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Logitech C922 Pro Stream WebCam: To Stream or Not to Stream?

By Christopher Bowman on May 25, 2018 | Hardware Reviews | Comments

Logitech C922 Pro Stream WebCam: To Stream or Not to Stream?

As gamers we have come a long way since the days of Atari and Nintendo Entertainment Systems, we have evolved to having computers that allow us to process more and more data and play bigger and better games. What fun is it to play alone when there are so many people out there who might join in the fun with us? With the Logitech C922 Pro Stream WebCam we are able to push the boundaries of video game streaming and reach more people with a crystal-clear picture. Streaming is where people are seeing unspoken rewards and that is why this camera makes a lot of sense for gamers today.

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Specifications

  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Resolution and Framerate: 1080p/30FPS, 720p/60FPS/30FPS
  • Dimensions Without Clip: 1.14 in (29mm) x 3.74 in (95mm) x 0.94 in (24mm)
  • Dimensions with Clip: 1.73 in (44mm) x 3.74 in (95mm) x 2.80 in (71mm)
  • Weight including clip and cable: 5.71 oz (162 g)
  • Cable Length 5 Ft (1.5 m)
  • Technical Specifications: Works with XSplit and OBS.
  • Package Contents: Webcam, Tripod, User Documentation, 3-month premium XSplit license
  • 2-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

Coming in at $99.99 the Logitech C922 is one of the better options for gaming cameras right now. The camera is lightweight and compact, which makes it easier to use for those of us with restricted areas for positioning a camera. This version also ships with a tripod for even more flexibility in positioning. If you look closely it almost looks like you are looking at Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, and yes, I am really showing my age with that reference, but it doesn’t change the fact that I call my camera Johnny now. While streaming, OBS and XSplit are the best programs to use with built-in support, however, other programs like Streamlabs OBS and the camera will work just fine.

Another excellent feature of the C922 is ChromaCam. Now, if you’re a streamer like me, you know the value of setting up a green screen and using filters in OBS or XSplit. If you don’t, imagine being able to cut out the background, allowing you to appear purely over gameplay (or another background of your choice). If you’ve ever tried, you know the unexpected challenges that can occur.

Well, good news for those of you who know the struggle: ChromaCam is essentially a built-in green screen for your camera. You have the ability to have a blank background or to add images directly behind what the camera identifies as the streamer. This works very well with programs like OBS and XSplit with software from the Logitech website, but it doesn’t work at all with Streamlabs OBS.

Speaking of streaming, the Logitech C922 comes HD ready and allows you to stream Full HD at 1080P at 30FPS and 720P at 60FPS. If you’re willing to drop to 720 to achieve the higher framerate, this will allow your own capture to match your gameplay if you’re already streaming with a 60FPS output. This all gives you a greater range of stream quality to play around with.

The C922 allows you to get fast, smooth uploads with H.264, a common compression technology that utilizes less network bandwidth. Aside from these definite steps up in visual enhancements, this webcam also comes with Automatic Low Light Correction, which is very effective. This allows your stream to clear up even in the dimmest of light. At the moment, it’s no exaggeration to say that the C922 Pro Stream may be the best low light streaming cam available at the moment and certainly for this price.

The camera also comes with two built in omnidirectional microphones. It won’t replace a dedicated mic but will allow the stream to go on if yours is on the fritz. It’s also perfectly fine for more casual uses, like Skyping with long distance family.

My time with this webcam has proven fruitful and my stream quality has improved because of it. My old Logitech webcam was a few years old and maxed at 720p with a low frame rate, and it was flickering and causing quality issues due to its age. Now, streaming on Twitch has become a more enjoyable experience for myself as well as my followers. 

Final Thoughts

To conclude, the Logitech C922 takes your audio and video quality to the next level with its high resolution, frame rate, and built in ChromaCam technology. If you want to improve your stream immediately without breaking the bank, then this camera is definitely worth a second look.

Pros

  • Improved Streaming at 1080p and 720p
  • Built in dual microphones
  • Wide angle camera picks up more
  • One of the cheaper pieces for a streamer to get

Cons

  • The microphones work but you could get a better mic and disable these ones for improved quality.
  • Unlike some of its predecessors this camera doesn’t have a 360 rotation without the tripod.
     

The product discussed in this article was provided by the manufacturer for the purposes of review.