Logitech’s conferencing peripherals are used by millions all over the globe. Their webcam lines are several of the best-selling recording and broadcasting hardware in the market today. In this post, we’ll do an in-depth comparison of two of their most popular consumer webcams. Yes, it’s the Logitech C920 vs C922 showdown. Somewhere down the line, we’ll also compare the Logitech C920 vs the C922X.

Logitech C920 and C922 Specifications and Inclusions

Before anything else, let’s have a look at the technical details of the C920 and C922 as well as what to expect in the box.

We’ve put together a Logitech webcam comparison chart for a quick side-by-side look at the nitty-gritty of both cameras.

Logitech C920 or Logitech C922: Which Is the Better Webcam?

Now that we have a general overview of each item, it’s time for the main event. In these comparisons, we’ll put the build and design, performance, and features of the C920 and the C922 head-to-head.

The Build and Design Battle

For the most part, both the C920 and the C922 are physically identical save for a few minor differences.

The C920 has a transparent front panel that exposes the matte-finished section that surrounds the lens.

The C922, on the other hand, sports a mostly opaque, glossy black front plate with a circular see-through section for the lens.

No other color options are available for both models.

Both have a high-quality plastic construction that’s neither weighty nor light. The perforated “wings” encase the stereo microphones and add considerable volume to the units.

The clip is also hefty and protrudes quite far to the back, which shouldn’t be much of an issue for most users. It has non-slip pads on the top and bottom jaws, which add more stability to the clip’s already substantial grip. The latch on the top jaw is a bit wide and might be a concern if your monitor has thin bezels.

The two models have a standard quarter-inch mounting thread at the bottom of the clip as well.

Overall, the C920 and C922’s design is inoffensive albeit a bit dated—especially with those holes on the wings, which make them look like speakers. We’re calling it a draw on the build and design fronts.

Logitech C920 and C922 Performance Comparison

Much like with their physical attributes, the differences in performance between the C920 and the C922 are few.

On automatic settings, both of them produce good quality photo and video images. Sharpness is about what you’d expect from any budget 1080p webcam—it’s crisp in optimal lighting situations.

Color accuracy is also the same. We’d go as far as to say that the C920 and C922’s color reproduction is slightly superior to more premium cameras out right now. The reds look red and the blues look blue.

The white balancing is serviceable right out the box on both models. It’s neither icy nor too warm on default. Images look natural, true, and not blown out or bloomy.

When it comes to autofocus, the C920 and C922 both suffer from focus delay, which is common among webcams within their price range. It takes a few seconds for the cameras to zero in on subjects on the images. We found that turning the autofocus down to the minimum in the custom settings gave off the best reaction time from the two models.

Low-light compensation is admirable. The Logitech C920 and C922 use RightLight 2 technology, which, according to the manufacturer, “intelligently adjusts the webcam’s video settings in low-light and uneven lighting, offering a marked improvement in the image quality.”

When the cameras detect that the scene is poorly lit, you’ll get a pop-up that recommends you to turn on the feature. You can set it to run automatically as needed or have it remind you to turn it on if the camera thinks lighting needs a boost. The options to never activate it and turn off reminders are also available.

RightLight 2 also claims to have face tracking capabilities. The webcam detects if the face is not clearly visible due to lack of light and raises the brightness accordingly. We did observe this feature at work in our tests and we think it does a great job of keeping the face, which is often the most important subject in streaming and broadcasting, well-lit and recognizable.

Apart from this, we also noticed that RightLight tweaks the color saturation in low-light conditions, for sharper and clearer images. The noise reduction that this feature offers is evident. It doesn’t seem as grainy and speckled with white dots compared to other budget webcams. We did observe a slight drop in frames as the cameras offset their performance for better image quality in low-light settings but we think it’s a fair trade.

So what is the difference between the Logitech C920 and C922 apart from the price?

