Logitech QuickCam® Sphere AF
With motorized tracking and Carl Zeiss® optics, you can get closer to your loved ones.
Focused on you
With motorized tracking and autofocus, the spotlight is always on you, even when you move around.
Carl Zeiss optics
You’ll enjoy razor-sharp, true-to-life video thanks to Carl Zeiss® optics and a 2-megapixel HD sensor.
A mask, a cat, a sock puppet—you can choose from hundreds of avatars, masks, and Fun Filters to express your mood.
With motorized tracking, Carl Zeiss® optics, and advanced autofocus, you can get closer to your loved ones.
It keeps you right in the middle of the picture, offering 189-degree field of view and 102-degree tilt.
Carl Zeiss® optics
You’ll enjoy razor-sharp images from a lens designed with the help of one of the pioneers in the industry. Find out more about why our collaboration with Carl Zeiss benefits you.
Your images stay razor sharp, even in close-ups (up to 10 cm from the camera lens) with built-in autofocus. Learn all about Logitech autofocus.
HD video recording
Your friends and family can see you in widescreen video at HD quality (720p).
With its true 2-megapixel sensor, with up to 8-megapixel photos (software enhanced), every video call and photo will look sharp. Megapixels? Sensor? Why is image quality so important?
RightLight™ 2 technology
Even if you make a video call in dim or poorly backlit settings, the camera will intelligently adjust to produce the best possible image. Find out what’s right about RightLight 2 technology.
Built-in mic with RightSound™
It gives you clear, headset-free conversations without annoying background noise*. Find out why RightSound sounds so good.
Logitech® Video Effects™
Your video calls get an extra dose of fun with Video Effects. It’s easy to spice things up with neon splashes, fish-eye distortions, and more. Find out more about Video Effects.
It makes it easy to bring the webcam up to your eye level.
Works with Skype™, Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger, AOL® Instant Messenger (AIM®), and other popular instant messaging applications.
* Acoustic echo cancellation ("AEC") is no longer available with versions 11.7 and higher of the Logitech® QuickCam® software. AEC is available from most leading video-calling applications.
RightSound technology. Sound right. Naturally.
A better way to video call
Webcams let you see and talk to your friends and family—wherever they are. But with most webcams, you need to wear a headset or you’ll get a distracting echo.
The echo explanation
You’re on a video call with your friend. You’re both using webcams with integrated microphones and typical computer speakers. Here’s where the trouble happens:
The RightSound™ fix
You use a webcam with RightSound technology. The software identifies the sound wave featuring your friend’s voice as it comes through the speakers. When your microphone picks it up, the software filters out the repeated wave so it doesn’t get sent back to your friend. And that means they don’t hear an echo.
Other webcams eliminate echo by muting your microphone when the person on the other end is speaking. It’s kind of like talking on a walkie-talkie—not a very natural way to have a chat. RightSound technology doesn’t mute your mic so you can both talk whenever you want. It makes your video calls just like talking to someone in the same room.
Video Effects. Extra fun for your video calls.
Looking to add a little entertainment to your video calls? Logitech® Video Effects™ can really spice things up.
Make your move
These aren’t just plain-old static effects. Video Effects technology uses face tracking to find your face and track its moves. Then it either maps a Face Accessory over your real face or completely replaces your video with an Avatar that moves like you.
Feel like being someone or something else today? You simply pick out a character and watch it become you. We’ve got an avatar for every mood and season. You can be a sock puppet, cat, alien, dollar bill, Santa, and lots of other people, animals, and things.
When you want to be you with a little something extra, you can just put on a Face Accessory. You’ve got options galore, including a pirate hat, crown, scuba mask, vampire teeth, antlers, and a pig nose. Or you can put on a full mask.
Image quality. It’s more than just megapixels.
Seeing the smile on your grandson’s face or the glitter off your daughter’s engagement ring is so much better than a phone call. And a webcam can really make these experiences possible, even when you’re separated by thousands of miles. But getting the right webcam is more than just a matter of finding the one with the most megapixels.
The truth about megapixels
A higher-megapixel sensor doesn’t equal high-quality images on its own, so it’s important not to just look at megapixels and forget about the other aspects of the camera.
The right lens
The lens is what captures the light that gets turned into the image by the sensor. If your lens isn’t good, it doesn’t matter how many megapixels you’ve got. A bad lens is going to give you a bad image.
Ready for your close-up? You’re not only going to need a good lens—you’re going to need a good focusing system. A lot of webcams have either a manual focus option or no focusing system at all. If you get too close, you can end up fuzzy.
