Amazon Review by Phil
27 people found the following review helpful
Clean, crisp HD video; avg mic, good auto-focus/lighting, background removal is buggy
I've been using the older model the C920 for a couple years and it has served me well during that time. However, I needed to replace it because it's starting to behave somewhat erratically and the C922 was at the top of my list.
The C922 has a 6 USB cord and comes with a mini 8" tripod (and 3 month Twitch subscription good through the end of 2017). The camera has the same footprint as the previous C920 measuring 4 across, 1.5 high, and 3" long. On the front is the 1080p HD lens and on the sides are the built-in stereo mic. The status LED on the sides are white instead of the blue and cannot be disabled as on the previous model. On the bottom theres a 1/4 thread mounting hole for standard tripod mounting and the base splits open so that you can place the webcam over the top of a monitor or laptop screen.
The microphone was comparable to the C920 built-in mic but was somewhat quieter even though it seemed to filter out more background noise. At 1080p resolution, the max frame rate is 30fps, but at 720p you can go up to 60 fps, which is a new feature for this camera. The auto-focus is speedy and the auto brightness does a nice job keeping the brightness constant if light levels change. The focusing time is slightly quicker than the C920’s performance, and there is little to no latency that I noticed in the recordings. The colors appear more saturated and sharper than the C920 which tended to produce video that was washed out and had softer edges in the same recording conditions.
I did try to test out the automatic background removal with Personify Chromacam, but unfortunately I never got it to work properly with OBS on my Windows 10 system. It worked once, and during that test I was able to somewhat replace the background in my video with a green screen, but it wasnt entirely accurate and sometimes it removed my hair or didn’t remove part of the chair; if I moved around enough the entire screen would go to green screen. After that one time Chromacam just kept crashing OBS when I opened it. I cant recommend the camera for that particular feature based on my experience with the camera/software. I’m sure future update will fix this, since Ive been reading online, for now, the software is just really buggy and unreliable. For me, it’s not a big deal since I’m not a gamer and I wasn’t really planning on using the feature for anything in particular.
Overall, the C922 is a solid webcam and the video performance is slightly better than the C920. If youre happy with your C920 and don’t need a new webcam, I think you can skip this model upgrade. However, if you’re definitely looking to get a new camera with clear and crisp video, Id pick the C922 over the C920.