Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K V-U0040 webcam – HDR, Windows Hello and lots of pixels for a better picture (test)

The Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K webcam has been around for a while – it was one of the first 4K webcams and has stood the test of time. Until recently, it was the most technically advanced – and with Windows Hello infrared camera capability, in some ways it still is.

At $349.95, it’s also Logitech’s most expensive prosumer/professional webcam — fifty dollars more than the Brio 4K Pro. It shares the same Windows Hello optics and functionality, but comes with a one-year consumer warranty and is certified for consumer video conferencing applications. Typical users should look at the Brio 4K Pro as the Ultra’s extra features are aimed more at prosumers.

Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K Webcam Model V-U0040

Website Product range and Product sheet
Price $349.95, but shop around and you could save 20%
guarantee 3 year ACL
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Company Logitech (Est 1981) is a Swiss-American manufacturer of computer peripherals and software headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Newark, California. It is best known for keyboards and mice.
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First impression

It’s typical Logitech – a sleek rounded rectangle (102 x 27 x 27 (L/W/D) with a monitor clip that’s larger than it is. It also has a ¼” tripod mount.

A large 8-bit color, 16.7m, 4K-capable autofocus lens, activity LED, IR sensor, IR LED, and two stereo mics sit on the front. The box includes a removable privacy shutter and a 2.2m USB-A to USB-C cable. 4K image requires USB 3.0 or later, and FHD requires USB 2.0.

You can use it directly, but the app allows firmware updates and stores settings – there’s no on-camera storage or processing.

The app – Logi Tune

Logi Tune (April 13, 2022) appears to be a simplified version of the older Logitech Capture. He adjusts

  • Field of View (FOV) 65/78/90°
  • 5X digital zoom (at 1080p)
  • RealLight 3 automatic light correction
  • Enables/disables autofocus (lens is fixed focus, allowing electronic focus)
  • Color Tones/Filters – Original, Bright, Blossom, Forest, Filk, Glaze and Mono
  • Auto exposure
  • Auto white balance
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness
  • PAL or NTSC flicker reduction
  • HDR

We downloaded Logitech Capture (V2.08.11 10/11/21), and it still works with the Brio (and Logitech Stream Cam). This is the added functionality over Logi Tune: set preferences for maintaining frame rate or exposure; Chroma key, horizontal/vertical image flip; watermark; text overlay; Context; filters, borders, transitions; change recording folder; change the video encoder (Intel Quick Sync); NVIDIA NVENC and Open H.264); framing grid; split screen and PIP; set ALT key actions and more. These go into your profile on the PC, and you need to have Logitech Capture running to use the settings.

Trials

We test at

Auto HDR performed well at >100 lumens with adequate detail in shadows and highlights. Although the colors are not as saturated, the Bright filter corrected this and extended the dynamic range.

Sorry, Windows screenshot disables camera preview – so no photos.

Low light or too steep?

Use the Logitech Litra Glow soft light – it’s a video light with front and slightly above benefits (review) that will even out skin blemishes and wrinkles. Highly recommended, and you will find the temperature and color intensity that suits you.

Resolution

The app lacked the ability to select resolutions. However, this usually depends on the video application used. So while it can do [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, and [email protected]/60fps, you have to select it in the app.

The Windows Camera app displays an 8.3MP 3840 x 2160 still or video image (or less), and we’re guessing that because it has electronic zoom the sensor is larger – around 12MP.

Voice

It has two front-facing microphones for stereo. These are good out to around 1 meter but only have basic background noise reduction – you need an extra mic and built-in intelligence to do this properly. I would give its voice quality 8/10, but it’s good enough to not need a separate mic.

Using Unified Communications

It works with any video application as a standard webcam and is certified for Microsoft Teams; Skype for Business; Cortana; and Windows Hello; Blue Jeans; Cisco Webex/Jabber; Rocket; Google Meet; Go to a meeting; Life-size cloud; Exip; RingCentral Video; Video; and zoom. The certification allows a better use of its functionalities.

Assembly

It has a built-in monitor stand and a ¼” tripod mounting hole. The monitor stand doubles as a desk stand.

CyberShack’s View – The Logitech Brio 4K Webcam Is Really Good Value

To be fair, we just finished reviewing the Jabra PanaCast 20 4K webcam. It’s amazing how far technology has come since the groundbreaking Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K webcam launched in 2018.

The main difference is that the Jabra has built-in AI and processing, and that’s why this awesome webcam costs $559 versus $349.95 for the Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K.

Would I buy the Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K? Absolutely. Not everyone needs the Jabra PanaCast 20 AI, and the Brio comes pretty close for a lot less. In fact, the average user would be over the moon with the $299 Brio 4K Pro.

Do you need 4K? No. That’s fine, but frankly, [email protected] is about right for webcams. In fact, many video conferencing apps reduce the quality to 720 or 1080 anyway.

Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K Webcam V-U0040

$349.95 but shop around

Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro 4K Webcam V-U0040

Advantages

  • Excellent color and gamut in 100 lumens lower lumen >
  • 2.2m long cable
  • Add Windows Hello to any Windows PC
  • Works immediately as a standard webcam with additional app functionality
  • 3 year commercial warranty

The inconvenients

  • Monitor stand is clunky and doesn’t allow for vertical adjustment to the point of bending the clip further
  • A bit grainy in low light
  • A typical user should look at the Brio Pro 4K and save $50


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