Logitech is well known for making some of the best webcams around, but its latest product announcement is actually aimed at improving the quality of your camera 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 gently illuminate your face in the same way as professional studio lighting. It joins the Logitech for Creator lineup, a list of products designed to help content creators improve the quality of their streams, videos and broadcast, and has an official MSRP of $ 59.99 / £ 59.99 / 89, AU $ 95.
Insufficient lighting can make the more expensive webcams marketed to professional content creators look grainy and shoddy, as the camera sensor will struggle to capture a decent image without enough light in the surroundings.
In the same way that a photography studio will be equipped with sophisticated digital SLR cameras, they will also be equipped with numerous lighting kits to illuminate the subject. Put simply, 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 low resolution, removing things like background noise. (the static “grain” that appears when a camera is grappling with a poorly lit shot) and freeing up some exposure time to maintain a high frame rate instead.
Logitech is not the only brand to have introduced a lighting solution to complement other broadcast equipment, with Razer having released the Razer light ring for use with its Razer Kiyo webcam line, and Elgato having its own ring light, as good as Key light and Air Light Key.
What makes this different is that most of the other offerings on the market require a dedicated stand or tripod to mount behind your screen, while the Litra Glow has the same mounting style as an actual webcam, allowing 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 ability to keep your desk uncluttered is a big plus for remote workers looking to improve their webcam quality in meetings without the added bulk.
We won’t know how well it performs compared to other options on the market until it’s tested for a full review, but the basics of bringing more light to your shooting environments is a sure-fire way. improve your webcam and camera. quality without having to change your hardware settings.
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I have my doubts that offices will adopt webcam lighting solutions anytime soon, but remote and home workers should look to 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 viewed, which is why the best streamers tend to have high quality equipment. You’re just more fun to watch and listen to when you … well, you look smart and the sound is clear.
Decent lighting is hardly going to turn a beast into 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 number of digital press conferences and industry shows I’ve seen where it’s obvious that an important speaker is calling from a laptop webcam poor quality is a bit embarrassing.
Aside from its appeal to telecommuters, the Litra Glow’s design is interesting because it is one of the few non-invasive lighting solutions on offer today, and certainly more affordable than professional studio lighting. We see similar appeal with the original Razer Kiyo webcam which has a built-in ring light built around the camera, although its small size doesn’t provide 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 with you if you travel frequently for work or broadcast. This kind of portability for lighting is not to be sneezed at.
The elephant in the room is of course that buying something to light up your face can cost money, and “cheap” solutions might not deliver the results you’re looking for. If you’re in a rush, just try recording or filming your subject outside in daylight or facing a window. It doesn’t cost anything, and anyone who watches your show will thank you.