4K Ultra HD Webcam With RightLight3 And HDR
Here's a comprehensive list of the MacOS compatible Brio webcam's technical specifications. A few things to note, especially for Apple users: Yosemite, El Capitan, or MacOS Sierra / High Sierra is needed. 4K Ultra HD mode absolutely requires a USB 3.0 speed port - so be wary of connecting it to a slow hub port or pre-2012 Mac to capture in UHD resolutions. A USB 2.0 port is fine for more conventional 1080p and 720p HD resolutions..
CPU Horsepower & Disk Space
A 2.4Ghz Intel CPU is recommended. Many lower-end Macs like the Mac mini, or MacBook Air fall way below this recommended horsepower threshold, Temper your expectations about frame-rates when capturing video in high-resolution modes. 4096x2160 Ultra-HD capture will eat up disk space on your MacBook or Macintosh desktop system faster than you can imagine. You'll want plenty of available storage on your Mac's boot drive - something that those with SSD-based Apple computers might struggle with.
Pricing & Product Codes
Brio Webcam MSRP $199.00
Current Street Price Around $159.00
Part Number: PN 960-001105
Model Number: V-U0040
Brio Webcam System Requirements:
USB 2.0 port Minimum : USB 3.0 required for 4K
2.4 GHz Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
2 GB RAM or more
Adequate HDD or SSD drive space for recorded videos
Operating Systems Supported:
MacOS™ 10.10 or higher (Yosemite minimum)
Windows® 7 (1080p only), Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
Google™ Chromebook™ Version 29.x, Platform 4319.x
Logitech's Brio Webcam Settings App for Mac:
Many of the Brio's functions and features rely on software control. Fortunately, Logitech's webcam app support for OSX is pretty decent and includes FOV settings, Up to 5xDigital Zoom, and Background Replacement options. Some features like the front IR infrared sensor are only supported for Microsoft Hello facial recognition under Windows OS.
Brio 4K Webcam Technical Specifications:
4K Ultra HD video calling (up to 4096 x 2160 pixels @ 30 fps)
1080p Full HD video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 30 or 60 fps)
720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels @ 30, 60, or 90 fps)
Plug-and-play USB connectivity
H.264 video compression for reduced file sizes and CPU overhead
90 degree field of view (FOV) with 65 degree and 78 degree optional via software
5x digital zoom in Full HD
RightLight3 with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for clear imaging in low or direct sunlight
Built-in stereo dual mics with noise cancellation
IR Infrared sensor technology
Background replacement option in settings app
External privacy lens shutter
Multiple mounting options: Included clip or 1/4"-20 tripod mount
Supports multiple connections: USB 3.0 Type A or C, or USB 2.0 Type A
Brio Camera Dimensions & Weight:
Height x Width x Depth:
1in (27mm) x 4in (102mm) x 1in (27mm)
Height x Width x Depth:
3.9in (99mm) x 1.4in (36mm) x .22in (6mm)
Webcam Cable Length
Total Camera Weight (with mounting clip)
85g - 3 ounces
Brio 4K Ultra Webcam Package Contents:
Removable mounting clip
USB 3.0 cable with Type-A connector
(Type-C to Type-C USBC cable sold separately)
Camera carrying case
Brio Peripheral Warranty Information:
Logitech 3-year limited hardware warranty
1st USB 3.x Webcam For MacThe Brio is the first Apple compatible 4K webcam for Mac that also takes the web camera marketplace to USB 3.0 connectivity. With a Type-C USB-C interface at the camera's back, an appropriate, interchangeable cable can be used for Apple computers with either traditional Type-A USB ports or the new ThunderBolt3 / USBC ports being incorporated into new MacBook laptops and desktop systems. From what I gather, a USB-A to USB-C cable is included, but for direct USB-C to USB-C connections, a Type-C cable would need to be ordered separately.
