Last week Logitech announced the companies new BRIO 4K Pro Webcam which is the first consumer webcam to not only include full 4K resolutions for video but also happens to be only the second Windows Hello compatible device to use with Windows 10's biometric login process.
The hardware has some impressive specs and comes with a $199 price tag. When combined with the Windows Hello capability and the multiple resolution options for UltraHD (Max 3840x2160 at 30FPS) and Full HD (1920x1080 at 60FPS), this could be a solid investment for someone who live streams a lot of content through sites like YouTube and Vimeo. The added bonus of getting the Windows Hello option, which is a pretty cool login process, might be enough to tip the scales in favor of the Logitech BRIO.
Its closest competitor and the only other Windows Hello compatible device available to consumers, the Razer Stargazer, retails for $149 but only delivers Full HD 1080p at 30FPS and 720p at 60FPS compared to BRIO's much higher resolutions mentioned above.
Like I said, if you make your living doing online videos and live streaming, then the Logitech BRIO delivers the best possible options on the market right now.
There are two different sets of packaging for the Logitech BRIO. In these unboxing images you will see the business/commercial packaging for the device however, the hardware in this package compared to the retail packaging is the exact same stuff including the accessories. Nothing is different between the two items including the price.
On Windows 10 Current Branch (Version 1607 Build 14393.693) and the latest Windows Insider Fast Ring Build (15031) for the Creators Update, the BRIO was immediately recognized with no additional driver downloads necessary.
As for esthetics, this is a very compact and sharp looking webcam. The included clip and the standard tripod thread allow it to be mounted in any number of ways which gives live streamers and video junkies multiple options for perspective/angles on their videos. Since the webcam does not have a molded USB connection, it just has a female USB Type-C connection port on the back, it means it can easily be packed up in its carry bag and travel with you without bending that connection.
Later today I will be posting a closer look at the Logitech Camera Settings App, the process of setting up the BRIO to use with Windows Hello, and some sample still images.