By Tim Leehane // Director of Product Marketing, Video on January 13, 2011
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HD video calling has been a hot topic lately with the increased prevalence of HD video communication products such as the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910, Vid HD and the Logitech TV Cam. As expected, with this recent technology boom we’re now starting to see a crop of HD myths pop up. Below are a few common rumors I’d like to dispel – let me know if there are others you’d like explained!Myth: HD video calling requires more Internet bandwidth than I have in my house.
Fact: To send and receive HD video during a call you need only 1 Mbps upload and 1 Mpbs download speeds, which many standard broadband subscriptions include. Check with your Internet provider to see where you stand, or test it on your own with an online tool such as Speedtest.
Myth: The webcam embedded in my laptop or smartphone is already HD.
Fact: While most embedded webcams are between one-and-three megapixels, most of them do not support the transmission of a widescreen, HD 720p image during a video call. To make a HD video call, look for cameras that specifically state they are capable of HD 720p video calling.
Myth: HD is expensive.
Fact: Our most affordable HD webcam, the Logitech HD Webcam C270, is priced at only $39.99 (U.S.), and with Vid HD you can call, record and share in HD for free.
Myth: HD always means high-quality images.
Fact: HD only refers to the number of pixels on the screen. Because an HD image is made up of more pixels, there is a greater opportunity to render more details in an image. However, the term HD does not refer to the actual image quality. In fact, image quality varies from webcam to webcam. At Logitech, our engineers tune every webcam for optimum image quality and frame rate in real-world environments. We call this combination of hardware and software algorithms Logitech Fluid Crystal™ Technology, which is a feature in all our HD webcams.
Myth: HD is only for video calling.
Fact: While HD enriches video calls by making them seem more lifelike, it also makes a huge difference when you’re recording a video blog, sending a video message or creating a video to share on YouTube or Facebook. HD also means higher resolution security footage with products such as Logitech Alert, so you can keep a better eye on the people and places that matter to you.