Logitech - TV Cam HD
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Compatible with most HDTVs with an HDMI input
For wide-ranging use.
For video chatting with friends and family.
Offers a clear view of an entire room to get the whole family in on the conversation. Carl Zeiss optics and Fluid Crystal technology deliver sharp video in 720p resolution.
Alerts you to incoming video chat invitations like a telephone, whether your TV is on or off.
Video calls and video conferencing require an Internet connection.
- Logitech TV Cam HD
- 6' HDMI cable, AC adapter
- Owner's manual
- Built-In MicrophoneYes
- Camera DesignFor HDTVs
- System RequirementsHDTV with an HDMI port; high-speed Internet connection
- High DefinitionYes
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 146 reviews(146 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good for SkypePosted .
Health issues with a family member limited travel, so we had already been doing Skype on PCs, Ipad, and Ipods and wanted an easier, more comfortable way to do it than having them to go to the computer. Thought I had purchaced Smart TV with Skype capability but after purchaced was not the case. Otherwise a good reviewed low priced 50" LED TV made by Vizio. Skype had a couple ways listed on website using different products to work on large TVs. The Logitech TV Cam HD although pricey, was the most resonable way to make it happen, and possibly the least expensive overall. It was available at Best Buy and they do have a good return policy, so decided to try. Read reviews online and was somewhat concerned about problems, but really very easy to set up and have not had any problems with reentering skype information. Very easy for family members I gave it to. The TV had a HDMI control feature so if the TV was off and if they heard the device ring and they used the Logitech controller it would turn on the TV and get to the right HDMI input to see the Skype session. Also switched to Skype session if they heard it ring and used the controller, if they were already watching TV. Really easy for them and the zoom features are good. Quality of picture and sound is mostly excellent. Some A/V stuttering but probably from the internet connection speed and not the device. I also liked the fact that in the controls you can set what hours if someone calls it will not ring. Probably better than having a cam that is just on and showing availability when the TV is on, but at least that way you know hopefully someone is there ready to Skype. Using this setup it always looks like they are ready to Skype, but still may be able to get them if TV is off. Will probably get one for my own home use with an older 40 " LCD for the family, because it does look easier to get lots of people like I have in my family together at one time. Also will help the NSA keep track of us easier ; )I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Works as advertised, but bad security.Posted .
The good: Easy set-up, picture is great, just works, no fuss as a dedicated Skype camera without needing a computer. The bad: No security settings - if it is left on, people who Skype call can see you without the TV being on. Would have had 5 stars if it could be left on. It auto answers anyone calling, even with TV off (a good idea, but not implemented with any privacy consideration or security concerns. Result, people can see you without you knowing they are watching. I did not know about this "feature" until my son called us, the TV was off and we weren't in the room. Fortunately, he only saw us having a group of friends over and not something that would have embarrassed us. Logitech manual and web site offers no instruction for this "feature" or how to turn it off or any other security options, especially for those of who are not Skype literate. Conclusion: Must turn it off between Skype calls if you value your privacy (or don't want to shock callers).No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for nontechy peoplePosted .