1st 4K HD Webcam For MacFor 4K Ultra-HD webcam capture and 1080p or 720p conferencing you'll want a fairly fast, modern Intel Mac with USB 3.0 ports running MacOS Sierra or ElCapitan 10.11+. Logitech's website implies this UVC compliant web camera and it's Camera Settings app is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, Mac OSX 10.8 at less-than-ultra resolutions and lower frame-rates. A fast and big external ThunderBolt or USB drive is probably wise if you're planning on extensive 4KHD capture. Even with H.264 hardware compression built into the Logitech Brio webcam, Ultra-HD recording at 4096 x 2160 pixels and 30 FPS is likely to gobble disk space alarmingly fast.
Brio 4K Web Camera Review SoonI'll have more to say and do a full review of the Brio 4K USB3 webcam once I have my mitts on one. For many Mac users, a C930e or C922 will still be the best choice for personal or small business video capture and conferencing needs. But SELECT users will find the Brio's specs and features a compelling product to affordably raise the quality bar on their video production and presentation needs.
With a design style similar to the C920, the C922 Stream Pro features a darker, black housing and mounting clip with standard tripod mount hole for the included mini desktop tripod. (The C922X 'X' model doesn't include the tripod.) Internally improved circuitry enhances the web camera's frame rates to now achieve up to 60 FPS at 720p HD resolution.1080p (which is very demanding no matter how you slice it) capture remains at 30 FPS. Both of these presume you have a very fast Intel CPU - ideally over 2GHZ. It should be noted many Apple computers like the Mac mini and MacBook Air often have much slower processors in the 1Ghz range, although Apple does support a 'Turbo' CPU up-clocking mode to temporarily ramp up the clock speed under demanding tasks when needed. On lesser Mac's you might not reach or sustain maximum frame rates possible.
H.264 video compression is supported on the C922 (as with all premium model Logitech cameras like the C930e, ConferenceCam Connect and Logitech Group.) This helps both frame rates and significantly reduces the size of the data stream or captured files saved to disk. It should also be noted that while the 920 had a Zeiss optics brand lens, the 922 makes no mention of Zeiss's trademark and like the C615 has switched to an optical-quality glass lens instead.
While touting it's optimization for Live Stream broadcasting, the 2 bundled apps/service they promote are WINDOWS ONLY. The Personify green-screen background app, and 3-month XSplit stream mixer subscription aren't supported on the Mac. However, as a UVC 1.5 spec compliant webcam rest assured it will perform admirably on Mac OSX (they recommend MacOS 10.9+) and it's settings can be further tweaked with the Logitech Webcam App or with a 3rd party program such as Mactaris or iGlasses.
Mac Compatible Videoconferencing Functions
No other webcam for Mac offers remote control of camera pan / tilt / zoom functionality in such high quality computing hardware. Although some Mac webcam software for image control may allow you to digitally zoom or pan an ordinary webcams image, the Logitech conference cam let you control this via hardware with the tip of your finger - and not by fiddling around with webcam settings control buttons and sliders on your Macintosh desktop or MacBook screen. Both the base of the Logitech BCC950 and the optional handheld remote include a simple to use control pad for left and right, up and down, zoom in and out - full webcam control.
Mac Compatible Speakerphone Functions
Going way beyond the simple microphone built into most webcams, the Logitech videoconference cam also includes a full duplex speakerphone. It features both a noise filtering and echo canceling omni-directional microphone for transmitting and receiving crystal-clear speech within the room. Volume up and down and mute controls are also built into the conference cams base as well as the handheld remote.
Mac OSX Compatible Conferencing Apps
Because the Logitech conference camera is inherently Mac compatible and UVC compliant, you can use it with nearly any OS X video chat program or capture utility. iChat, Apple Messages, Skype for Mac, FaceBook Messaging are but a few popular videoconferencing apps you might use with this state-of-the-art Logitech camera. If desired, you can also use 3rd-party Mac webcam settings utilities for greater degree of image control, camera response and special effects.
Mac Conferencing Camera Tech Specifications
Here's a few of the Logitech Conference Cam technical specs of note:
- First and foremost it's UVC USB video class compliant for plug-and-play compatibility with Mac OSx 10.6 or higher.
- No driver installation is required in OSX, UVC webcam support is built into Apple's operating system.
