The Logitech Litra Glow could make even a cheap webcam look amazing

Logitech is well known for making some of the best webcams on the market, but their latest product announcement is actually aimed at improving the quality of your camera’s images rather than another webcam model itself.

The Litra Glow is a lighting solution that can be mounted on your laptop or desktop monitor like a webcam, and is designed to softly illuminate your face similar to professional studio lighting. It joins the Logitech for Creator range, a list of products designed to help content creators improve the quality of their streams, videos and general broadcasting, and has an official MSRP of $59.99 / £59.99 / £89. AU$95.

Insufficient lighting can cause even the most expensive webcams marketed to professional content creators to appear grainy and low quality, as the camera sensor will struggle to capture a decent image without enough light in the environment. .

Just as a photography studio will be equipped with sophisticated DSLR cameras, they will also be equipped with numerous lighting kits to illuminate the subject. Simply put, your camera only does half the job, so making sure you’re well lit will dramatically improve the quality of even a cheap webcam with a low resolution, removing things like background noise (the static “grain” that appears when a camera is grappling with a poorly lit shot) and frees up some exposure time to instead maintain a high frame rate.

Logitech isn’t the only brand to introduce a lighting solution to complement other streaming gear, with Razer releasing the official version. Razer Ring Light for use with its Razer Kiyo line of webcams, and Elgato having its own light ring, as good as Key Light and Key Light Air.

What makes this different is that most other offerings on the market require a dedicated stand or tripod to be installed behind your screen, while the Litra Glow has the same mounting style as an actual webcam, which allows it to rest on your monitor. next to your camera. If that doesn’t fit, it’s possible to mount it on a standard tripod, but the option to keep your desk clear is a big plus for remote workers looking to boost their webcam quality in meetings without causing a mess. extra clutter.

We won’t know how well it performs against other options on the market until it’s tested for a full review, but the basics of providing more light to your shooting environments are a surefire way to improve your webcam and camera. quality without ever having to change your hardware settings.


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Glide the Tonzy streamer using the Logitech Litra Glow

(Image credit: Logitech)

I doubt offices will adopt webcam lighting solutions anytime soon, but remote and home workers should look into products like the Litra Glow if they have the cash to spare. Poor quality webcams and microphones in meetings can have an effect on how you are perceived, which is why the best streamers tend to have high quality equipment. You’re simply more enjoyable to watch and listen to when you…well, look smart and sound clear.

Decent lighting will hardly turn a beast into a beauty, but it is a point often overlooked by people in a work environment. It’s less important in informal or catch-up meetings, but the amount of digital press conferences and industry broadcasts I’ve seen where it’s obvious that an important speaker is calling from a computer webcam Poor quality notebook is a bit inconvenient.

Aside from its appeal to remote workers, the Litra Glow design is interesting because it’s one of the few non-invasive lighting solutions currently offered, and certainly more affordable than professional studio lighting. We see a similar appeal with the original Razer Kiyo webcam which has an integrated ring light built around the camera, although its small size doesn’t deliver the best results.

This panel-style “softbox” light could offer something more natural, and it’s small enough to toss in a bag and take along if you travel frequently for work or streaming. This kind of portability for lighting is not to be sniffed at.

The elephant in the room of course is that buying something to brighten your face can cost money, and “cheap” solutions may not provide the results you are looking for. If you’re in a hurry, just try recording yourself or your subject outdoors in daylight, or positioned facing a window. It costs nothing and everyone who watches your show will thank you for it.

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