Best WebCams

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 30, 2016
A webcam is a device that is able to erase borders and shorten the distance between extended families via Internet. Now not only can you communicate with the people from abroad, but actually see them in front of you on the screen. Isn’t it a great invention for those users who due to certain circumstances have to spend some time apart? In our web camera review we’ve made a selection of the best cameras available in the market to help you find a perfect fit for your needs and budget. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Resolution
Frame Rate
Photo Quality
Lens Quality
Functions
Connection Type
Supported OS
Attach-ability
 
PROS
An irreplaceable webcam for animated talkers and conference holders with swivel video pan for easy capture of the whole group. Full HD, expensive glass lens and a rich set of features make this cam a winner in our review.
CONS
If the Internet connection is rather slow, the video on a screen in Full HD may frizz and distort.
OUR VERDICT
One of the best cams in the market for meetings and conferences is right in front of you. Perfect video quality and crystal audio clarity are guaranteed with high quality webcam from Logitech.
detailed parameters
Resolution
1920 x 1080 Full HD
Frame Rate
30 FPS
Photo Quality
8 megapixels
Lens Quality
Glass Carl Zeiss
Functions
PTZ control, zoom/pan/tilt, full-duplex microphone, auto face tracking, auto light correction, integrated H.264 compression
Connection Type
Wire connection via USB 2.0 port
Supported OS
Windows, Mac OS
Attach-ability
Stationary, table stand
PROS
Your videos are always gonna be bright and crisp due to TrueColor technology. Attach it to any surface and record widescreen 16:9 videos with ease!
CONS
The cam is gonna work only on Windows platform.
OUR VERDICT
A simple, and yet, good USB webcam with universal mounting ability for use at home and in the office.
detailed parameters
Resolution
1280 x 720 HD
Frame Rate
30 FPS
Photo Quality
1 megapixel
Lens Quality
Plastic
Functions
Noise cancellation, 16x9 widescreen, TrueColor technology
Connection Type
Wire connection via USB 2.0 port
Supported OS
Windows XP and newer
Attach-ability
Universal, table stand and clip-on
PROS
A decent Full HD webcam at an affordable price that’s gonna record high-quality videos in most lighting conditions.
CONS
Full HD is good only for Skype. For the rest video activity, you may need to change resolution down to 720p.
OUR VERDICT
A mid-prized Full HD webcam with tech characteristics of more expensive models to record all bright and memorable shots of your life.
detailed parameters
Resolution
1920 x 1080 Full HD
Frame Rate
< 30 FPS
Photo Quality
15 megapixels
Lens Quality
Glass Carl Zeiss
Functions
Auto face tracking, motion detection, 2 built-in stereo microphones, automatic light correction, integrated H.264 compression
Connection Type
Wire connection via USB 2.0, 3.0 ports
Supported OS
Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS and Android
Attach-ability
Universal, table stand and clip-on
PROS
Features camera head 360° rotation for even more flexible use. An extra-wide field of view allows you to see more, what is great for different on-line meetings.
CONS
Lens focus requires manual adjustment.
OUR VERDICT
It is the perfect choice both for business meetings and daily use. Full HD webcam boasts 120° angle of view and supplied with additional USB cable to extend the reach up to 9.8 ft.
detailed parameters
Resolution
1920 x 1080 Full HD
Frame Rate
30 FPS
Photo Quality
12 megapixels
Lens Quality
Glass
Functions
Built-in high-sensitive microphone, 120° ultra-wide camera lens
Connection Type
Wire connection via USB 2.0 port
Supported OS
Windows XP and newer, Mac OS
Attach-ability
Universal, table stand and clip-on
PROS
Best-selling HD webcam for basic home use without bells and whistles, but with all practical functions. Features a 5-layer glass lens for more accurate light transmission.
CONS
Manual focus instead of automatic. Not a big issue, but minor inconvenience that we’ve noted.
OUR VERDICT
Not a bad alternative to expensive models if you look for a simple, and yet, decent webcam for PC. At a surprisingly low price, this cam stuns with its performance.
detailed parameters
Resolution
1280 x 720 HD
Frame Rate
25 FPS
Photo Quality
5 megapixels
Lens Quality
5-layers glass lens
Functions
Auto face tracking, noise cancellation, auto exposure, digital zoom, manual focus
Connection Type
Wire connection via USB 2.0 port
Supported OS
Windows 7 and newer
Attach-ability
Universal, table stand and clip-on