The Logitech C920 is marketed to general consumers. By all accounts, it checks all the boxes for a budget entry-level webcam. Your resolution and framerate options are 108030 and 72030.

Meanwhile, the C922 is tagged as “for streamers and gamers”. This is due mainly to the model’s 720p/60fps functionality. A lower resolution means lesser chances of lag or distortion, while the higher framerate translates to smoother moving images.

In our tests, this mode does indeed make movements a lot slicker but at great cost to image quality. This is, of course, to be expected—720p is a considerable drop from 1080p. But in full screen, the blurriness at 720p is quite apparent and can be distracting. In our opinion, the best use of this setting is in streaming while using the C922 as a scaled-down facecam overlay.

Switching between resolutions is not done hardware-side. You have to toggle between them using various Logitech webcam management software or streaming applications, such as OBS or Streamlabs.

The C922 has another trick up its sleeve—background removal. The feature is accessible through a third-party application called ChromaCam, which is verified by Logitech. The C922’s background removal is far from perfect. We got a lot of flickering edges, and it’s practically unusable in low-light situations. However, it performs better than digital background tools offered by video conferencing programs, like Zoom for example.

The Logitech C920 and C922 are equipped with stereo microphones. The ones on the C920 are noticeably more sensitive and give off a fuller sound compared to the C922’s mics. The latter’s sound quality is crisper and clearer. The C922 also handles pops and “S” sounds much better than the C920.

In total, we prefer the superior overall audio quality produced by the C922 over the C920’s loudness and better low-frequency handling.

Of course, this applies to people who will actually use the built-in mics. For video conference calls, they do the job well enough. But we understand that many users are partial to using a separate, higher quality microphone, especially content creators.

Features and Add-ons

Since the C920 and C922 are virtually twins, let’s have a look at the common features first.

Both have two curved LEDs, which indicate that the webcam is in use, at both ends of the face panel. The lights on the C920 are blue while the C922 has white LEDs. The white LEDs are not bright enough to work as supplementary light sources for your setup.

There’s a small ferrite bead choke on the cable near the USB plug. It’s for dampening noise (buzzes, hums, and static), which is very helpful if you have an improperly grounded computer or electrical system.

Apart from those, the Logitech C920 is pretty barebones features-wise, and the price reflects that. You get two frame rate modes but nothing that goes beyond 30fps. The stereo microphones are a welcome perk but, as we mentioned, you’d want a high-performance standalone mic if you want to sound more professional.

On the other hand, the C922 outshines the C920 on the features and add-ons fronts. They both have 1080p and 720p options, but the latter on the C922 has the benefit of recording in 60fps. The background removal tool, while flawed, is handy.

The C922 also comes bundled with a high-quality tripod and a three-month subscription to XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster. These are two well-reviewed premium streaming and video recording apps.

Logitech C920 vs C922X

When comparing the C920 to the C922X (from US$90), it’s easier if we pit the latter against the C922, because they’re also very similar.

The outer and inner workings of the C922 and the C922X are the same save for the C922X having an HD glass lens, which helps produce sharper images, more accurate colors, and smoother capture of rapid movements.

As far as add-ons are concerned, the C922X’s bundling dispensed with the tripod in exchange for a six-month XSplit license.

The C922X is a clear improvement over the C920 and C922. But it’s up to you to decide whether or not the upgrade is worth the $25 or $15 price difference.

Setting Up the Logitech C920 and C922

Both models are plug-and-play devices. Your computer and most apps will recognize them as audio input devices even without drivers. However, we still recommend installing drivers for your respective devices. Having the appropriate drivers for the C920 and C922 will ensure optimum communication between hardware and computer. This lessens the chances of performance issues, particularly in hardware detection.

We’re getting a lot of new, useful apps that use webcams. As they roll out and gain more users, webcam manufacturers release updates for their products to work smoothly with these popular software. It’s also highly recommended that you check whether or not your webcam driver is outdated. Freshen up when necessary. The installers are available for download from Logitech’s official website.

