Best WebCams

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 16, 2020
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 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Attach-ability
Resolution
Frame Rate
Photo Quality
Lens Quality
Functions
Connection Type
Supported OS
Warranty
 
PROS

The RightLight™ 3 technology works in conjunction with the HDR function to automatically adjust exposure and contrast, meaning that you will always look your best in front of your audience. The software that comes with the app will allow you to blur any background distractions or simply replace it with any image you want.

CONS

Some users find the detachable clip a bit impractical.

OUR VERDICT

The Logitech BRIO is easily the best camera for YouTube. But if you do not particularly care for the latter website, you might still want to consider this webcam as it will allow you to stream on Twitch, talk to your colleagues on Skype, or simply record videos in the Ultra HD resolution.

detailed parameters
Attach-ability

Universal, table stand, and clip-on

Resolution

3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD

Frame Rate

30 FPS

Photo Quality

~8 megapixels

Lens Quality

Glass

Functions

Built-in infrared sensor, Adjustable field of view, RightLight™ 3 with HDR, Detachable clip, Privacy shade

Connection Type

Wire connection via USB (3.0 USB version required for 4K Ultra HD)

Supported OS

Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS

Warranty

3 years limited

PROS

A decent Full HD webcam at an affordable price that’s gonna record high-quality videos in most lighting conditions. The cam features a glass lens for efficient light transmission and autofocus to make your shots clearer and less distorted even if you move.

CONS
Full HD is good only for Skype. For the rest video activity, you may need to change resolution down to 720p.
OUR VERDICT

What we have here is a mid-priced Full HD webcam with tech characteristics of more expensive models to record all bright and memorable moments of your life and broadcast them.

detailed parameters
Attach-ability

Universal, table stand, and clip-on

Resolution
1920 x 1080 Full HD
Frame Rate

30 FPS

Photo Quality
15 megapixels
Lens Quality

Glass

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 or 3.0 

Supported OS

Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android

Warranty

2 years limited

PROS

The webcam is compatible with Linux, Ubuntu, even with Chrome OS, Xbox One, and Android. The 2D digital noise reduction tech makes the on-camera visuals less distorted and more detailed. There's an LED light that you can turn on and off when the lighting conditions change. 

CONS

The cord gets tangled. 

OUR VERDICT

The Anivia W5 takes no time and no skill, you plug the camera and start streaming, recording, video calling, anything that webcams are usually only able to do when you've installed proprietary drivers. With all the light correction tech, the device will make you look more than accurate.

detailed parameters
Attach-ability

Multifunctional bracket 

Resolution

1920 x 1080 Full HD

Frame Rate

30 FPS

Photo Quality

2 megapixels

Lens Quality

Plastic

Functions

2D digital noise reduction, HDR dynamic range, Automatic low-light correction

Connection Type

Wire connection via USB 2.0

Supported OS

Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Linux, Android, Ubuntu, Xbox One

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Using the privacy cover, you can not only ensure that even the best hackers will not be able to record you but also protect the lens from moisture and dust. The camera streams and records without optical distortion, making the content look authentic and lifelike. 

CONS

The viewing angles are pretty limited (70 degrees). 

OUR VERDICT

The Amcrest AWC201-B Webcam will let you start streaming and recording right away. The camera works without requiring drivers. You won't need to install any third-party software to ensure that the 'cam is working fine. Plus, it is compatible with most streaming and video chat software.

detailed parameters
Attach-ability

Universal, table stand, and clip-on

Resolution

1920 x 1080 Full HD

Frame Rate

30 FPS

Photo Quality

2 megapixels

Lens Quality

Plastic

Functions

Built-in microphone with noise-reduction technology, Privacy cover

Connection Type

Wire connection via USB

Supported OS

Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android, Xbox One

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The camera stretches the viewing angles 110 degrees. The clip is tripod-ready and easily rotatable. The Automatic Light Correction prevents the content from getting overexposed when the ambient light is excessive and from getting underexposed when it is insufficient. 