What Is It

Would you ever believe that it would be possible to communicate with your friends, relatives or colleagues from abroad in a real time mode and see them just as if they were right in front of you? With the invention of a webcam, it’s become a reality. Most applications today (both, computer and mobile) offer their users an opportunity to video call the contacts from their list and shorten the distance between each other by times in a single click. All you need to have is a device to install a webcam (in case with smartphones, installation is not required) and a decent camera. In our review of the best webcams, we’ll show how various models differ and how to make the right choice.

When talking via a webcam, sometimes you may want to keep your conversations private. This is where using Headphones is a must. Consider 5 Best Headsets we’ve handpicked for you in our other review. 

What Features to Compare

The Image Quality of a webcam is the foremost thing to consider when looking for a unit to attach to a PC. Primarily it’s determined by a few technical parameters - a resolution matrix and a frame rate. Let’s take a closer look at each of them and define their importance in terms of the quality.

  • Matrix Resolution stands for picture clarity and its sharpness. When they talk about resolution, what they really mean is a number of horizontal and vertical pixels on a display. The more pixels are there in the image, the sharper it is gonna be. This is where you may want to turn your eye to a cam with at least 3 mPixels so the image on a screen looks pretty clear and visually defined. Today, most popular webcams offer 1280 x 720 resolution. It’s not an ideal picture, but quite satisfactory when viewed as a thumbnail. The perfect picture quality is guaranteed with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution. Those consumers who look for true quality and outstanding picture sharpness should not compromise and go for Full HD, no doubts. The only thing you need to be aware of is that without having a proper high-speed Internet the pictures of the kind may frizz and get distorted.
  • Frame rate determines the smoothness of the pictures and is expressed in FPS (abbreviated from Frames Per Second). The higher the frame rate is, the smoother the picture is gonna be. What values should you look for? Well, the optimal rate is measured at minimum 30 FPS so you can start from there.
  • Photo Quality (measured with megapixels) will tell you how good or bad your pictures are gonna be. In the end, the camera is oftentimes used for taking shots, not only videos, and this parameter shouldn't be overlooked just as well. 

The Lens Quality also matters. Quite often, instead of expensive lenses, they use a plastic optic, that not only cuts the price of the model down but also worsens the picture quality by times. Plastic lenses don’t transmit as much light as glass lenses do, and often turn dark in a course of time. If you look for a long-lived webcam, you should definitely check out what type of lens they use in a cam and preferably, go for a glass option. Yes, it would cost you a little bit more, but it’s also gonna last considerably longer.

When you’ve decided on resolution, frame rate and lens quality, make sure to check what else is there that a webcam offers. Functional Capabilities will introduce you to the type of connection as well as the whole functional of a cam, including all its nifty features and functions like Editor, Face detection, Light correction and more. The scope of functional capabilities varies in different models, so you should not overlook this aspect and go for a cam with the best available opportunities.

The last but not the least criterion that you should pay attention to is Construction and Attach-Ability of a chosen cam. Quite often it is the construction that becomes crucial and decision-making factor for most consumers. Not everyone buys a cam for home use only. If you plan to use it for making online presentations or video courses to broadcast on the Internet, it’s got to provide you with flexibility options and the optimal angle for video capture.

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Review of Logitech BCC950 Conference WebCam

Logitech BCC950

Logitech BCC950

Image Quality

Logitech Conference Cam is an all-in-one solution from a world leading brand that ensures top-notch razor-sharpness of the image and professional quality HD video clips. If you’re looking for a device to use on various occasions, including business presentations and conferences, you should definitely consider buying Logitech BCC950, a professional, high-quality webcam with crystal audio clarity. It’s quite expensive, but it’s not a case of paying for the brand name. Logitech webcams are well recognized in the world for their durable lifetime, extreme quality and broad range of functions. The cam uses an expensive Carl Zeiss optics lens so it lets more light to get in and produce both, video and pictures of higher quality.

