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1080p Webcam Battle: Microsoft LifeCam Studio vs. Logitech C920

  • Episode 336
  • February 25, 2014

There are a few webcams that claim to be 1080p, and we put two of the main ones head-to-head in a broadcast battle. The winner is an obvious one.

Topics Covered:

  • {play 4:05}New feature on our web site: Top Commenters.
  • {play 5:14}Hillary is back from Vacation and brought in some video footage to share.
  • {play 10:30}Feature: The Battle of the 1080p Webcams
    • Our comparison is with the broadcaster (not "normal home user") in mind.
    • Both the Microsoft LifeCam Studio and Logitech C920 can handle true 1080p video, although the software that comes with the LifeCam only supports up to 720p.
    • Both cameras can be mounted to a tripod, but the mount for the LifeCam Studio is better than that of the C920 (which may not fit all tripods).
    • The Microsoft camera has a better mount altogether.
    • The framerate of the Logitech C920 is excellent in all conditions. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio camera can get a good framerate, but it is inconsistent. In our live demonstration, the framerate of the Microsoft camera was terrible.
    • In low light scenarios, the C920 framerate stays consistent. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio clocks down the framerate to increase the luminescense of the scene, which results in choppy video. Fine for Skype, no good for broadcasting.
    • The auto focus of the Logitech C920 are fairly good. The auto focus on the Microsoft LifeCam Studio is useless and leads to the camera needing to be set to manual focus.
    • The Logitech C920 is persistent, so when you reboot your computer, the manual settings remain. The Microsoft LifeCam Studio requires you to reconfigure the camera after every reboot if you're using manual settings. This makes the C920 much easier to work with for broadcasting.
    • WINNER: For web broadcasting and HD YouTube video recording, the Logitech C920 webcam is a clear winner. The Microsoft camera is fine for home use, but not consistent enough for broadcasting.
  • {play 27:51}Viewer Question: How do these webcams work with Linux?
  • {play 29:00}Prize Giveaway: Telestream Wirecast 5 Professional Edition, a prize valued at $1,000.
    • Congratulations to tachos! We look forward to seeing your show.
    • Some of the uses of Telestream Wirecast include churches broadcasting their services, schools broadcasting graduation ceremonies or classroom presentations, sports complexes wanting to broadcast their games (including live scoreboarding), wedding videographers wanting to provide live streaming of the ceremony, and so much more.
    • Telestream Wirecast supports simultaneous streaming to multiple web services (CDNs) such as YouTube, USTREAM,, and more.
    • At the same time, Telestream Wirecast can record your live broadcast direct to disk in full HD (assuming your hardware supports the same).
  • {play 32:58}Top Stories From the Category5.TV Newsroom
    • Nokia is going Android.
    • Facebook’s WhatsApp will soon feature voice calling functions ala Skype.
    • The Bitcoin exchange MtGox CEO has stepped down.
    • A Canadian ISP has been ordered by the courts to hand over personal info of customers who have downloaded movies illegally.
    • Now you can store 128GB of data on a removable card smaller than your fingernail.
  • {play 38:39}The growth of capacity on unreliable flash media is getting to the point where users need to be very aware of the potential for data loss if they do not have a current backup of that data.
  • {play 40:36}Discussion: Off-site backups, the "cloud", storage and redundancy. Making sure your data is safe even if your system is stolen or destroyed.
  • {play 46:51}Protect your identity and online services by using incredibly strong passwords which you can remember. It can be done using Password Recipes.
    • Want to know how secure your current password recipe is? Visit
    • For our test recipes, we used:
      • Alpha-numeric, uppercase, lowercase, punctuation: Aj5!8*q - We found that a single desktop computer could crack this password in about one hour.
      • Favorite food, dog, uncle, computer: PizzaShandyBruce!MSI - We found that a single desktop computer could crack this password in 26 quintillion years.
  • {play 57:54}This week our unRAID server crashed due to at least one blown capacitor on the motherboard. Robbie replaced the motherboard and it came right up with no trouble.
  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball


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