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Best Webcams of 2022

Best Webcams
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Webcams used to be pretty straightforward: Logitech served most people's needs with mainstays such as the Logitech c920 and the Logitech Brio 4K; while specialty manufacturers like Razer addressed the gaming/streaming market. 

But then the pandemic happened, and suddenly a large percentage of office work was indefinitely remote. Companies raced to enter the market as standalone webcams were snapped up — stock was so limited for most of 2020 that what you bought was based on availability, not quality.

Now it's 2022, and things are finally starting to change. Webcam stock has mostly stabilized, so it might be time to swap out your pandemic cam for something that will make you look and sound fantastic in any lighting situation. We're finally able to confidently list the best webcams of 2022, for work, play, and everything in between. 

Quick Shopping Tips

Here are a few details to keep in mind when shopping for the best webcam.

  • Streaming vs work cam: The webcam market is mostly split into two categories: Work and livestreaming. Livestreaming webcams are more expensive — some can run as high as $500 — and include features such as 4K, professional-level microphones, and wide-angle lenses.

    You probably won't be able to take advantage of these features in a home office, however, because video compression and lag are still issues in most conference call apps — 1080p, or even 720p, is the most your colleagues will ever see.
  • The best webcams on the market used to always include some sort of built-in microphone, but it's more of an afterthought — not a feature. Webcams are usually situated above and away from your face, so even if the mic was good (and it usually isn't), it's not ideally located to pick up your voice. Recently we've been seeing webcams without microphones (even from larger companies, such as Dell), so we definitely recommend picking up one of the best gaming headsets or best gaming microphones so you'll sound as good as you look.
  • Lighting is a bonus: While built-in lighting isn’t a standard feature on most consumer-level webcams quite yet, manufacturers like Razer are doing their best to change that. It doesn’t matter how capable your camera is if your office’s lighting is too dark to take advantage of it.  

Best Webcams 2022

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1. Logitech C920s Pro

Best for most users

Specifications

FOV: 78 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p 30 fps
Megapixels: 3
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

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1080p resolution is fine for video conferencing
+
Affordable
+
Good image quality
+
Good built-in mic

Reasons to avoid

-
Colors may look washed out
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More likely to sell out
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Almost 10 years old 

The Logitech C920s Pro is the latest iteration of the classic Logitech C920, which originally launched in 2013. (The only difference between the original C920 and the C920s Pro is that the latter comes with an optional flip-up privacy cover.) Despite being almost 10 years old, the Logitech C920s Pro is a solid, consistent webcam that captures video at 1080p/30fps and has a 78-degree field of view.  

The C920s Pro has a maximum resolution of 1080p, which might seem low if you’ve been looking at 4K webcams. But 1080p is plenty high for the average user — no video conferencing platforms allow streaming at anywhere near 4K in the first place (and many cap streaming resolution at 720p). The C920s Pro also offers decent color reproduction (its images look a little washed-out when compared with recent rivals’, however) and performs acceptably in both backlit and low-light settings. 

The C920s Pro has built-in dual microphones, which are about as good as you’re going to find on a webcam (not great, but they’ll work in a pinch). It has a built-in monitor stand with a tripod mounting point, and a non-detachable 5-foot (1.5m) USB-A cable. It comes with an optional removable privacy shutter, which is always a nice touch if you’re paranoid (like I am). The C920s Pro is a very good webcam, and is still a competitive option even if it’s been around forever — but this may not be the case for much longer, thanks to the pandemic ushering in a new era of at-home workers and companies scrambling to get into the webcam market.


Microsoft Modern Webcam

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2. Microsoft Modern Webcam

A Mid-Budget Knockout

Specifications

FOV: 78 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p, 60fps
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

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Even Color
+
HDR
+
60 fps option

Reasons to avoid

-
Monitor stand can feel insecure

The Microsoft Modern Webcam is cheaper and more available than the Logitech C920; it also has more features and better, more accurate color reproduction than its older competitor.

The Microsoft Modern Webcam's monitor mount can be shaky on some  monitors, especially those that aren't flat along the back (but you can get it stable with some artful balancing). The sliding physical camera shutter gives this webcam a premium feel.

