titleLogitech has gone back to the drawing board and decided to redesign their latest line of webcams. Today's consumer demand great HD videos and photos, whether they are at home or on the go. Logitech certainly has the type of reputation of a company that could be expected to step up and deliver that kind of product. Today we are going to take a look at the Logitech C615 HD webcam. The C615 is a mobile HD webcam that has many features that you would expect and some that are brand new. Let's check it out. 

Product Name: Logitech C615 HD Webcam

Review by: Ryan

Pictures by: Ryan

 

Specifications


Full HD 1080p Video Capture

Up to 1920x1080 pixels

Auto Focus

Keeping your video and pictures clear and crisp

HD Video Calling

Up to 1280 x720 pixels

Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology

Software enhancement for smoother video, richer colors, and sharper pictures.

Photos

Up to 8 megapixels (software enhanced)

Built in Microphone

With automatic noise reduction

Universal Clip

Fits laptops, LCD or CRT Monitors

Works with

+ Windows Live™ Messenger

+ Yahoo! Messenger

+ Gmail by Google

+ Skype™  Certified

+ Logitech Vid™ HD

+ Facetime®

System Requirements

For Windows®-based PC or Mac®:

Windows® XP (Sp2 or higher), Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher

1 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM or more, 200 MB of hard drive space, Internet connection, USB 1.1 (2.0 recommended)

For HD 720P video calling (on Logitech Vid HD) and Full HD 1080p video recording: 2.4 GHz Intel® Core™2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 200 MB hard drive space, 1 Mbps upload speed or higher, 1280 x 720 screen resolution.

 

 


 

 

Packaging

Logitech bundled the C615 HD Webcam in a very convenient easy to grab and go package. Along with attractive blue and white colors that matches the standard Logitech product theme.  On the front you will see a clear view of the C615 webcam. Along with a few details on the stand out specs featured on this webcam, including the Full HD 1080p video recording, 8MP Photos, autofocus and the fold-and-go design. There is also a list of a few of the communication programs that you can use the webcam with.

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The left side of the packaging is where you will find all the webcam's impressive specs, along with the system requirements and a list of what is included in the box. Over on right side you will see an image showing the fold and go design. This also shows a comparison of the features on a small chart showing its younger sister the C525 and big brother the C910.

 

Installation

The included software was a snap to install. The software auto detected that the webcam was already plugged in my USB port, and was ready to go. It also detected that Skype was already installed on my system, which I can appreciate as I do not wish to reinstall Skype. After accepting the default prompts it downloaded the needed packages which took about one and half minutes. Then it took another two to three minutes to install the software.  Overall, installation was very easy and took around 5 minutes or less.

Software

The software lets you browse your picture and video files and setup quick uploads to Facebook and YouTube. There are different ‘apps’ inside the software for different functions, as well as more that you can get online. A couple interesting apps that you can get are ‘Motion Detector’ and ‘Fast Access’. Motion Detector is an app that will convert your webcam into a motion detection device, and can send you alerts if it detects motion when you are away. Fast Access can be setup to recognize your face and log you into Windows or websites. Some of the extra apps may be free and then some may come with a trial period and will require payment after a certain amount of time. 

 




Interface

Let's have a look at the webcam interface. The colors of the video seem bright and vibrant. You have options for Right Sound and Right Light. There are options to set the resolution, which I have set to the max for pictures at 8.0 MP. You can select standard or widescreen for the images as well as zoom in / zoom out controls and move the image around once zoomed in.

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Here is a look at the advanced settings panel. You can adjust a number of settings here, however the default settings were nearly perfect for my environment.


 

Performance

The software comes with a pretty standard array of effects, from different avatars, masks or items you can place on yourself in the video stream.

Video - The 1080p video looks really good for just standard video conferencing. Tests with Skype seemed clear and crisp.

Audio - The audio personally leaves a little to be desired. My office is a small to medium-sized room and the audio is not that clear to my tastes. There is no doubt that it is good enough to make calls and web conferences on. However if I were making a lot of videos for YouTube, I would personally prefer something with a little more clarity. The next model up in the Logitech 'C' series features a nicer mic, but you lose the foldable design, which is a nice selling point of the C615.

I decided to try the one click video upload to YouTube. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive going in as I have witnessed other webcam software packages fail when uploading to Youtube. The Logitech software worked like a dream and the video uploaded with zero issues. I simply recorded a video, selected the video, pressed the YouTube icon, typed in my credentials, and pressed 'Upload Now' and away it went!

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Overall

Overall, I feel that this webcam does perform well for an HD Webcam. The video is crisp and clear, even in a dark room. It has decent built-in audio along with some nice portable features as well. The software is dead simple and performed without glitches or fuss. Logitech created a webcam that is easy to mount and is versatile enough to fit on virtually any monitor out there. The foldable design is a nice feature if you are wanting to throw the webcam into a bag and not have to worry about damaging it.  I would recommend this webcam to others for the simple operation and the satisfying quality of the video and decent audio for web chats and videos.

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