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Logitech C920 Webcam Mac Compatible?

Logitech keeps raising the bar when it comes to building state of the art webcams for Mac or PC. Their latest HD model, the C920 takes their web cameras to the next level with a unique feature we're starting to see in the web cam market: H.264 video compression support built into the hardware. Currently, neither Logitech's product packaging, nor their website or forums list the 920 as Mac compatible although it functions OK on OSX 10.5+ and is recognized by most Mac video apps. However, Logitech's current version of webcam capture software for Mac does NOT recognize the C920 when plugged in. As such, the Logitech C910 HD Webcam is still a better option for Mac users wanting to use Logitech’s capture and snapshot grabber.

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.