Microsoft Modern Webcam

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The Microsoft Modern Webcam comes with an intuitive — but not particularly powerful — app that’s designed to look like a Windows menu. The app is where you’ll adjust most of this camera’s special features, including HDR and flicker reduction powered by its ability to capture footage at 60 fps. This webcam’s 1080p @ 60 fps capture is a big get for streamers, especially since many gaming-focused webcams cost upwards of $100.

It’s unfortunate that you can’t swivel or rotate this camera for better shooting angles. While the C920 shares that limitation, there are lower budget options with this flexibility. But if you want a camera in the C920’s space that doesn’t wash out colors as much and has more options, the Microsoft Modern Webcam is an easy choice — so long as your monitor isn't too curvy on the back.

Read:  Microsoft Modern Webcam Review


Insta360 Link

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Best for content creators

Specifications

FOV: 79.5 degrees
Video Resolution: 4K/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 720p/60fps
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent auto-lighting and white balance
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4K resolution with extremely good auto-focus
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Variety of AI-powered modes

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Overkill for most users

The Insta360 Link is an AI-powered 4K webcam perched on a 3-axis gimbal, packed with a variety of capture modes and features that will appeal to content creators such as AI movement tracking, and offers incredibly impressive color reproduction and auto-exposure. This doesn’t come cheap, however — the Link is one of the most expensive webcams on this list with a retail price of $300.

The Link offers unparalleled image quality, thanks to its 1/2-inch sensor and 4K resolution. But — more importantly — the Link has some of the best auto-exposure, color reproduction, and auto-focus we’ve ever seen in a webcam. Most webcams have difficulty adjusting between different lighting scenarios (especially quickly), and while the Link isn’t perfect, it’s very good at adjusting on the fly. This, combined with the webcam’s 3-axis gimbal and AI-powered movement tracking, makes the Link a very powerful contender for content creators who move a lot, or for professional or educational presentations. 

The Link is a very impressive webcam — maybe a little too impressive. Realistically, the Link is probably overkill for all but a very small user demographic. 4K resolution isn’t even possible in most web conferencing apps, and capture modes such as “portrait mode,” “top-down mode,” and “desktop mode” are fun to play with but aren’t terribly beneficial unless you already know how you’re going to use them. 

Read: Insta360 Link Review 


Dell Ultrasharp Webcam

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4. Dell Ultrasharp Webcam

The Best Image Quality

Specifications

FOV: 65/78/90 degrees
Video Resolution: 4K, 1080p, 720p
Megapixels: ?
Focus: Autofocus, Digital Manual Focus

Reasons to buy

+
Stunning image quality
+
Lots of features
+
60 fps options

Reasons to avoid

-
No microphone
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Monitor stand can feel insecure

If you have money to spare, the $199 Dell Ultrasharp Webcam is an easy frontrunner. This camera has loads of features, including 4K @ 30 fps and 1080p @ 60 fps recording, HDR, and even optional AI that helps keep you in frame. It also features three different field of view options, and lots of customizability thanks to the ability to turn on manual focus and zoom sliders. But where this camera really blew us away was on image quality. Regardless of which resolution you pick, this camera’s footage looks sharp and has the most flattering lighting and colors we’ve seen yet — no artifacts or weird pale or yellowish tones found here.

Dell Ultrasharp Webcam

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There are a few issues in the build. While the camera itself feels sturdy and looks stylish, it has a lot of small parts you’ll need to swap in and out. The monitor mount and tripod mount are two separate pieces, for example. You can easily change them in and out since they both fit into the same magnetic slot, but once you add in the magnetic webcam cover, that’s a lot of extra stuff to keep track of. The monitor mount also lacks feet, which means it can feel unstable. I didn't feel like it was going to fall off my monitor, but it took some work to get it to that point.

Still, that’s all worth it for this almost mirror-like image quality. This is definitely one of the more expensive cameras on this list, but given all of this camera’s features and how little you have to work to make its footage look good (although there are plenty of post-processing options), it easily justifies its price.

