Logitech’s new webcam has a built-in privacy shutter

Logitech’s Brio 500 is a new webcam with a compact design that features a seamlessly integrated physical privacy shutter and a “Show Mode” designed to broadcast what’s on your desk. It’s 1080p rather than 4K, like Logitech’s classic C920 webcam. It goes on sale this month for $129 alongside a new Bluetooth headset called the Zone Vibe 100, which will retail for $99.99.

The Brio 500 has a cylindrical design, with its 4-megapixel camera flanked by a pair of beamforming microphones designed to reduce background noise during calls. The privacy shutter design is quite sleek and can be reduced by turning a dial on the right side of the webcam. To show off your desktop, “tilt the camera angle toward the desktop,” according to Logitech.

In terms of image quality, the Brio 500 is a 1080p webcam, and you have to drop its resolution to 720p if you want 60fps rather than 30fps. Although it’s the same on paper as the C920, Logitech spokeswoman Wendy Spander tells me it has an improved sensor, which should hopefully improve the quality of the image. (I saw the webcam briefly in person, but not long enough to pass a definitive judgment on image quality.) Its field of view is 90 degrees, but the webcam can be digitally cropped to 78 or 60 degrees for a closer view. Logitech advertises that it’s able to automatically center the camera on the person speaking and adjust the lighting if you’re in a dimly lit or backlit environment.

Finally, the Brio 500 has an interesting magnetic mounting mechanism for monitors. It is made up of two parts. There’s the standard plastic bracket which is designed to attach to the top of your monitor as usual, and then the webcam itself is magnetically attached to this plastic bracket. It’s a design that means you can rotate the webcam 360 degrees if you want. If you don’t like magnets, you can unscrew the magnetic mount from the bottom of the webcam to reveal a standard tripod mount.

The Logitech Zone Vibe 100 headset.
Picture: Logitech

Alongside the Brio 500, Logitech is also announcing a new headset today, the Zone Vibe 100. This is a Bluetooth-only version of the previously released Zone Vibe 125 headset, which could also connect via a USB-A receiver without thread. The new Vibe 100 has up to 20 hours of battery life when listening to music, or 18 hours when using it for calls. Its microphone arm is folding and the helmet is available in gray, off-white and light pink (identical to the Brio 500).


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