The Logitech Brio is a new day in both commercial AV and consumer AV! This webcam steps up its game with a laundry list of specs and features on a stylish, compact and well designed package. The Brio defiantly looks good on paper and is 100% welcome on my desk any day of the week, but is it worth it?
Let us start with the bag. The bag is well made and features a dual pocket design to keep your camera and cables separate. This helps keep the Brio looking amazing, no matter where you take it. It is easy to close and will stand the test of time, at least for a few years of hard use.
The manufacturer supplied cable is 1.5M (~5’) in length, which is a perfect length. The cable is well made and flexible, I was very impressed with the sheer quality of the cable, this is a hint to what is to come in my mind. The cable is a light grey color, though I am not sure of the reason.
The camera mount is a great upgrade. It is clean and flexible with a multi hinge design. The camera mount can be used on top of a monitor, on a shelf, on the table, or removed completely. If removed, it exposes the ¼-20 mount underneath that can be used to mount the camera to most consumer camera mounting solutions.
The body of the camera is a light grey aluminum with a glossy black front. Unfortunately, the gloss finish does show prints and dust very easily. The camera’s weight makes it stay in place and just feels like a solid chunk of aluminum. The USB-C connector on the rear of the connector has great retention and feels like a solid connector.
The build quality of everything you get with the Brio is outstanding. In the package you get the Brio, USB-C to USB-A 3.0 cable, camera mount, security screen and a travel bag. Just the sheer weight of the device makes it ooze quality out of every port.
The selling point of the camera is that it boasts a max of 4K 30p and every resolution from there down. The camera also features Windows Hello, which is a visual sign-in feature exclusive to Windows 10. The camera uses an IR emitter and the high resolution of the sensor to use your face as your sign-in. It is very convenient, but security is a concern for me.
The camera also has dual microphones to help with noise cancelation and improved sound quality. The detachable cable is an amazing feature for me because I can order any quality cable to length to keep my desk clean or reduce cable clutter during a commercial install.
The camera also features background replacement, HDR, and RightLight 3 technology.
The video quality is this piece’s real trump card. The combination of a 4k sensor, HDR, IR facial detection and RightLight creates an amazing experience never before seen in this form factor. The edge sharpening is subtitle and not over done, but we did have issues with the camera applying too much contrast and creating an unrealistic image. I have zero complaints.
Something to keep in mind is that, at the time of this review, MacOS does not support anything about 1080p60 and most soft codecs for video calls do not support above 720p30. Some platforms do support higher, but very few at this point.
I think the value on this piece of gear is very difficult to quantify with lack for codec support, lack of wide OS support outside of Windows 10, and high price. Everything else about the camera screams quality and you get a lot. You should keep in mind that this bleeding edge technology and the value is yet to be seen. It takes deliberation and foresight to justify this hefty purchase. I do think it is worth the cost, but just barely.
If you are looking for bleeding edge tech and must have the best, the Logitech Brio is a no brainer purchase. For your hard-earned cash, you get the highest quality webcam available with every feature you could ask for. I did not find this product lacking in any aspect with expectations set. We should keep in mind that this is a very small 4k sensor, but we have had 4k video on smart phones for quite some time. Low light will be grainy, but in good light the product will really shine.