Read: Dell Ultrasharp Webcam Review


Razer Kiyo Pro

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5. Razer Kiyo Pro

The Best Premium Webcam

Specifications

FOV: Choose from 80 degrees, 90 degrees, 103 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p @ 60 fps
Megapixels: 2.1 Megapixels
Focus: Autofocus, digital manual focus

Reasons to buy

+
 Light sensor makes room lighting easier
+
HDR
+
1080p @ 60fps recording
+
Heavily customizable
+
Clear audio on microphone

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Needs tuning to your needs
-
Software can be obtuse

The Razer Kiyo Pro is Razer’s 2021 update to the Razer Kiyo, and it adds plenty of new features that will be very helpful for content creators and amateur filmmakers alike. These include HDR recording, the ability to capture footage at 1080p @ 60 fps, a light sensor that adjusts how much light the webcam captures to make images as flattering as possible regardless of lighting, and a microphone with headset-level audio quality. 

All of these features come at the loss of the original Kiyo’s ring light and a new $199 price tag. While the light sensor impresses enough to make the loss of the ring light sting less, that new cost limits the camera to creators who need its extra features instead of a more everyday audience.

Razer Kiyo Pro

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The Kiyo Pro’s features can also be a touch difficult to access, because you’ll need Razer Synapse to change settings like field of view or how warm/cool your photos are. And to access 60 fps recording, you’ll need to set that up separately in your recording software.

The price also puts the Kiyo Pro on par with the Logitech Brio 4K, which has the benefit of capturing footage in, well, 4K. But given that most streaming platforms don’t support 4K yet, the Kiyo Pro’s other features do help justify its cost despite its 1080p max resolution.

The Kiyo Pro’s image quality is still excellent, and its 60fps recording is great for game streamers while its HDR capture makes it more appealing to just about everyone. Most people can probably make do without these bells and whistles, but if you want something premium and aren’t sold on 4K, the Kiyo Pro is a solid bet.

Read: Razer Kiyo Pro Webcam Review


Logitech C930e

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6. Logitech C930e

Best Wide Angles

Specifications

FOV: 90 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p 30 fps
Megapixels: 3
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
Good image quality
+
Wide field of view
+
Good built-in mics

Reasons to avoid

-
More expensive than very similar C920s Pro
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Almost 10 years old

The Logitech C930e looks a lot like the C920s Pro — it sports almost the exact same build, except its faceplate is silver instead of black. The C930e is the “business” version of the C920s Pro — it has the same general specs with a couple of hardware improvements and it’s also “certified for use with business applications” such as Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, etc (though this probably meant more when the C930e debuted in 2013).

The C930e has the same sensor as the C920s Pro, but it has an upgraded lens with a wider field of view — 90 degrees versus the C920s Pro’s 78 degrees. This wider field of view is useful not only because it allows you to display an unnecessary amount of your home office, but also because it adds 4x digital zoom (the C920s Pro also offers digital zoom through Logitech’s Logi Capture software). Digital zoom is useful on a webcam because zooming in gives you some control over camera positioning (tilt/pan), which is handy if your webcam isn’t ideally positioned. 

The C930e’s improved lens also improves image quality and color reproduction, as well as low-light performance, though the difference isn’t enormous (and may not even be that noticeable in many situations). The C930e has built-in dual mics that are omnidirectional, unlike the C920s Pro’s mics which are unidirectional. The C930e’s mics are a little better at picking up sound, but, again, this isn’t a dealbreaker (or dealmaker), since most people won’t be using their webcam’s mic anyway.


Best Webcams

Best Webcams: Logitech StreamCam (Image credit: Logitech)

7. Logitech StreamCam

Bells and whistles at a premium

Specifications

FOV: 78 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p and below, 60 fps and below
Megapixels: 2.1
Foxus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
Supports many resolutions and frame rates
+
Omnidirectional mic with noise filter
+
USB-C connectivity
+
Innovative vertical video solution

Reasons to avoid

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No swivel
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More expensive than basic home use calls for
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Just $30 cheaper than the higher quality Brio 4K

The Logitech StreamCam is a premium option, aimed at giving streamers and other content creators everything they need in one package. The focus here is more on convenience than pure quality, however.

