The Good 720p HD video and 8 megapixel snapshots; "RightLight" sensor and "RightSound" microphone feature boosts clarity and automatically adjusts for best lighting; clever video effects enhance fun factor; 360-degree panning.
The Bad Video quality gets choppy at higher resolutions on slower systems.
The Bottom Line The Logitech C510 HD Webcam is an inexpensive solution for computers that don't come with built-in cameras. Its 2-megapixel sensor takes 8-megapixel snapshots, and 720p HD video performs well with video-chatting programs like Skype, Google Chat, and Windows Live Messenger. With a handful of extra features like one-click uploads to YouTube or Facebook and fun video effects, the Logitech HD Webcam C510 is a worthwhile buy.
Logitech C510 HD
The $60 Logitech HD Webcam C510 is slightly fancier than its linemate, the C310, but for $10 more you get a significantly better-quality camera with 8-megapixel capacity snapshots and full 720p wide-screen HD video for chatting with friends on programs like Skype and Yahoo Messenger. We also appreciate its ability to swivel 360 degrees on its base for full pans, and the accompanying Logitech Webcam software makes it easy (and fun) to upload your goofy photos and video to social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. If you're in the market for an aftermarket Webcam, the Logitech HD Webcam C510 earns our recommendation.
Like the C310, the C510 is also designed to mount on both desktops and laptops thanks to the two joints built into the base that allow it to brace against a monitor. We had no problem connecting the Webcam to a variety of screens and computers, but the camera tends to move around if you bump the table, so we're hoping the next version will have some kind of locking mechanism to keep the camera still on its base. In terms of build quality, however, we prefer the C510 because of its ability to rotate 360 degrees (the C310 could only move left and right), which makes it easy to change camera orientation on the fly without physically taking the camera off your computer.
Installing the C510 requires a simple installation of the driver disc included in the box, but before the program launches the installer file, the CD will automatically search for updates online, a feature lacking on the competing Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 series.
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