An affordable, easy-to-use webcam for video conferencing

Logitech 720p Webcam Pro 9000

By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq

The recent announcement that Facebook will be offering Skype as part of its social networking experience is yet another reminder that video conferencing is moving into the mainstream. In How to Use Skype in Your Law Practice, we discussed how lawyers are using videoconferencing for client meetings, long-distance mediations and even expert witness depositions.

Lawyers are also turning to services such as WebEx to conduct long-distance depositions. When permitted by court rule, and agreed to by the parties, videocameras can be used to record the screen on which the witness appears, as well as any documents that might be appearing on the screen as they are presented to the witness.

Of course, as the public becomes more comfortable with videoconferencing, some clients may not only agree to a webcam meeting – they may actually prefer it.

Even if your laptop or desktop doesn’t have a built-in webcam, affordable solutions abound. At Lawyer Tech Review, we’ve had great luck with the affordable Logitech 720p Webcam Pro 9000 (See all Webcams & Network Cameras). (Affiliate link)

Inexpensive, Lightweight, Easy-to-Use Webcam

Weighing just 12 ounces and currently selling for just over $60 on, the Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000 won’t drain your wallet or weigh down your computer bag.

Logitech webcam Pro 9000 with USB connection

To use it, you simply insert the USB plug into your computer. I clip my camera to the top of my laptop’s screen. The clip isn’t a tight one – if you bump your laptop hard enough, it could be knocked off. I haven’t had that happen yet, but neither have I had any problems with durability. I’ve toted my camera in my laptop bag to meetings, conferences and on international trips, and so far it has proved durable.

Built-In Microphone, Autofocus and 720-Pixel Resolution

At a Glance: Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000

  • Easy to Use and Affordable
  • Built-In Microphone and Auto-focus
  • Video Recording Not a Substitute for a Professional Video

As the name suggests, this Logitech webcam provides 720-pixel resolution. The quality is very good. I’ve conducted numerous conferences with Lawyer Tech Review’s Spanish editor and the streaming video is crisp. The only variable is whether the Internet connection itself is strong on that particular day.

Another advantage offered by the Logitech webcam is that it comes with a built-in microphone. With long-distance conferences, those on the receiving end of my transmissions have not had a complaint about the audio. Again, the only variable is whether the voice over Internet service is cooperating.

Record and Share Videos

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The Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000 also allows you to record videos and upload them to your favorite site like YouTube. I have played with this feature. It is very easy to use. But unless you are recording in a place with the best light possible, I don’t think it is the best option for lawyers who are interested in creating videos for their firm’s website. For that, like attorney photos, I prefer enlisting the help of a professional.

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But for client conferences, meetings with out-of-town experts, and even video depositions, the Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000 is an affordable, reliable, easy-to-use webcam.

Do you use the Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000? Are there other benefits or drawbacks you’ve noted? Do you prefer using a different webcam in your practice? We invite you to post a comment and share your experience with Lawyer Tech Review’s readers.

This review of the Logitech 720 Webcam Pro 9000 was sponsored by ProTempus software, streamlining office operations from the front door to the back office.