The StreamCam is a special contender on our list in that it supports all resolutions from 240p to 1080p, and is able to stream or record each at any frame rate from 5 to 60. Though most will, of course, want to use the highest setting of 1080 60 fps, this lets those with low bandwidth customize their usage to their liking.

It also comes with a built-in omnidirectional microphone, complete with a small noise filter, as well as a white indicator LED, a standard tripod mount (in addition to a monitor mount), auto-focus and exposure, USB-C connectivity, and streaming software for fine-tuning filtering and other capture details. Those who prefer vertical video can also remove the camera from its mount and physically rotate it to shoot with full HD 9:16 video.

At $170 officially, the Logitech StreamCam usually sells for just $30 less than the Logitech Brio 4K Ultra, but since most streaming platforms don’t support 4K yet, its unique bonus features still make it an enticing buy. 


Logitech Brio

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8. Logitech Brio

Best Business-Oriented 4K

Specifications

FOV: 90/78/65 degrees
Video Resolution: 4Kand below, 60 fps and below
Megapixels: 13
Foxus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
4K resolution
+
HDR Recording
+
Windows Hello Support

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
 Build quality could be better
-
 Privacy cover feels cheap

The Logitech Brio combines 4K resolution with Logitech’s webcam expertise — it’s no surprise this webcam has been popular since it first debuted in 2017. The Brio features 4K/30fps resolution (1080p/60fps), a 90-degree field of view, 5x digital zoom, and great image quality, color reproduction, and low-light performance. 

The Brio performs well, but it’s no longer the only 4K webcam on the market — and more recent contenders, such as the Insta360 Link and the Lumina 4K, are able to offer better auto-exposure, color reproduction, and auto-focused thanks to AI-powered software tweaks. But while newer 4K webcams are looking toward streamers and content creators, the Brio is more business-focused: It includes Windows Hello support and is optimized for use with business apps such as Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype for Business. 

Of course, most business users don’t need — and can’t even use — a 4K webcam, because most web conferencing apps limit output resolution to 720p (or lower). (But even at lower resolutions, the Brio offers better image quality and color reproduction than its non-4K siblings, the C930e and C920s Pro.) The Brio is a good 4K webcam, but it could probably use an update, especially now that there are multiple 4K webcams on the market.


Elgato Facecam

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9. Elgato Facecam

For fine tuning your livestream

Specifications

FOV: 82 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p @ 60 fps
Megapixels: -
Focus: -

Reasons to buy

+
1080p @ 60 fps
+
Fixed focus
+
Live ISO information

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
No HDR or 4K

Elgato’s long been a contender in the streaming realm, with capture cards and stream decks that make it a popular brand among content creators, but the Elgato Facecam is its first webcam. With that comes a few first-time jitters that need to be worked out, but the Elgato Facecam still has unique advantages that might justify its lack of features elsewhere, assuming you’re part of its target, hardcore steamer audience.

At $199, the Elgato Facecam costs as much as the Razer Kiyo Pro and the Dell Ultrasharp webcam, but it doesn’t have 4K or HDR. What it does have is 1080p @ 60 fps recording, a fixed focus lens, and live ISO information in its software. While 1080p @ 60 fps footage isn’t unique to this camera, those last two features are rare even on other specialty equipment. But if you spend hours in front of a desk broadcasting to viewers every day, they might be plenty useful for you.

Elgato Facecam

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The Elgato Facecam’s fixed focus lens is optimized to depict any subjects within 3 to 5 feet of the lens with perfect clarity, which is perfect if you’re just showing off your streaming space. This lets you quickly move about your space and bring new objects on screen without waiting for autofocus to catch up. Meanwhile, the live ISO feed lets you easily adjust your room’s lighting.

