Logitech launches the first 4K-capable webcams

Webcams these days are asked to do lots of things beyond simple video conferencing. Windows Hello turns a compatible camera into a biometric login device. Several competing technologies allow streamers to strip out backgrounds, sparing viewers the sight of a backdrop of empty Mountain Dew bottles, dirty socks, and depleted packets of Soylent. Logitech's 4K Pro Webcam and Brio Webcam go one step further, and are the first webcams to add 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution to their spec sheets.

Both models offer infra-red facial recognition and are compatible with Windows Hello. Logitech uses Personify's background replacement technology to let streamers be safe in the knowledge that their background will not distract viewers from their message. Logitech says the cameras' RealLight 3 HDR technology should result in clear images in all kinds of lighting conditions, from low light to direct sunlight. Dual omnidirectional microphones help users make themselves heard. Logitech also touts the cameras' 90° field-of-view, which can be software-limited to 65° or 78°.

The cameras will work with Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X 10.10, or Chrome OS 29 or higher. Logitech calls for a minimum of 2GB of memory and a lowly Core 2 Duo processor. We have a feeling a more powerful CPU might be required to effectively stream at 4K and use the background replacement features, though. For reference, Intel's RealSense F200 lists a minimum of a 4th-generation Core CPU. The notes say effective resolution under Windows 7 is limited to 1080p, too.

Logitech says the Brio is made for corporate buyers and that the 4K Pro Webcam is for home users, though the difference between the two models is unclear. The Brio is available now from Logitech's online store for $200. The company is accepting pre-orders for the 4K Pro Webcam at the same price, though there's no firm release date yet.

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    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    Let me see if I got this straight: the 4K Pro is for HOME use and the Brio is for corporate/professional use. I think the word “Pro” no longer means what it used to mean?

      • GrimDanfango
      • 3 years ago

      I’ve known for years that anything with the word “professional” on it specifically means “thing you’ll buy because you’re under the false impression we sell this stuff to actual professionals”.

      I mean, look at toothpaste.

      If you want to find real “pro” products… seek out the blandest, most uninteresting looking version of something… the one that comes in a brown cardboard box.

    • synthtel2
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]The notes say effective resolution under Windows 7 is limited to 1080p, too.[/quote<] Why might that be?

      • ClickClick5
      • 3 years ago

      Microsoft does not want to repeat an XP cling on forever setup again. I bet they are either making things difficult, or at least pushing companies with incentives to use the latest and greatest.

      Same kind of junk with the 4K bluray drives for the PC that Pioneer showed off a bit ago. Requires a Kaby Lake CPU. Have a Haswell-E CPU? Sorry.

        • synthtel2
        • 3 years ago

        For 4K blu-ray and similar DRM stuff, there’s at least a technical excuse (not saying it’s a good one). Here, it seems 100% arbitrary. I wouldn’t find it surprising if MS nudges standards processes enough to badly restrict things. I would find it very surprising if they can just say “hey Logitech, don’t enable all the features of your stuff on Win7, mmkay?”

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe the home version is optimized for low-light environments? About the only home users looking for webcams of this caliber are using them for things their parents wouldn’t approve of. πŸ˜›

      • Demetri
      • 3 years ago

      Now if only MFC will start streaming in 4K…

      • just brew it!
      • 3 years ago

      That was my first thought too… LOL.

      And appropriately enough, one of the sidebar ads when I loaded this page is for “Hot Latin Beauties Online”.

    • meerkt
    • 3 years ago

    Left: With Logitech 4K webcam. Right: With competitor’s HD webcam.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    Only need gigabit internet service to video conference!!

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Oh cool, now with RealLight 3 HDR technology you can let your webcam do the auto contrast stuff (at great cost, presumably) instead of the free software you’re using the webcam with like Skype, Gotomeeting or whatever.

    Seriously though, who would choose 4K30 instead of 1080p60? Especially since you have no control over the resolution of the people you’re streaming to. Chances are they don’t want to see what’s stuck in your teeth at 4K either πŸ˜‰

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I think I’ll stick to 1080p60. No desire to see people’s blackheads in 4K.

      With that out of the way, the other improvements are very much welcome.

        • chΒ΅ck
        • 3 years ago

        At the rate technology is moving, it might soon actually be more expensive to order 1080p sensors rather than 4k sensors due to production capacity.

      • hubick
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]who would choose 4K30 instead of 1080p60?[/quote<] In a long-distance relationship? Got a girlfriend who likes to cam for you? Give one to her! πŸ˜‰

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