What about HD webcams?
When it comes to video calls, the maximum resolution is 640-by-480 pixels, otherwise known as VGA resolution. Today, you can’t make an HD video call on any of the free instant-messaging applications.
Power and connections
Most computers sold today have no problem handling a video call. But if your computer is a little bit older or you’re not using a fast connection, you might run into difficulty. To get good clarity and smoothness, your computer needs to meet the minimum requirements to support a video call.
RightLight™ 2 technology. Be seen in a better light.
Just the right light
Video calls make it feel like you’re right in the same room with your family and friends. But if the lighting isn’t right, it might just feel like they’re talking to a shadow or a faceless ghost.
RightLight 2 technology identifies your face in the frame and uses that to determine the light and color settings.
More light, less noise
Low light can be tricky for the average webcam. They generally only use software adjustments to increase the brightness, which means your video might be filled with digital noise that shows up as dark specks or digital garble.
Add a lot of rich color to low light and your typical webcam tends to get confused. All that saturated color adds extra weight to an already dark environment—often resulting in dark, flat images. On top of that, the camera introduces more noise by trying to create contrast where there isn’t much.
Carl Zeiss and Logitech: Bringing you a better lens for better webcam images.
A focus on the lens
If your webcam’s lens isn’t good, your image quality won’t be good either—no matter how many megapixels you’ve got.
More light, better images
A webcam lens captures the light that the sensor then transforms into the image you see. You need a high-quality lens to capture more light and produce the best images. Together with Carl Zeiss, we created an advanced lens design to give you more clarity and less distortion.
An updated classic
Our Carl Zeiss webcam lens is a new take on their Tessar® lens design. While the original Tessar design was patented back in 1902, it’s the most famous camera lens for a reason. It delivers sharp images in a compact, lightweight form—which also happens to make it perfect for webcams.
Logitech Autofocus. The clear choice for clear video.
Bye bye, blur
A lot of webcams out there want you to stay put. Move or get too close and the camera can have a tough time automatically focusing on you—even if it’s got a good lens. That can leave you looking hazy and out of focus. And that’s probably not the look you’re going for.
Ready for your close-up
Want to zoom in for a kiss? Or hold something up to the camera? Our autofocus system can handle it. It focuses in and out automatically with precision and speed—even if the item is only 10 cm from the camera. No choppiness. No blur. Just a clear, sharp image.
How’d we do that?
We used the same type of motor used in mobile-phone cameras, a voice coil motor (VCM), and optimized it for webcams. They’re compact, don’t use a lot of battery power, and can handle shock and vibration.
The lens moves back and forth to adjust focus until the webcam gives you the sharpest image possible. It also helps stabilize the webcam so your video and photos are in focus and have low distortion. So, you can go ahead and make your move.
Windows® XP (SP2 or higher)
- 1 GHz (2.0 GHz recommended)
- 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended)
Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- 1 GHz (2.0 GHz recommended)
- 512 MB RAM or more
- 200 MB hard drive space
- CD-ROM drive
- OS-compatible sound card and speakers
- Hi-Speed Certified USB 2.0 recommended
- For the best video calling experience, we suggest:
- Dual-core CPU with 1 GB RAM
- Broadband Internet with 256 kbps upload or higher
- 2-year limited hardware warranty
- Logitech QuickCam® Sphere AF
- 9-inch eye-level stand
- USB cable (6-feet)
- QuickCam® Software CD, including:
Logitech QuickCam® applications—Logitech® Video Effects™, one-click video e-mail, QuickCapture for photos, webcamming software Applications for Windows®—Windows Live™ Messenger, Skype™ with free full-screen video calling, video-enabled AIM®, Yahoo!® Messenger with free video calling Bonus software—HP Photosmart Essential application for capturing, editing, customizing, and printing images (Web download required)
- Quick-start guide
* Does not work with iPod Shuffle 3rd generation
- PN 960-000148
- Motorized tracking (189° horizontal and 102° vertical)
- Carl Zeiss® optics
- Autofocus lens system
- Ultra-high resolution 2-megapixel sensor with RightLight™ 2 Technology
- Color depth: 24-bit true color
- Video capture: Up to 1600 by 1200 pixels (HD quality)
- Still-image capture: 8 megapixels (with software enhancement)
- Built-in microphone with RightSound™ Technology
- Frame rate: Up to 30 frames per second
- High-Speed USB 2.0
- Logitech QuickCam® software (with Video Effects™, filters, avatars, and face accessories)
- Works with Skype™, Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo®, AOL® and other compatible instant messaging applications