Still, those are hardcore features that even a good deal of streamers probably won’t be interested in. The Elgato Facecam’s build also comes with some compromises, in that the plastic feels cheap and the camera itself is pretty topheavy on its monitor mount. Plus, given its lack of more generally applicable features like HDR, which other cameras at this price point do have, we can’t recommend this for everyone. But to its target niche, it’s unique strengths might be worth its lack of consideration elsewhere.

Read: Elgato Facecam Review


Ausdom AW651

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10. Ausdom AW651

1440p Capture on a Budget

Specifications

FOV: 78 degrees default, customizable
Video Resolution: 1440p @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 60 fps
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
1440p
+
HDR
+
60 fps option
+
Comes with a tripod

Reasons to avoid

-
Unintuitive software
-
Images can appear overly sharp

The Ausdom AW651 is Ausdom’s most recent webcam, and it makes for a more powerful yet affordable alternative to other 1080p and above webcams from major brands like Logitech. At about $10 more than the MSRP for the Logitech C920, this camera offers both 1440p capture at 30 fps and 1080p capture at 60 fps. While the camera’s sensor can produce overly sharp images and it resorts to distributing clunky freeware rather than coming up with its own software, it is a technically capable device that offers a lot of capability for its price point.

This camera produced bright footage with accurate colors when we reviewed it, in part thanks to its ability to capture at 1440p. If you prefer to shoot at 1080p, you can also capture footage at 60 fps with this device, which will be useful for game streamers. HDR is another feature here, and in a nice touch, this camera comes with a tripod and can also rotate 360 degrees. Its tilt is a bit more limited, ranging from 180 degrees when pointing down to 30 degrees when pointing up.

AnkerWork B600 Video Bar Webcam

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This camera’s software is its biggest problem, since it suggests you use a freeware program called Amcap to configure it. This is a powerful but clunky program that reminds you of the small company jank Ausdom still can’t quite escape from, and while you can use the Windows camera app instead, it’s not quite as powerful. Luckily, there’s other freeware solutions like OBS or Nvidia Broadcast that you can use to configure this device instead.

Read: Ausdom AW651 Review 


Opal C1 Webcam

 Best Futuristic Webcam: Opal C1 Webcam (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

11. Opal C1 Webcam

Best Futuristic Webcam

Specifications

FOV: 78 degrees default, customizable
Video Resolution: 4k @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 60 fps
Megapixels: 12.33
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
Smartphone style computational photography
+
Software is useful and easy to navigate
+
Looks stylish

Reasons to avoid

-
Costs $300
-
Software is Mac only and requires subscription

The Opal C1 webcam is both an exciting indication of things to come in the future of webcams overall and also a niche product that probably won’t appeal to most users. If money is no object, then yes, this camera probably takes the best photos and video on this list. At the same time, it costs $300, its software is Mac-only, and said software costs $4 a month.

It’s an easy-to-use software suite, sure, and there are convenient features such as bokeh and an AI powered touch-up function. But we’ve seen similar functionality for cheaper elsewhere, and it doesn’t make you sign up for yet another “service.”

Opal C1 Webcam

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What makes the Opal C1 worth keeping an eye on is its focus on “computational photography.” This is a technique primarily used in smartphones, and it’s why your iPhone’s camera usually captures better looking footage than the webcam attached to your $2000 laptop. Sure, the camera sensors themselves are powerful, but the real magic is the small edits your phone does in real-time to beef up an image before you even see it.

Webcams, for the most part, don’t employ that trick, and that’s because they usually don’t have beefy processors of their own. The Opal C1, meanwhile, uses the Intel Myriad X, a VPU that specializes in on-device neural networks. The result is stunning, and even if photography purists will decry the lack of neutrality that comes with your camera editing your photo before you even see it, it does a great job of showing you in your most flattering light. It’s just probably not so flattering that it’s worth $300+. Still, it’s tech we want to see other brands look into incorporating into their own webcams in the future.

