Logitech Brio 500
Dedicated above all to teleworkers, the Logitech Brio 500 webcam is an essential tool for anyone wishing to improve remote collaboration. Its launch was accompanied by that of the Zone Vibe 100 headset , a device that also tackles everyday communications.
We were able to test these two products for a few weeks for our videoconferences and other meetings.
Telework, remote activities… remote jobs are multiplying with practices that exploded during the health crisis and are now settling in the landscape on a long-term basis. Players in the IT world, and more generally in electronics, have understood this and are following this development very closely.
This is particularly the case of Logitech, which has no shortage of ideas for developing products and peripherals for workers, but also for content creators and players. Facilitating daily exchanges while improving the user experience is the stated objective of this Brio 500, which is not revolutionary on paper, but whose advantages may actually prove to be relevant for the target audience.
Design and ergonomics
Minimalist and versatile, the Logitech Brio 500 camera has a successful design that will easily fit into most configurations. The Swiss manufacturer also offers it in three different colors: pink, off-white and graphite.
The device is fixed on its support thanks to a simple magnet housed in the thread which can itself accommodate all kinds of tripods once said screw has been extracted. Tube-shaped, the webcam seems robust despite a very light and entirely plastic design.
Logitech is also looking to green its image by using 54% post-consumer recycled plastic for the off-white color that the manufacturer sent us. The packaging is also very minimalist, packaging deemed responsible by the brand.
On the far right of the camera, a knob physically closes the lens of the Brio 500. The goal is of course to overcome the inconvenience of confidentiality that a camera left open when not in use can represent. The cover that covers the sensor is ultimately the only element that seems fragile to us due to a relatively thin and flexible plastic.
Support for the Brio 500 is undoubtedly one of the great strengths of the product. It breaks down into four mobile parts, to which is added a fixed part to stick against the screen on which the Brio 500 will sit. The installation of the fixed element is however not obligatory; in reality, it is especially when one resorts to the function “Showmode” of which we will speak right after.
This function requires the first moving part to be rotated downwards, the one on which the webcam is held by a magnet. In this case, the part of the support that presses against the screen is not enough to properly hold the webcam in place despite its non-slip coating.
The idea is to keep this element glued to the screen, but to be able to continue to use the webcam elsewhere despite this. Logitech also indicates that the glue that covers it does not leave a trace, also that this support can be glued and peeled off several times.
Let’s finish this overview by mentioning the two microphones visible on the front of the webcam, as well as the LED indicator allowing you to know the status of the camera. Finally, the 150 cm cable is long enough; two small things are however to be put to its disadvantage. It is, in fact, a USB-C cable delivered without a USB-A adapter.
No problem if you connect the camera to a recent laptop, however many computers are only equipped with USB-A. However, this is not very important next to the fact that the cable is not removable! If it should deteriorate, you will not be able to replace it (at least not easily). It’s a shame, and we believe it undermines Logitech’s intentions with respect to environmental responsibilities. Eco-responsible packaging and materials made from recycled plastics represent a small step, designing products that can be easily repaired and kept as long as possible is better.
Daily use and features
The Logitech Brio 500 webcam does not display anything really innovative on its technical sheet. It is equipped with a 4 megapixel sensor with Full HD 1080p capture at 30 frames per second or 720p at 60 frames per second.
However, it claims a field of view of up to 90°, as well as RightLight 4 technology which does honor to HDR to obtain a clearer image even in poorly or poorly lit environments. On the audio side, two stereo microphones are integrated into the webcam, with a range of 1.22 m and a background noise filtering function.
The webcam is recognized directly when we connect it to our PC and is therefore perfectly usable without the need to install the Logi Tune software that comes with it. This is however essential to adjust and adjust the image to our liking and access its features. If we consider that it is a pity to have to install additional software (which is not yet translated into French) to manage Logitech equipment, Logi Tune is however light and very minimalist.
The webcam displays a beautiful image when all the options to improve it are activated within the software. Supported by its two microphones with very decent pickup quality, the Brio 500 is largely cut out for the task and much more efficient and qualitative than what is found on the vast majority of laptops.
Admittedly, we would be better off with a webcam like the Brio 4K with its Ultra HD video capture and a dedicated microphone like the new Blue Sona XLR, equipment that is still more aimed at content creators and whose price sales is much higher. There is also the possibility of acquiring a headset, as offered by Logitech with its Zone Vibe 100, but working with headphones over the ears will probably not be suitable for everyone.
The HDR option is a big game-changer compared to other webcams, the overexposed parts of the image are displayed correctly while the image is partly burned when we deactivate it. Automatic exposure compensation harmonizes everything without us having to adjust any settings manually.
The autofocus works as it should and never encounters a problem with faces, it nevertheless lacks responsiveness when it comes to showing an object for example: focusing takes several long seconds and sometimes even has a little bad to do.
Features relevant to users
The RightSight and ShowMode functions provide a great deal of flexibility in use. The first is however not yet available, it is an automatic framing function, a very practical option that we usually use when editing via Nvidia Broadcast. Finally, the ShowMode should delight those who are used to presenting sketches and other drawings during videoconferences.
It is a question of tilting the webcam downwards in order to film its work plan, the image is then automatically inverted to present it in the right direction to the spectators online. All that would be missing is a blurring or background replacement function to have something more complete in terms of functionality, however most video software already offers them.
Incidentally, we would have liked to be able to choose the characteristics of the video capture directly from Logi Tune, however it does not leave the choice between 1080p at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps, even though the webcam supports both options. Among our other regrets, the incompatibility with Windows Hello for facial recognition is a clear disadvantage for a webcam that primarily targets workers and professionals.
Let’s finish by specifying that the Logi Tune software supports many Logitech equipment, and is also compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.
Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.