CONS

The photos come out low-detailed. 

OUR VERDICT

The Svcouok pT011 works with most platforms and operating systems, from Android and Xbox One to Windows, Mac OS, and Chrome OS. The model offers mid-range and, at times, almost high-end specs at a budget price, ensuring that the content remains crisp and vibrant despite the environment.

detailed parameters
Attach-ability

Universal, table stand, and clip-on

Resolution

1920 x 1080 Full HD

Frame Rate

30 FPS

Photo Quality

2 megapixels

Lens Quality

Plastic

Functions

Facial-enhancement technology, Built-in microphone with noise-reduction technology

Connection Type

Wire connection via USB

Supported OS

Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android, Xbox One

Warranty

3 months

Logitech BRIO

Back to the Roots of Vlogging

People like Louie Cole from FunForLouie or Devin Graham that is behind the Devinsupertramp would make you think that vlogging is all about these crazy adventures that you have to take in order to entertain your audience. But the roots of video blogging don't have anything to do with that sort of lifestyle. The very first vloggers would just sit in front of a camera and bare their soul to the audience, talk about the things that excite them or the topics that they consider to be of the utmost importance. And with the Logitech BRIO, you can easily do the same.

What we have here isn't just a vlogging camera under 200 bucks. It is also one of the simplest and most convenient models that a variety of different people can use to jump-start their vlogging career. And even if you do not particularly care for vlogging, you can use this webcam for other recording purposes, as well as video conferencing with your colleagues and streaming on Twitch or any other similar platform. The model doesn't even care whether you prefer to sit in a bright office or in a dimly lit room as the Logitech's very own RightLight™ 3 technology that works in conjunction with the High Dynamic Range function automatically adjusts exposure and contrast, meaning that you will always look your best in front of your audience, be it thousands of viewers or your mother at the other end of the Skype call.

Review of Logitech BRIO 4K UHD Webcam (HDR, Autofocus, Type-C)

You Decide What to Share

Though we are talking about a rather affordable vlogging camera, that didn't stop Logitech from implementing a premium glass sens and the technologies required to allow the sensor to shoot and capture video in the Ultra HD resolution. Plus, the aforementioned HDR will make sure that the sort of imagery your viewers are going to experience will be as close to reality as possible.

The camera also comes with three adjustable fields of view. Using the latter, you will be able to focus the camera only on those areas that you want your viewers to see. And, speaking of the things you would or wouldn't want other people to see, the software that comes with the app will allow you to blur any background distractions in case you wouldn't want to invite your viewers to whatever is going on there or simply replace it with any image you want. Of course, you gotta share something with your audience, and the 5x digital zoom on this small vlogging camera will provide you with the option of displaying a closer view of the details that you'd like other people to observe. That said, where's video there's always audio, and a couple of omnidirectional microphones that come with the cam feature the sort of noise cancellation technologies that will make you want to throw your old mic out. And if you wouldn't really describe yourself as a trusting kind, the model has you covered with an external shutter that turns the camera off and an infrared sensor that works with the majority of facial recognition apps.

To sum it all up, the Logitech BRIO is easily the best camera for YouTube. But if you do not particularly care for the latter website, you might still want to consider this webcam as it will allow you to stream on Twitch, talk to your colleagues on Skype, or simply record videos in the Ultra HD resolution.

Logitech BRIO 4K UHD Webcam (HDR, Autofocus, Type-C) in the use

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Features

Love this cam as the autofocus is the best feature that I like to most. Windows Hello works great with this cam Picture and video quality is perfect for my use.

Key Specs

On it's own, the camera looks great. The auto white balance/exposure nails it, and you get a clean, clear video out of the box.
 

Logitech C920

Great Image Quality

The Logitech C920 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).

