It doesn't matter how hard you try; when you sit down in front of a webcam you end up looking like you've been dragged through a hedge 50 or 60 times on a very hot day. Well, Logitech is doing its best to remedy this situation with the QuickCam Fusion.

A petite 1.6in of greatness, Logitech's flagship webcam and its RightLight technology set a new benchmark for performance. While the cost may be prohibitive for most, if you need a high-quality webcam, it's worth paying out the extra cash. Well built and with a great bundle in the box, the QuickCam is a top buy.

This beautifully designed piece of hardware delivers 1.3Mp (megapixel) images, complemented by amazing video quality and echo-free audio. You can bump the quality up to 4Mp with software enhancements, although we recommend staying in the native hardware resolution for the best results. At the touch of a button the lighting is perfect and you can use the flexible base to angle it in any position you like.The built-in microphone with Logitech's own RightSound technology means you don't even need to wear a headset, although the webcam does come with a set of headphones and a microphone. What's more, there's an ultra-wide view field of 78 degrees – excellent for viewing everything in the room.

Logitech has bundled the Video Effects 3D software package, which creates animated avatars that imitate your facial expressions or head movements, or 2D face accessories.

The QuickCam also has some excellent security features, and Intelligent Face Tracking, which keeps your face in the centre of the frame.

Logitech QuickCam Fusion: Specs

  • 1.3Mp
  • 1,280x960 pixels
  • up to 4Mp (software enhanced)
  • video capture at 640x480 pixels and 30fps
  • Logitech Video Effects avatars and face accessories software
  • Intelligent Face Tracking software
  • 90x150x45mm
  • 150g
  • 1.3Mp
  • 1,280x960 pixels
  • up to 4Mp (software enhanced)
  • video capture at 640x480 pixels and 30fps
  • Logitech Video Effects avatars and face accessories software
  • Intelligent Face Tracking software
  • 90x150x45mm
  • 150g

OUR VERDICT

There's a lot to admire about the QuickCam Fusion. Logitech has introduced a great feature set and some interesting technologies. Sure, you'll have to pay a fair whack for the package, but quality doesn't come cheap.

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