and out as you move around the shot. In our brief experience, the feature worked great, although our personal preference is to control the movement of the camera ourselves--still, its easy to imagine the feature in a larger picture, being used to keep track of animals back at home or as an extra security measure in an empty apartment.

RightSound and RightLight are two auto-correcting software technologies that optimize the audio and exposure in poor video conditions. RightSound fixes a constant issue with most Webcams--the low hum of the host computer attached to the camera. Most users mount cams on the top of a laptop screen that easily picks up ambient noise from the computer processes; RightSound corrects this issue by canceling out ambient noise and adding clarity and resolution to the sound of your voice.

In our tests, the embedded microphone successfully picked up our voice over others in our office from up to 10 feet away. RightLight, on the other hand, performs the same service but fixes shoddy lighting issues by compensating for low exposures and adjusting hues based on ambient light and the distance from the camera to your face. The overall effect works fairly well, and we found ourselves keeping both features toggled during the majority of our testing.

Like the Microsoft LifeCam series, the Logitech software also gives access to a series of fun graphical overlays that add extra fun points to the experience. You can select from carnival filters that distort and stretch your face, and although the selection isn't as extensive as Microsoft's, you can actually download more from the Logitech Web site. We also enjoyed using the countdown timer while taking snapshots; it gives you time to center yourself in the camera as opposed to the instant shutter on the Microsoft LifeCams.

Logitech offers three video quality settings: Small (360p), Medium (480p), and Large (720p) in addition to toggling between standard and wide-screen formats. As described above, we successfully established video chat sessions using Skype, Google Chat, Yahoo Chat, and Windows Live Messenger with no hiccups during installation. Once in session, our contact on the other side described excellent audio quality from the Logitech C510 and sharp, but slightly choppy video on the 720p setting. As we suspected, they also preferred the lighting environment with RightLight and RightAudio "on."

Finally, Logitech understands the close relationship between Webcams and social networking and integrates easy one-touch access to send videos directly to an e-mail address, Facebook, and YouTube once you input your user name and password information. There's also an "empty" button labeled "Edit Video" that you can assign to your favorite motion-editing application like Adobe Premiere or Roxio Creator.

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  • Camera Type web camera
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