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The Logitech “Brio”, A Seriously Cutting-edge 4K HDR Webcam With Biometric Support

by on February 8, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – February 8, 2017

It would be a bit difficult to argue against Logitech when they say that they’ve released “the best webcam ever” with the new Brio 4K web camera. This device certainly has a lot going for its claim to top spot.

For starters, the Logitech Brio 4K Pro webcam comes with (obviously) 4K UHD resolution. This alone is quite a nice new feature in a webcam though it’s hardly revolutionary or exceptional. What makes the camera and its ultra HD pixel count even more interesting though is the fact that it flows at a fairly smooth 30 frames per second and is further augmented by the inclusion of high dynamic range support when used with select types of devices and PC displays or TV screens acting as PC displays.

According to Logitech, the HDR features of the webcam are available due to a technology called RightLight 3, which is designed to provide high quality image rendering in especially bright or dim light environments, allowing for a much cleaner, sharper and more vibrant video conferencing experience.

Then there are the other goodies of the Logitech Brio. One of these is an infrared sensor for supporting the Windows Hello biometric authentication security system found in Windows 10. The Brio thus can be used as an integral part of your PC’s internal security systems. Furthermore, Logitech has given the Brio a 5x digital zoom and a changeable field of view for multiple conferencing formats. The FOV can be adjusted between 65, 78 and 90 degrees.

The Logitech Brio 4K webcam

For users who don’t want to use the camera in 4K or don’t have a 4K display to make the resolution worthwhile, the Brio also offers 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at a smooth 90fps.

It’s also worth noting that the HDR aspect of the Brio will be a bit limited in its usability on the consumer market. Some of the first ever PC displays with high dynamic range support and specs have only now begun to emerge and they will make up only a very tiny part of the overall PC screen market for some time to come. Of course, users can also work the Brio with a 4K TV acting as PC display but this too is hardly going to be a typical method of managing video chat and conferencing for most PC users.

Samsung's QLED 4K HDR monitors are among the few that offer high dynamic range PC display

Samsung’s QLED 4K HDR monitors are among the few that offer high dynamic range PC display

Then of course there are the price issues with PC displays that offer HDR. The models that are now being unveiled for release in the early months of 2017 mostly cost above $700 and the Brio itself is also not exactly cheap with its $200 price tag. The camera can of course also be used with any sort of ordinary HD PC monitor and a non-HDR 4K monitor but those who want to make use of its most expansive and impressive specs will have to fork over a bit of cash to do so. So too will the people they’re talking too. In other words, while the Brio might be a great webcam for fancier corporate settings and some entertainment uses, it’s not likely to be the first choice of many ordinary PC users, at least for now. Then again, this is a pioneering product and there’s a price to pay for being one of the first of a kind.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Gadgety
    February 13, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Valid points brought up, it’s ahead of the curve. I’m also concerned I’d have to hire someone to apply make up, style my hair, and set the lighting right because this webcam is going to be brutal in uncovering the slightest irregularity and any clogged pores.

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