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Logitech Brio 500 Review: A Professional Workhorse Webcam

Rating: 9/10 ?
  • 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 - Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 - Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana
Price: $129
A close-up of the Brio 500 webcam.
Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek

The remote work era is here to stay. And as we hoped, Logitech is adapting to this new world with a next-gen professional webcam—the excellent Brio 500. Packed to the brim with specialized features and image-correction software, the Brio 500 is a modern workhorse that’s incredibly easy to recommend.

Here's What We Like

  • Outstanding built-in microphone
  • Works well in poor lighting
  • Modern design with a privacy shutter
  • RightSight and Show Mode add something special to video calls

And What We Don't

  • Maxes out at 1080p 30FPS
  • Image correction can be a bit aggressive
  • Non-detachable USB cable

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A Modern Design and Mounting System

  • Privacy Shutter: Yes
  • Mounting System: Magnetically attached clip with optional adhesive
  • Tripod Mountable: Yes
  • Weight: 4.27 oz (0.26 lbs) with mounting clip
  • Connectivity: Hardwired USB-C

There’s nothing better than a product with an attractive design. And while I wouldn’t call the Brio 500 a “beautiful” webcam, it looks a lot better than most of the webcams I’ve tested. Instead of throwing together the same old eyesore, Logitech created a webcam that actually looks quite modern—it’s an interesting cylindrical shape with a speckled paint job, which I appreciate.

This design is also quite functional. The Brio 500’s privacy shutter is controlled by a dial on the right-hand side of the webcam, as opposed to some big ugly slider. Two microphones surround the webcam’s lens, and an LED indicates when the Brio 500 is active.

I’m also a huge fan of the Brio 500’s mounting system. An adjustable clip attaches to the bottom of the webcam with a magnet—it’s very secure, but it lets you quickly adjust the camera to any angle. Notably, the clip can fit on any monitor or laptop, and it has an optional adhesive pad for semi-permanent installation.

Here’s a quick description of the Brio 500’s three actuation points:

  1. This is where the Brio 500 magnetically attaches to its mount. You can use this actuation point to tilt the webcam downward, either to center yourself in the image or capture video of something on your desk.
  2. The Brio 500’s second actuation point allows it to accommodate a range of monitor sizes. I’ve extended it all the way to show that it can fit on very thick monitors or laptops.
  3. An adjustable foot at the bottom of the webcam mount helps to keep everything stable. A small piece of 3M tape is pre-installed on the webcam foot, but nobody’s forcing you to use it.

I should note that, at first, this Brio 500 webcam felt very loose. It’s because the small magnet at the bottom of the webcam wasn’t tightened all the way—you need to screw it in. And unscrewing this magnet reveals a tripod mount, which is a nice surprise.

My only complaint is the Brio 500’s USB cable, which is not detachable. I would prefer a cable that I can remove and replace once it wears out. But hey, at least you don’t need to worry about losing track of this USB cable.

Image Quality That’s Tuned for Meetings

The Brio 500 on top of a computer monitor.
Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek

  • Resolution: 1080p/30FPS, 720p/60FPS
  • Camera Sensor: 4MP
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Field of View: 90 degrees (adjustable to 65 or 78 degrees in Logi Tune)
  • HDR Support: Yes
  • Auto Image Adjustment: Yes
  • Manual Image Adjustment: Yes (with Logi Tune)
  • Additional Features: RightSight (auto pan and zoom), Show Mode (camera orientation flips when pointed at desk)

When you only look at its specs, the Brio 500 doesn’t look very exciting. I mean, it only records at 30FPS in its maximum 1080p resolution! But specs never tell the whole story, especially when cameras are involved.

Remember, this product is intended for remote workers, not livestreamers or YouTubers. You don’t need an extremely high-resolution camera with a crazy frame rate when taking Zoom calls. But you need people to see and hear you clearly—that’s where the Brio 500 excels.

Logitech’s video processing technology is pretty impressive. The Brio 500 uses a combination of face tracking, auto-white balance, and auto-contrast technology to ensure that your face is clear and evenly lit during video calls. Bright objects in your background might get blown out in the process, especially if you disable the HDR mode, but this is a wonderful webcam for taking video meetings in even the worst lighting.

Honestly, the Brio 500’s image quality looks a bit soft in still photos. I imagine that this has something to do with the webcam’s relatively low frame rate (and the fact that I can’t sit still). The Brio 500 is specially designed for video meetings, so I don’t consider this a problem.

The Brio 500’s wide 90-degree FOV is quite nice, and thankfully, you can crop it to a smaller FOV (65-degree or 78-degree) to better focus on your face or hide your surroundings. Cropping seems to reduce the image quality a bit, but not to an extreme level.