- The camera features a 3MP megapixel webcam sensor for full 1080p HD image resolution. (Though it's important to note that conducting true HD video chat sessions are limited to maximum 720p resolution due internet bandwidth limitations and varies with the processing power available in your Macintosh desktop for MacBooks CPU.)
- An optical quality Carl Ziess glass lens assures razor sharp images at close range or across the room.
- It includes an extra long USB cable and power supply cord I for greater freedom of placement on your desk or conference table.
- It is a USB 2.0 speed device - although it's fully compatible on a Mac with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports.
- The camera has a wide-angle 78° field of view, slightly wider than most personal webcams for multi-person sessions.
- Logitech's RightLight2 Technology assures excellent light sensitivity and color accuracy.
Benefits For Businesses Large And Small:
With the street price averaging around $200, Logitech delivers a premium Apple-friendly PTZ web camera with pan tilt and zoom functionality. It's also a high-quality microphone speakerphone with convenient handheld remote to manage a voice conference with ease and professionalism. Having such an affordable Mac compatible video conferencing camera solution can be a money-saving asset for businesses. You can save on travel time and expenses by hosting departmental or client meetings without having to leave the office, fly or drive to get business done. And you can do it without having to spend thousands on a dedicated videoconferencing system.
Benefits To Individuals And Consumers
If you're an entrepreneur or sole proprietor the very affordable BCC950 video conference camera can give your Macintosh based business a clear and professional edge to your voice and video calling sessions. Even casual Mac users will love this state-of-the-art Apple compatible PTZ web camera's laser sharp clarity and crystal clear sound quality. Add the advantages of remote control camera control at your fingertips, and you'll experience the most sophisticated Apple friendly video chat sessions you've ever had!
As webcam resolutions increase - the demand on computer bandwidth becomes staggering, especially as we move from 720p to 1080p high-definition modes. It's just a TON of data to deal with. To keep data streams manageable - and to save significant disk space when capturing video to your hard drive, H.264 is a huge advance in reducing data size dramatically while preserving a very, very high quality image. It's so efficient and so good that it's been adopted widely across the computing universe, most notably and recently in the Blu-Ray DVD standard to deliver stunning images and still fit a feature film on disc. It's also one of the many CODEC's bundled into Apple's QuickTime software.
As it applies to Logitech's C920 web camera - what isn't clear is if Mac OSX is getting the benefit of H.264 compression built into the webcam's hardware. Although users report it works fine on their Intel Macintosh systems running Leopard and Lion, it's not known if or when the C920 will be OFFICIALLY 'Mac SUPPORTED' or 'Qualified For Mac'. The comments in this forum thread indicate Logitech isn't publicly committing to Mac compatibility -- at this time.
Macintosh compatibility, marketing and support were a weak point for many years. In the early days, a few of their webcams were in fact Mac compatible, but they didn't advertise, market as such, nor provide technical support. That changed when the Apple Stores first opened and a supposed 'Special Edition' model of the 1.3MP QuickCam Ultra Vision SE Webcam was packaged for Apple retail.
Logitech webcam support more officially debuted with the now discontinued, but still available Quickcam Vision Pro for Mac Webcam which offered not only UVC Mac compatibility, but HARDWARE auto-focus, RightLight2 technology, and world-class Carl Zeiss glass lens optics. It may have looked like a QuickCam 9000 for PC's on he outside, but had different internal hardware. Unlike the QC 9000 it didn't rely on (Windows ONLY) software for autofocus and light management.
The Vision Pro was replaced last year with the best Mac compatible webcam made to date: ThePC and Mac Compatible C910 HD webcam. The color fidelity, light sensitivity and mind-blowing carity and detail sets the standard for all web cams from here on out.
C910 HD Pro Webcam
Stereo Mic + Zeiss Lens
Recently, a slightly more affordable Apple friendly webcam model with similar qualities with a Non-Zeiss glass lens - the Logitech C615 Mac Autofocus Webcam was added to Logitech's Mac webcam page as having 'official' Mac support.
The reality is that other lower-end Logitech web cameras will work on a Mac. For instance, tests of a plastic lens C510 worked in all Mac chat apps and had good sound fidelity and an image quality basically comparable to the built-in iSight of my 2 year old MacBook Pro.