An HD webcam great for live-streaming [daily podcasting photo #7]

Logitech C920 HD webcam

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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As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

8 comments on “An HD webcam great for live-streaming [daily podcasting photo #7]

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. peggyduncan says:

      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.

  2. John says:

    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 ?

    1. 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.

  3. porchhound says:

    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?

    1. 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.

      1. porchhound says:

        Daniel, as always, thanks for taking the time to reply!

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