Review of Logitech BCC950 Conference WebCam

Functional Capabilities

Among the functions that Logitech conference cam includes are Autofocus, Auto light correction, Zoom in and Out and Remote control to maintain the cam and pan from the distance. This is super convenient when holding a meeting with a 78-degree field of view provided. You will also give justice to its super clean speakerphone that reduces background noise big time and ensures excellent audibility in a distance within 8 feet from the cam base.

Logitech BCC950 Conference WebCam in the use

Construction and Attach-Ability

The name of the cam totally speaks out its purpose - the whole construction with the included pan base are made to provide the optimal viewing angle so that whoever is there in the conference group are well seen in the meeting. The rotatable 180-degree pan swivels right and left and gives you plenty of freedom to the objects and things that you’d like to capture on a screen. It’s also very friendly in use. To get it to work, you wouldn’t need to install any drivers or software. Installation takes just a few seconds and requires simple connection of a device to PC or Mac via a USB port.

Detailed review of Logitech BCC950 Conference WebCam

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AV Tutorial: Logitech BCC950 Conference Cam
Logitech BCC950
Logitech BCC950
 
Review of Microsoft HD-3000 Webcam

Microsoft HD-3000

Microsoft HD-3000

Image Quality

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 is a budget-priced webcam that’s gonna meet the basic needs of most consumers. It’s not an ideal cam, but definitely not a bad option for a regular home use. With Microsoft HD-3000, you’ll be able to chat with your friends and relatives at 720p and at 30 frames per seconds. The quality of an image, of course, isn’t comparable to the one made with Full HD cam, but also not awful. It might look a little bit overexposed in the areas where white light is more concentrated, however to a certain degree, it’s also got its own advantages. The skin is gonna look much smoother, softer, without visible defects and that’s all without using any editing tools. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 uses a plastic lens, that’s known for transmitting less light when compared to glass optics, but as we’ve said before - for the money it costs, it may become an ideal option for home use, provided that your room is well-lit.

Functional Capabilities

This webcam will let you record widescreen 16:9 video clips and share them on the Internet with friends via messengers and social websites. Due to TrueColor technology, both, images and videos come out quite bright, colorful, with the right color balance and in a good color temperature. The built-in microphone ensures that the audio is crystal-clear and free of unwanted background noises. You wouldn’t need to speak loudly to be sure that you’re heard. Noise cancellation works great so you can stay away from your microphone and still use it well.

Construction and Attach-Ability

The construction of the cam is made of quality black plastic and seated on a rubber stand. The attach-ability of a thing is rather versatile. You can either clip it on the PC monitor or use right on the table, whatever is preferred. The cam, unfortunately, tilts neither up nor down, which means that you’d have to move the computer itself to achieve the desired viewing angle and get in the sight. Rather than that, it’s an easy-to-use webcam that doesn’t require a lot of fuss around. Simply plug it in via a USB port and get started.

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Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000
Microsoft HD-3000
Microsoft HD-3000
 
Review of Logitech C920 Webcamera

Logitech C920

Logitech C920

Image Quality

Logitech HD Pro Webcam can become the best bang for your buck. It’s a reasonably priced cam with Full HD resolution that is able to take up to 30 frames per a second and come out with impressive quality pictures. The cam features a glass lens for efficient light transmission and autofocus to make your shots clearer and less distorted even if you move. However, if you decide to use this cam for playing online games, you will need to switch to 720p, otherwise, the video quality may get lost. Full HD 1920 x 1080 is available for video chatting on popular messengers and social websites. For other purposes, 720p is recommended (if the quality matters, sure).

Functional Capabilities

For whatever reason you want to buy a webcam, Logitech C920 will suit you best. Even if you plan to broadcast cooking shows right at home, rely on the cam and do the work. The face tracking function will always keep you in the sight no matter how far your stovetop is gonna be placed from the cam, so you can fry eggs, make pizza or whatever you want and make sure that autofocus will not lose a track of you. Logitech C920 is an ideal option for those who are involved in any type of activity. Dance, sing, rap and do whatever you want in front of the cam and be sure that your movements are gonna be captured in the best possible way. Isn't it a great deal for the price it is sold?