The people behind Logitech have never been especially obsessed with aesthetics and this product is no exception. The camera's black profile is stern and simplistic, albeit relatively sleek. The camera measures fairly standard 1 x 3.7 x 1.2 inches, so you'll have no issues clipping this webcam onto most monitors or finding enough space for the webcam on the desk and use the supplied table stand to attach the 'cam.

Review of Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam with Microphone

More Than Functional

For whatever reason you want to buy a webcam, the 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. The 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?

The 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 aforementioned stand sits on rubber tips that prevent slipping and ensure firm fixation of the cam onto any surface, be it standard tables/desks, displays, tripods, and more.

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.

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam with Microphone in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Resolution and wide area is great for webcam usage!

Features

The auto-focus, wide angle and image clarity are first rate. (For advanced functions Logitech offers additional models and software at a higher price.)
 

Anviva W5

The Lighting Conditions Addressed

The Anivia W5 looks not unlike most budget webcams usually look these days, not doing the impressive tech inside this device any favors. But look past the somewhat bland appearance and you can see why this model's made the list and how it is good enough to trade blows with much more expensive peers.

First things first, the device comes fitted with this high-pixel CMOS sensor, ensuring consistent performance even when the lighting conditions leave much to be desired. When there's literally no lighting though besides illumination light coming from the screen, you can always turn the LED light that the webcam's armed with to make the low-light situation that much more presentable. Now, even when that's not enough, there's also the device's automatic low-light correction tech that normally does an excellent job making the footage/picture acceptable.

You can rave about all this tech and there are enough reasons to do so because almost everything rides on the light, the light around you, the light behind you, the light before you and between you and the camera. You cannot have enough solutions addressing the lighting conditions, hence the HDR-compatible tech that corrects the impression when the footage is both under- and overexposed.

Finally done with that part, the 2D digital noise reduction solution rounds up the device's visuals-related tech, making the output more detailed and less grainy.

Review of Anviva W5 1080P Webcam with Microphone

Compatible with Basically any OS

The microphone that the Anivia W5 is housing is pretty good but nothing we haven't seen before, usually able to reduce outside noise and pick up the voice and nothing else from considerable (20-25 feet) distances.

Now, setting tech aside, the model's construction is what's left. This is where things get inconsistent though. You start with the fact that the device works without drivers, all you have to do is plug the webcam and you're ready to stream, record, conduct video calls, and so on. Then, you go to the part where the model's compatible not only with Windows and Mac OS but also Linux, Ubuntu, Chrome OS, Android, and even Xbox One's OS, which's great, we're not complaining at all. But the cord is too long and always tangles up. The plastic lens is quite fragile, so we'd recommend exercising caution. And the bracket, though pretty handy, won't let you use the webcam stationary, something that's not uncommon but we're deducting points anyway.

Even taking these small flaws into account though, the Anivia W5 is an easy decision to make when you're working with less than 40 bucks and need something good enough to make the footage look crisp and accurate.

Anviva W5 1080P Webcam with Microphone in the use

 

Amcrest (AWC201-B)

Military-esque Appeal

The Amcrest AWC201-B Webcam looks almost military-esque. In general, most people like web cameras a little less bulky but, with this one, we can see these people coming around. Plus, even though you can presume so from the pictures, the camera is not really that large. Measuring 4.9 x 2.7 x 2.2 inches, we're talking about maybe an extra inch here and an extra inch there, which is noticeable, no doubt, but also not as much as one might reckon. We're not quite sure why there are these two massive wings to the lens' side but, again, this is all about preference and some may find them aesthetically pleasing.

As much as we like talking about aesthetics though, when you're discussing webcams, appearance matters the least. The microphone, on the other hand, matters quite a bit. In this case, the mic contributes even more than usual, with its dual noise-reducing setup ensuring excellent stereo audio and clarity. Even the noisiest environments will let you stream without worrying about the people on the other end not being able to understand the message you're relaying.