Additionally, the Brio 500 sports a neat feature called Show Mode. When you point the webcam down at your desk, it automatically flips the image (and removes visual distortion) so you can show documents or drawings during your meetings. The result is quite impressive, as documents are clear and easy to read when captured in Show Mode.

But my favorite feature is Logitech’s experimental “RightSight” tool, which automatically pans and zooms the webcam feed to follow your face. It’s similar to the technology implemented in Apple’s Studio Display, and it makes video calls feel a lot more personal (especially if you’re standing up and doing and presentation). This feature launched as a beta in late September, and while it’s still a bit buggy, I believe that it’s a defining part of the Brio 500.

I’m just disappointed that the Brio 500 doesn’t have a built-in background blur effect. Services like Zoom and Google Meet offer this effect, but it’d be nice to implement it on the webcam so I can jump into any video conferencing app and know that people won’t see my messy room.

Its Microphones Are Shockingly Good

The Brio 500 with its shutter closed.
Andrew Heinzman / Review Geek

  • Microphones: Dual beamforming microphones
  • Noise Reduction: Yes
  • Effective Microphone Range: Up to four feet

My first experience with the Brio 500 webcam occurred during a Zoom demonstration with Logitech representatives. Several members of the press were invited to join this Zoom call, where Logitech showed off the Brio 500 and its companion headset, the Zone Vibe 100.

At some point during the demonstration, I realized that one of Logitech’s representatives wasn’t wearing the Zone Vibe 100 headset. Instead, they were speaking through the Brio 500’s microphones. And I was shocked—the webcam sounded better than the headset!

I’m blown away by the Brio 500’s built-in microphones. They sound outstanding, with a clear and open quality that I never expected from a webcam. Plus, the Brio 500 uses beamforming technology, which creates a sort of “pocket” around the user and does a decent job at blocking background noise.

Now, if you’re in a noisy environment or have a screaming toddler at home, you should probably use a dedicated headset. A product like the Zone Vibe 100 will do a better job at cutting background noise than the Brio 500. But if you work in a fairly quiet place, the Brio 500’s microphones are all you need.

The Logi Tune Software Is Okay

  • Windows Compatibility: Yes
  • macOS Compatibility: Yes
  • Linux Compatibility: No

It seems that the Brio 500 is Logitech’s first attempt to really push the Logi Tune control center. This software, which is a few years old now, lets you personalize Logitech’s work-focused webcams and headsets. It can even integrate with your calendar and various video chat apps, although I’m not sure how this integration is any better than using a calendar app’s interface.

Honestly, I like Logi Tune’s design and approach. It’s a simple and unobtrusive app. On my Mac, I can open Logi Tune from the Menu Bar to quickly change the Brio 500’s white balance, contrast, or field of view. I can also enable features like RightSight.

But compared to Logitech’s old webcam software, Logi Tune is pretty weak. It doesn’t provide detailed controls for the Brio 500, or any webcam, for that matter. Maybe people are better off with a simple interface—it’s just a shame that Logi Tune lacks any advanced settings.

The Gist: It’s a Workhorse

For remote work, the Logitech Brio 500 is hard to beat. It captures a bright and clear image of your face, even in poorly-lit rooms, and its microphones are excellent. Plus, features like RightSight or Show Mode can streamline corporate-style presentations where you may need to stand up or show documents to viewers.

The Brio 500 costs $130, which is a fair price, in my opinion. But it’s certainly not the cheapest option out there—Logitech’s previous-generation webcams, including the C920S, cost about half as much money. And the Brio 4K regularly goes on sale for around $150. (Presumably, the Brio 500 will get an occasional discount once it’s a few months old.)

By the way, if you’re a YouTuber or Twitch streamer, the Brio 500 miiiight be a good choice. The RightSight (pan and zoom) feature can add something special to vlogs or livestreams. That said, RightSight and Logitech’s image-correction software aren’t always predictable or consistent.

If you plan on recording yourself several times a week for YouTube, Twitch, or whatever, you probably want a permanent setup that produces high-quality and consistent results. That means using a camera that captures video at 1080p/60FPS (the Logitech Streamcam, a DSLR, etc) and setting up some good lighting.

Rating: 9/10
Price: $129

Here’s What We Like

  • Outstanding built-in microphone
  • Works well in poor lighting
  • Modern design with a privacy shutter
  • RightSight and Show Mode add something special to video calls

And What We Don't

  • Maxes out at 1080p 30FPS
  • Image correction can be a bit aggressive
  • Non-detachable USB cable

Andrew Heinzman Andrew Heinzman
Andrew is the News Editor for Review Geek, where he covers breaking stories and manages the news team. He joined Life Savvy Media as a freelance writer in 2018 and has experience in a number of topics, including mobile hardware, audio, and IoT. Read Full Bio »