In full disclosure, I got the Logitech TV cam HD free as a review unit so some may see my review as biased but I'll try to be as impartial as possible in my review. I really liked this unit as an easy one-stop device for Skype video and audio calling. It's really user friendly with easy set up so that a nontechy can put it together and get started. The camera image is pretty good and the built in microphone is acceptable. I compared the image quality to my HD Pro webcam C910 and found it comparable. The C910 though is used with software driver on a computer so it has a larger set of options than the TV Cam. Because of it's ease of use and utility, I gave a rating of 8 on a scale of 10. Likes: Ease of set up and ease of use. The ability to use it without a computer is awesome. Just hook it up to an HDMI device that has a speaker, a router or switch, and a power source and you're set to go. The set up of the Skype application was very easy and got online within 10 minutes of opening the box. This unit works on both wired and wireless networks which is really nice. It automatically detects he network and selects it. An interesting feature/bug is that you can't have a wireless connection when you've got the camera plugged in to an active wired network. The user interface won't attempt to detect the wireless network if attached to a wired connection. Since it works wirelessly, this camera is very easily used as a security/baby monitor. It doesn't have to be connected to a display to work so you can set the Skype account to automatically accept calls and you can call it using a mobile phone, tablet, computer, etc.. to see what the camera sees and hears: Very cool. The camera has a built in speaker for a ringer which is really convenient if you want to turn off the display or if it goes to sleep. You're alerted to the incoming call and all you have to do is hit the select button on the remote and you answer the call. You just won't know who the caller is though since the display is off. The ring tone is that of an old fashioned metal phone ringer. If you don't like it, you're sort of out of luck since there isn't the option to select a different ring tone. The device has a really cool feature in that when you miss a call, a mail icon is lit on it so that even though the display or tv is sleeping or is off, you can see that you missed a call. Very cool idea. As is often the case, making things easy to use often results in limits to features. I'll categorize my negative findings as those that I find critical, significant, and annoyances that I can live with. Critical: There's no on/off switch. The unit stays on or you have to unplug it from the power source. In these days of going "green", one would think you could turn the device off as you wish. I really don't understand the movement for not being able to switch off powered devices. My Roku device has the same issue, and maybe I'm old fashioned but this drives me crazy. The Left/Right and Up/Down panning didn't work using the remote control. When I try to pan the camera in any of the four directions within the video settings so that I can set the video field for Skype, the camera won't pan in these directions. Zoom In and Zoom Out work fine but on my unit, L/R and U/D don't work most of the time. I did get it to work once or twice but pointing the remote at the device differently didn't change the camera's response. I'm not sure what I did the one time it did work. I can see the light coming out of the remote on the video image though so I know it's not the remote. I would suggest that in a future version of the software, that there be an indicator on the screen that shows when the zoom and panning is occurring. Right now, all you see is the image changing, so when you don't see the image changing, you don't know if it's the remote, or if it's the device, or something else. At least with some sort of indicator, one would see that the device is detecting the remote but is not responding for some reason. After talking to Logitech, I learned that since the camera doesn't have a way to mechanically pan in different directions, if you're not zoomed into an image, you can't pan left or right. The panning is only available within the image range of the lens. Significant: Using the device with Wifi seemed to degrade the video performance. I'm using an 802.11AC router so throughput from the device to the router shouldn't be the cause of the stuttering I saw in the video calls. I didn't see any way to determine the connection speed of the device so I couldn't troubleshoot why the video quality was worse. Furthermore, when I used the wired connection on the camera, it was a wired connection to a wireless bridge. This connection produced a much better video performance. I'm not sure whether it's for ease of use or if it's due to memory constraints but the Skype software that is integrated into the camera unit does not have all the features found on the desktop software. The significant omissions are the ability to send and receive SMS, and picture messages. There's no way t even know that someone has sent one to you with the current software so that you can get on a computer and see it later. I found that kind of a problem since I often get texts while I'm away from Skype within Skype; usually from those out of the US. The C910 software comes with some features that are controlled by driver software installed on the computer like auto focus, auto gain, etc. Since the software on the device is limited, many of these features are missing. The integrated speaker on the device is for the ringer only. It won't transmit the audio of the connection. This is significant because if the display or speakers connected to the display is off, there's no way to answer the call and determine who is calling, or to tell the caller to wait a minute until the video comes up. You can answer the call by hitting the select button on the remote before the display fully comes up so that you don't lose the caller but you won't know who it is until it does come up. It would be nice to answer the call when I hear the ringer and to be able to at least have a voice conversation with the person so that I can tell them to wait a minute for the display to come up. The Skype software retains a list of missed calls and lights up an indicator on the physical unit when they come in. This is kind of nice as I noted above. The management of the call list however is kind of clumsy. You can't remove individual calls from the list, you can only remove the entire list. In addition, if that list is long, the only way to clear them is to scroll all the way through the bottom of the list to the "clear list" selection below. Kind of a pain if you've let that list get kind of long before you delete it. Furthermore, the software indicates how many calls you missed at a glance with a small dot with the number of missed calls on a tab on the left of the screen but the individual calls are not marked in any way. It's kind of like the indicator Apple uses on the iPhone that shows how many emails you have unread, except on the iPhone, each individual email is marked as unread too. The way you remove this indicator is to review the caller profile of one of the missed callers from this page. The problem is that the total number of missed calls disappears when you select any one of the unanswered calls. So let's say you left several missed calls on the list and you've cleared the missed calls number during your last session. Then say you missed 7 calls while away from the tv. When you get back to the tv, you notice that you've missed 7 calls, and you scroll down the list to see who called. First, you have to count down the list to see which 7 call you actually missed since the last session since the individual calls are not marked. In addition, If you happen to look at the profile of one of the callers to call them back, you lose the number of calls that went unanswered. Again not a back breaker but really annoying and possibly a significant issue if you rely on Skype for important calls. Can live with: When I ran the Skype video test call, I have trouble with the system detecting my voice. It ran fine with the audio test call but while running the video test call When I used the video calling on Skype, the audio quality was just as good as when I used my C910 camera so it was acceptable. I'm not sure why the Skype test call didn't work well. So overall I like this device and would suggest it t anyone that is not technically oriented. Several issues might need to be resolved however before it becomes a huge success.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Easy Video Skype CallsPosted .
