Review: A Top-Value Webcam

Our score: 4/5
Reviewed: November 16, 2012 9:48 AM
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Published: November 16, 2012 9:48 AM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Logitech is now selling the C525 as a replacement for the C510 webcam. In reality, though, it's basically just a clone of the previous model, with the same 720p sensor and a flip-out stand. This very practical design means that with the stand folded up, the C525 is small enough to slip into a pocket or bag. On top of that, this webcam has a selection of advanced functions, such as face tracking, a digital zoom and an autofocus.

Design and Hardware

This webcam is made from a mix of matte and glossy black plastics. The general finish is good and the C525 feels like a sturdy product.

Like Logitech's C920 top-of-the-range webcam, the sensor is positioned in the middle of the casing. However, there's no second microphone here—sound is recorded in mono rather than stereo. This might be a problem for some users, but for most people mono sound is still fine for chatting via Messenger, Skype, etc.

Logitech c525 review - stand and camera

The fold-up stand in the C525 lets you swivel the webcam 360° horizontally while also tilting it vertically (see above). The clip-on attachment is pretty standard fare. However, the stand isn't as stable as it could be when standing on a flat surface (table, desk, etc.).

The Logitech C525 has a 720p sensor that can film video in 1280 x 720 pixels or shoot 2-Megapixel still photos (without interpolation). The internal software lets you push this up to 8 Megapixels with interpolation, but it's a pretty much pointless function.

Image Quality

Logitech C525 webcam review - test scene in good light

In good light, image quality is excellent with this webcam. Plus, Logitech seems to have made progress since the C510, with an image that's less harsh and generally more pleasant. The high framerate keeps the image looking clear, even with fast movement.

Logitech C525 webcam review - low light

In low light, the C525 webcam gives above-average performances. Like all other webcams, it's obviously less responsive in low light, but quality is still perfectly acceptable for video chat. What's more, video noise is kept in check nicely. The image can sometimes look a bit dark, but you can brighten things up by increasing the video gain and reducing exposure. Note, however, that this will lead to a slight drop in framerate and the image will therefore look less smooth.

Audio Quality

We were pretty impressed with the microphone in the C525. Voices sound perfectly clear. The webcam even manages to keep background noise to a minimum. It's perfect!
4/5 Logitech C525 DigitalVersus 2012-11-16 10:48:00

Pros

  • Picture quality and audio quality
  • Product finish
  • Easy-to-use software

Cons

  • Stand isn't that stable on a flat surface or a laptop screen
  • Image definition drops in low light

Conclusion

The Logitech C525 webcam boasts image quality worthy of a high-end model. In fact, it's one of the best-value webcams on the market right now. You'll be hard pushed to find a better option at this price!

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