If you want to live-stream your podcast, you need a good webcam. I've done it before with my Alienware's and then my later MacBook Pro's webcams, but the angle is awkward, inflexible, and the quality is usually lacking with built-in webcams.
I had always wanted a nicer webcam, especially something external that I could position wherever I want. That's when I got to beta-test a prereleased Logitech C920 webcam. I was allowed to keep it after the test, and I love it.
It's a full 1080p webcam with autofocus and a decent built-in mic. You won't get the quality of a multi-thousand-dollar camera, but you'll get something great for only $80. Combine this with mixing software, and you can get studio-quality video-mixing for a tiny portion of the price.
If you're looking for a great HD webcam, check out the Logitech C920.
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Have you tested the C910? The previous model is only $10 different on Amazon (though it stores it varies widely). I’ve been considering getting one of them pretty soon.
No, I haven’t tried the C910. But just looking at the design, I like the C920 better for how adaptable it is for different surfaces, or even a tripod.
I have the C920 because it has a tripod mount. I don’t know if the 910 has that, and this would definitely be a deal breaker. Video quality on the C920 is awesome! The only thing I don’t like is that Logitech uses some weird codec that none of my video editing software accepts (only sees the sound). I have to convert the .mp4 video to H.264 format before I can use it. Such an unnecessary step.
I want to show a nice view from my town, I watch many webcam on http://www.webcamguide.com , do you this Logitech C920 webcam is a good one for that ?
Yes, I think the C920 would be great for this, unless you want visitors to have control over the camera. Then you would need something far more advanced.
Daniel I keep running into these older posts (you are a very prolific contributor!) and had a question when you get time. I am already on a couple audio podcasts but I am looking to add video for a different project. I am a cowboy humorist (at least in my own mind) and i would like to record some of my work. Do you stand by this camera as a tool for that or is this just mainly for live-streaming podcasts?
This is primarily for live-streaming, but you _can_ use it to record other videos if you can take a computer with you. The most important thing is lighting.
Watch my video at http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/webcamlighting to show what a huge difference good lighting can make with even a webcam.
But for the best looking videos, I really recommend a DSLR or HD camcorder. Something with a big sensor inside.
Daniel, as always, thanks for taking the time to reply!