Construction and Attach-Ability

Logitech C920 has got two microphones for recording stereo-like videos in full sound, a Carl Zeiss quality glass lens for taking precise and crisp images and a long cord for using the cam freely around. The stand sits on rubber tips that prevent slipping and ensure firm fixation of the cam on any surface, be it a table, a monitor or a tripod. The minor inconvenience that you may face when using this cam is that it doesn’t turn left or right unless you mount it on a tripod. The construction is made in a way to swivel only up and down, which is not that bad to be honest, considering that you can always either turn a monitor itself or use a full-length tripod.

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Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam Review
Logitech C920
Logitech C920
 
Review of Genius UltraWide Full HD WideCam F100 Conference Webcam

Genius UltraWide Full HD WideCam F100

Genius UltraWide Full HD WideCam F100

Image Quality

Genius made a worldwide name by manufacturing various PC accessories. This Genius WideCam F100 Full HD Conference Webcam provides a clear image in Full HD with its 120° ultra-wide lens. The 12-megapixel camera supports 1920 х 1080p video recording up to 30 fps and making interpolation photos. Please note, that while streaming, the contrast may change due to lighting. However, it’s fully compensated by manual focus adjustment.

Functional Capabilities

WideCam F100 can record Full HD video, take photos, and capture the sound with its high-sensitive stereo microphone. A silver ring around the lens is used for the focus adjustment. Moreover, you can additionally rotate the camera around at 360° and bend it down or up to find the best angle. To start using the camera, just plug-in USB 2.0 cable into your PC or notebook and let your system automatically detect the webcam. However, you can install additional Genius software from supplied CD to get access to more functions such as making video captions, photo editing or uploading video directly to social media.

Construction and Attach-Ability

As its name suggests, WideCam F100 Full HD Conference Webcam was designed for offices and conference halls, but don't worry - you can also mount it on the monitor of your home PC or notebook with the foldable clip. Rotatable camera head spins around 360°, so you can put it anywhere. The USB 2.0 cable is 4.9 ft. long, that is more than enough to reach the PC tower from the monitor. Furthermore, Genius WideCam F100 comes in a package with additional 4.9 ft. cable, that will come in handy for use on large conference tables. The last but not the least, an aesthetically looking body is made of black plastic with metal elements and rough finish, hence, this webcam will surely fit any office style.

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Genius Webcam unboxing f100 wide angle 1080p
Genius UltraWide Full HD WideCam F100
Genius UltraWide Full HD WideCam F100
 
Review of TeckNet C016 USB HD Webcam

TeckNet C016

TeckNet C016

Image Quality

It’s hard to beat the price of TeckNet 720p webcam. It’s an affordable option for most average American families with decent quality of images and videos. It doesn’t support Full HD, but at 720p resolution, your videos are gonna be smooth and undistorted. The only thing you’d need to do before shooting a video is to manually set the focus so that faces and objects are well visualized and not blurred. You wouldn’t expect that a cam at such a low price tag comes with a quality 5-layer glass lens and not a crappy plastic optics. This improves the overall quality of videos and pictures by times. Besides, with 6 LEDs on bot sides, it's gonna be way easier to vary color balance and achieve the desired color temperature. Thus, if you look for a budget and yet, good quality webcam, you can easily opt for TeckNet C016.

Functional Capabilities

TeckNet webcam is cheap, but not limited in functions. It provides a great lot of functional capabilities to improve the quality of videos and eliminate background noise. It doesn’t have an autofocus, true, but it’s got a face tracking function which means that it’s gonna focus on the eyes rather than movements. Isn’t it what you’d like to have? It might lack some advanced functions that more expensive webcams offer, but it’s definitely got all that’s required to take a decent video - auto exposure, digital zoom, snapshot button, face tracking and manual focus.

Construction and Attach-Ability

This is a small clip-on webcam with versatile attach-abilities. You can either attach it to the screen or use right on the table. The stand of the cam quickly transforms from a flat to a clip-on position so you can ensure the optimal viewing angle for any purpose stress-free. TeckNet webcam features a built-in microphone that removes all unwanted noises and notably improves the speech quality. It is also very simple to install. And though, the instructions on the box say that this cam is Windows-compatible only, through our testing it’s shown to work well with Mac too.

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TeckNet HD720P Webcam - Review & Test
TeckNet C016
TeckNet C016