Customizing Logitech Cameras

Logitech offers free first-party software options that allow customization of their cameras’ settings. The most straightforward of them is the Camera Settings program, which is compatible with most of Logitech’s webcam lines.

From Camera Settings, you can select between standard and widescreen image size and anti-flicker/refresh rates (50 or 60Hz). You can also set the brightness, contrast, color intensity, and white balance manually.

A meatier application called G Hub will grant you access to additional settings, which include digital zoom, focus, exposure, sharpness, and saturation. It’s a hefty software because it also unlocks a vast array of customizations for other Logitech products, such as mice, keyboards, and headphones.

G Hub might be too resource-intensive for lower-end systems. If you just want access to basic stuff, then Camera Settings is for you. Likewise, streaming and recording software, like OBS and XSplit, have expansive camera controls, which override camera settings from other programs.

So what are our recommended Logitech C920 best settings? The short answer is it’s up to you and your lighting setup. Like with any image capture device, how your webcam feed will look depends a lot on lighting, and lighting varies greatly from user to user.

Fire up whatever camera control app that works with your hardware and move those sliders until you get the image quality you want. The same goes for locking in the best settings for the Logitech C922.

A rule of thumb would be to never rely on automatic white balancing as it tends to wash out images. Set it manually until you get the color temperature that best suits your lighting setup. Another tip is to keep the focus level at the absolute minimum. We’ve said it before but it’s worth reiterating—this will make the camera bring attention to subjects quicker.

Mastering the ins and outs of webcam settings may take time. But keep at it and you may even achieve DSLR-level image quality. Your viewers will find it hard to believe that you’re using an entry-level camera that’s under $100.

Logitech C920 and C922 Pros and Cons

Before we share our final thoughts on which webcam we recommend, here’s a summary of things we like and don’t like about the C920 and C922.

Logitech C920 Pros

  • Reasonable price
  • Good image quality
  • Excellent low-light handling
  • Premium build
  • Plug-and-play and beginner-friendly
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Stereo microphones
  • Good software support
  • Built-in anti-noise clamp

Logitech C920 Cons

  • Outdated design and bulky
  • Potentially intrusive clip latch
  • Framerate peaks at 30fps
  • Limited features and no add-ons

Logitech C922 Pros

  • Good image quality
  • Premium build
  • Excellent low-light handling
  • Plug-and-play and beginner-friendly
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Stereo microphones
  • Good software support
  • Built-in anti-noise clamp
  • Good mic sound quality
  • 720p at 60fps mode
  • Digital background replacement
  • Useful add-ons (tripod and limited XSplit license)

Logitech C922 Cons

  • Outdated design and bulky
  • Potentially intrusive clip latch
  • Noticeable quality drop on 72060 mode
  • Dodgy background removal

Our Final Recommendation

For general webcam purposes, like video conferencing, you can’t go wrong with the C920. It does a more than adequate job at bringing good quality video and passable audio. We dare say that it’s even a good choice for new live streamers and pre-recorded content creators.

The C922 doesn’t necessarily outperform the C920 when talking about general video quality. It does, however, have more to offer. The 720p/60fps and background removal are good friends of gaming streamers. If you’re streaming a title that runs at 60fps, it’s nice to have a facecam that outputs a matching framerate. It enhances the quality of your broadcast, and your audience will appreciate it.

As previously mentioned, these two features are imperfect, to say the least. But they’re nice to have either way. Top them off with the bundled tripod and XSplit taster plan, and you have yourself a pretty sweet deal.

We punctuate our Logitech cameras comparison with our ultimate recommendation. All things considered, we believe that the Logitech C922 is the smarter purchase. You get a lot for the additional $10 (minimum) you’ll pay versus the C920. But there are good reasons for the Logitech C920 to remain on the radar of both pros and amateurs. It’s more than a safe bet for how much it costs and users will still stand by it for years to come.