Logitech recently released the follow up to their incredibly popular C920 webcam called the C922. This budget webcam is designed explicitly for twitch streamers.
The reason this webcam is in our budget list is that it offers two things for the price of one, specifically 720P at 60 FPS and automatic background removal aka green screen.
First of all, you have a webcam that streams at 1080P at 30 FPS and 720P at 60 FPS, and both use H264 compression.
Another Flagship feature is the automatic background removal, which uses Personify software to separate you from the background through image analysis. So you don’t necessarily need to get a green screen.
This does feel like a quality product. It’s mostly plastic, but it still feels sturdy and all the hinges and joints moving very smoothly. And there are three different hinges on it for adjustment,
Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – Full 1080p HD Camera – Background Replacement Technology for YouTube or Twitch Streaming
One to tilt the camera up and down, one on the body to latch it onto your monitor and a third segment that allows you to adjust the angle of the bottom section to fit flush with your monitor.
There’s also a screw mount on the bottom in case you wanted to mount it to a tripod.
The video quality is arguably the most crucial part. We found the video quality to be quite excellent, especially for a webcam. At 1080p it’s surprisingly sharp and has very little noise in normal lighting conditions.
The video looks especially good if you turn up the sharpness a little bit higher than what comes default. Even in sub-optimal lighting conditions, we found the noise to be almost unnoticeable.
Also, unlike its predecessor, this webcam seems to be able to hold a constant 30fps easily. Now at 720p things get a little bit interesting. The 60fps is nice, but there are a couple of things we noticed about the video.
At 60 FPS the video appears to be much less sharp but not just as a consequence of the lower resolution. Everything looks much more smooth with a lot less detail, and this only happens at 720p and only when 60fps is enabled not when it’s at 30fps.
If we had to guess, it appears like the camera is applying an extreme noise reduction at 720p 60fps.
This would make sense because at 60fps it means that half the shutter speed, therefore, getting half the amount of light into the camera, which means there would be double the amount of image noise usually.
The point of noise reduction filters in any camera is to reduce the image noise at the cost of detail, and that’s what appears to be happening here.
However, we found no way to remove this effect even in excellent lighting and cranking up the sharpness doesn’t do anything in this case because the detail is already gone.
We appreciate the noise reduction, but we think it’s unfortunate not to be able to disable it, especially in cases where we can provide adequate lighting.
We think the noise reduction effect looks worse than what the noise would be, which undermines the video quality at 60fps.
Now besides all that, another exciting thing we found about this webcam is it’s not just limited to 1080p it does 2503 x 1536 resolution although at a reduced framerate.
The C922 also offers a lot of customizability in the image settings, it includes standard configurations such as brightness contrast and sharpness, but unlike most webcams, it does allow for manual focus.
The webcam does have a setting called low-light compensation, which will lower the frame rate if it needs to properly expose the image, so keep that in mind if you’re using 720p at 60 FPS you might want to disable that.
Automatic background removal uses software called personify, which analyzes the image and uses contrast and recognizing shapes to separate you from the background.
We got a lot of mixed results with this; if you have a hectic and messy background, it’s going to have a lot of trouble. We found it often cutting off the arms, especially if they were moving in front of the webcam.
Automatic background removal also tends to insert a lot of stationery stuff from the background and think it’s part of you.
However, in front of a more simple background, it is significantly improved. It’s still not great, it keeps cutting off part of the head for example, but at least it can outline the general shape of the body.
Works with Live Stream Software
We should also note that this feature only works at 720p and below, but the nice thing about the personify software is it outputs the processed video to a virtual video device so you can use it with any software right out-of-the-box like OBS and Xsplit.
Our main issue with this background removal is the edges look jaggy, they don’t look perfect, although it does appear to have better anti-aliasing.
We would like to see Logitech add a feature that allows us to adjust the mask settings; for example, we can change how the edges look.
The background removal is a nice feature to have but it still just looks like an awful green screen, so we think you’re better off only using a regular square webcam view.
Let’s quickly go over the microphone which as you would expect from a webcam it’s not very good it’s not horrible if you have nothing else, it sounds pretty good, and we’re not too much background noise.
But if you want proper audio you’re going to have to go with an external microphone.
We should mention that there are two options for when you go to buy this webcam, there’s the C922 to and the C922x, it’s the same webcam they just come with different things in the box.
The C922 includes the webcam, a three-month xsplit premium license, and a mini tripod, where’s the C922x does not include the mini tripod, but rather includes a six-month xsplit premium license.
Overall, we’re delighted with this webcam, and we have very few negative things to say about it. Most importantly the video quality is excellent even in relatively low light, and it’s crystal clear, especially if you bump up the sharpness.
60 Frames Per Second
The 60fps frame rate at 720p is a useful feature if that’s something you’re looking for. The background removal is helpful, but in our opinion, it’s not that good, and that feature alone isn’t enough to justify the purchase of the camera, it works only if you have the ideal conditions to support it such as a blank wall behind you.
We think that the main thing that needs to be improved is the apparent noise reduction filter they apply at 60fps, it’s too strong and destroys the sharpness in the video, and makes the video look very strange.
Although this webcam is on the pricier end of our budget, we think it offers the best-bang-for-your-buck if you need a green screen and a webcam for twitch streaming.