This is a great TV if you want to turn any HDMI capable TV into a big screen Skype video chat system. Rather than having to drag out the computer each time, get it set up and chat with a small screen, now you and the family can sit on the couch and make video calls from your TV. The video isn't perfect, but what video on Skype is, it can be a bit blocky and fuzzy, but not so much as to make this a great way for families to stay in touch and see each other. I especially like the fact that the system keeps you logged in, if you want, and will ring even when your TV is off, making this just like a home phone, just with video. I understand Logitech is no longer making this camera, but will likely be releasing a new one, perhaps with more video chat applications and/or a better camera. If you are just looking to use Skype, like myself, I would look to snatch up at least one of these ASAP.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Very good HD Cam for skypePosted .
very fine HD Cam for Skype. Price is a bit high in comparison to the other cams of the same or similar group. The worst about it is that there is no side and up/down motion. Zoom in/out works great. This was a perfect solution for me to keep my SAMSUNG Series 4 LCD and prolong buying a new one for a long period of time. I've connected an old Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit to the TV a long time ago, and now with HD Cam, I do not have to think of any further upgardes and can spend on something else, or save for upcoming editions of newer HD Cams.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Perfect for turning parents into Tele-GrandparentsPosted .
My parents are the sterotypical technophobic baby boomers. They worked their entire careers without email, computers, cellphones or Internet and they "can live without it just fine now." any tech gift I gave went back to the store until I gave them a logitech Skype TV cam HD. Now they talk to extended family on 3 continents and throughout the carribbean every night after dinner. They even learned to use email and Netflix!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Works well after you finally get it set up.Posted .
I could not set this camera up with my smart tv by following the directions that came with it & called Geek Squad. I ended up speaking with a girl that knew absolutely nothing about the camera & didn't seem to care. Apparently the problem that I was having wasn't listed on the paper that she had been told to read from so she wasn't able to help me. She did give me the number for Logitech support which was very helpful & talked me through the setup in a few minutes. The setup was nothing like what the instructions said though, so some people may be required to call Logitech in order to set up the product if they have certain Televisions. I'm still amazed at how worthless Geeksquad was this time though. My prior experiences calling them had always been much better.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Works GreatPosted .
I had previously purchased a Tely Labs HD Camera. I could not get them to work to save my soul. Three of them were defective. The Logitech is superior. It was easy to hook up and works like a charm. No problems. Picture is clear as a bell. Sound is good too. Highly recommendedI would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionCam includes the skype in it or notMy question to you is that I have a Toshiba Smart 3D TV and it doesn't have built in Skype. If I purchase a Logitech Cam can I use it in this TV and video chat with my family. Does the came comes with built in Skype Please answer
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes, the Logitech camera has Skype built in. I bought one for my big screen TV and one for my daughter who's husband is in the military in Europe. We use the cameras with our TVs to see our grandsons every weekend! It is much better on the big screen TV than it was when we used a laptop or tablet. The built in mic works great, and because it connects to the TV with HDMI, the sound comes from the TV speakers. I have mine connected to my home network with Ethernet, but it will also connect to wireless.
Answered by CimarronBob