Even though lenses sell webcams more than every other component combined, we'll leave them for last. Before that, the 'cam comes equipped with a mounting clip and a 1/4-inch tripod thread, so you can use practically any surface, even those that are not 100% flat and even. Connection-wise, not unlike most web cameras, this one uses the USB port and lets you work with Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, even Android Xbox One. The cable that the model is shipped with measures 5.5 feet (167 centimetres), so you can place the camera quite far away from the content source.

Review of Amcrest (AWC201-B) 1080P Webcam with Microphone

No Optical Distortion

Cutting to the chase, the lens is where the magic happens. That said, by "lens", we're also talking about the tech behind that lens, including the 1/3-inch CMOS image sensor. Aside from the viewing angles limited to 70 degrees, which is pretty middling these days, the tech here does not disappoint. You can easily stream Full HD (1920 x 108)P) content at 30 fps without any optical distortion. Thanks to the camera's native high-res setup, you can stream webinars, record online lessons, lead video conferences, and more.

Finally, something that most web cameras are doing nowadays, this one also comes featuring a privacy cover, so you can shield the camera knowing that no one can spy on you as well as protect the lens from dust.

Long story short, as long as its size does not bother you, the Amcrest AWC201-B Webcam should fit whatever bill you're looking at/for.

Amcrest (AWC201-B) 1080P Webcam with Microphone in the use

Additional Info

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Svcouok (pT011)

Earning a Seat at the Mid-Range Table

The Svcouok pT011 serves almost as a gatekeeper between cheap webcams and pricey mid-range models. Even though this camera costs about as much as most budget models, its specs earn the device a seat at the mid-range table.

First and foremost, this 'cam can stream fluid, 30 fps footage without scaling down, meaning that you can stream, record, and produce Full HD (1920 x 1080p) content, something that web cameras within this price point can seldom replicate.

Even more impressive though is the Automatic Light Correction feature. True to its name, the feature takes ambient light and, in layman's terms, reduces or increases its impact, making sure that the footage is not over- or underexposed. This is huge since, adjusting tone and brightness, the camera enables you to stream in dim light as well as in bright rooms without closing the blinds or turning on the lights.

What's also pretty huge is the model's HDR support, making the visuals bright and expressive and automatically adjusting exposure and contrast, so you can record vibrant-looking footage and lead webinars/video conferences knowing that the content is looking good.

Wrapping up the subject, while most budget webcams are capping at ~60 degrees, this model captures 110 degrees, offering an almost unparalleled perspective (at least as far as budget 'cams are concerned) letting you record and record without confining you to a narrow objective.

Review of Svcouok (pT011) 1080p Webcam with Microphone

Filtering Out Background Noise

From an appearance angle, this model looks pretty standard, nothing that we feel inclined to criticise but also nothing that deserves considerable praise. That being said, measuring 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.4 inches, it's quite compact, so we'll give credit where credit is due.

On the giving credit subject, the integrated microphone here deserves some too, primarily thanks to its effective noise-reduction tech filtering out unwanted background noise and picking up the voice even from ~5 meters (16 feet). A little less impressive but also pretty sweet is the 6-feet long cable, letting you place the webcam almost anywhere you want without feeling constrained by the content source.

Despite the decent 2-megapixel setup, the camera captures middling photos. Even taking that into account though, the Svcouok pT011 is a pretty impressive specimen, offering mid-range performance at a budget price. To add more, the model works with most operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android, and Xbox One.

Svcouok (pT011) 1080p Webcam with Microphone in the use

 

What Is a Webcam?

Were you born two-three decades ago, 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? Yeah, most people back in the days probably would've never believed this science fiction-esque idea either. Nevertheless, with the invention of a webcam, this concept has 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 these five Bluetooth headsets we’ve handpicked for you in our other review.

What Features to Compare

Image Quality

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.

Lens Quality

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.

Functional Capabilities

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.

Construction and Attach-ability

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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