Is the Logitech C922 Pro Stream the best affordable webcam for Twitch streamers?
Almost identical to the Logitech C922
As the numbers in the names might suggest, the C922 is a successor to the C920, which for a long time was the best all-round webcam for Windows PCs and a favorite of streamers.
The C920 is capable of delivering great quality video at both 720p and 1080p, but unlike the C922, is limited to 30 FPS in both cases. You also don't have the background removal software on the C920 as you do with the C922.
Like the C922, it has stereo microphones, though streamers likely will still want to use a dedicated mic for maximum quality, and it also has the same built-in backlight enhancement you get on the C922.
Compatible with all major streaming software
Like the C922, the C920 is entirely plug-and-play with a Windows PC and a byproduct of that is you'll encounter no issues using it with all the major streaming applications. Whether you use OBS, XSplit, Streamlabs OBS, Elgato Game Capture, AVerMedia RECentral, or something else, the C920 will work at up to 1080p resolution in all of them.
Pair with a green screen for best effect
One of the big, streamer-friendly features of the C922 is that you can remove the background with software and simulate a green screen. You can't do that with the C920, but you're not really missing out, so don't worry. It's a pretty processor intensive thing to do, and the effect isn't close to as good as using a proper green screen.
So as with anyone using the C922, our recommendation is to pair the C920 with a green screen if you want to make your stream look better without your background clutter!
$30 cheaper and almost the same.
The Logitech C920 is almost identical to the C922 save for a couple of minor features and at $30 cheaper, it's the one to pick for streamers on a budget.
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