Read: Opal C1 Review 


Anker PowerConf C300

An affordable upgrade: Anker PowerConf C300 (Image credit: Anker)

12. Anker PowerConf C300

An affordable upgrade

Specifications

FOV: 78/90/115 degrees
Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Megapixels:
Focus: Autofocus

Reasons to buy

+
Consistent image quality
+
Multiple FOV options
+
60 fps options

Reasons to avoid

-
Detachable camera shutter feels cheap
-
Laggy software

Sometimes, you need a bit more from a webcam, but don’t want to break the bank. Usually, recording at 60 fps or in HDR requires you to spend up to almost $200, but Anker’s new PowerConf C300 packs those features at a much more affordable $130 price point. 

Anker PowerConf C300

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You’ll have to deal with some laggy software to access most of them, and the included detachable, adhesive camera shutters are so cheaply made that you might as well not use them at all. But with fidelity that frequently beats the Logitech C920 and lots of customizability, including multiple field of view options, this is a great choice for those who like to tinker. There’s even automatic AI framing to help you keep your shots focused on you as you move about, although it’s a little tricky to actually trigger it.

Read: Anker PowerConf C300 Review


Other Webcams We Tested

  • Razer Kiyo: The base Razer Kiyo is still a good webcam, and is one of the few cameras from a reputable company that has an included ring light, but at this point is old technology. While it no longer costs $100, its capabilities are far behind that of the Razer Kiyo Pro, and aren’t definitively better than other 1080p standards like the Logitech C930e.

  • Ausdom AW635: The Ausdom AW635 was a more valuable camera towards the beginning of the pandemic when stock on basic mainstays like the Logitech C920 was more difficult to find. Now that stock has normalized, its borderline unacceptable image quality has less appeal.

    Read: Ausdom webcam roundup
  • Aukey 1080p: This one was a hard omission, but as its primary role on this list was as a Logitech C920 clone, it doesn’t serve as much purpose now that webcam stock has stabilized. Paradoxically, it can be a bit hard to find now, which also makes it harder to recommend, but it is roughly on par with Logitech’s budget cameras, if you can find one.
  • AnkerWork B600 Video Bar: This webcam has strong visual fidelity and a number of conference-call friendly features like a speaker and a built-in light bar with touch controls, but its price makes it a poor option for anyone who doesn't need those extras.

    Read: AnkerWork B600 Video Bar Webcam Review

How We Test

We test each of our webcams by inspecting its specifications, finding suitable competitors for its price point and capabilities and then shooting test photos and footage in a number of lighting conditions. We first shoot in a neutrally lit home office during the afternoon, then we draw the curtains and shoot again to see how our camera deals with darkness. To get an understanding of how our cameras handles being saturated with light, we also point them towards the office window during the final phase of testing.

If a camera comes with software, we may repeat our testing with various settings tweaked, to make sure we accurately depict all of its abilities. Finally, we also inspect a camera's build quality and how easily the lens can be moved, adjusted or covered.

Finding Discounts on the Best Webcams

Whether you're shopping for one of the best webcams or one that didn't quite make our list, you may find savings by checking out the latest Logitech promo codes, Newegg promo codes, Amazon promo codes, Razer promo codes or Micro Center coupons.

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Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware covering peripherals, software, and custom builds. You can find more of her work in PCWorld, Macworld, TechHive, CNET, Gizmodo, Tom's Guide, PC Gamer, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, SHAPE, Cosmopolitan, and just about everywhere else.

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  • Makaveli
    The logitech 920S goes for $99 that $400+ amazon price is laughable.

    Talk about price gouging.
    Reply
  • USAFRet
    Makaveli said:
    The logitech 920S goes for $99 that $400+ amazon price is laughable.

    Talk about price gouging.
    Yep.
    I bought a Logitech C270 about a month ago (for other reasons). $17 on Amazon.
    Looking today, $85, and only 'used'.
    :eek: :non:
    Reply
  • cassian
    I have been thinking about getting a webcam for several months, ie before the COVID19 disaster. I went to Amazon and then did an Internet search and found your timely and super review. So helpful. Thank you!

    Most of my equipment is from Dell so I scampered over there and ordered the Logitech C930e HD Audio Webcam. Delivery is May 4. So maybe all the novel coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the disease COVID-19 will not survive the trip from China.
    Just a side note. Tom'sHardware is the most useful, best written, and most interesting tech website I know. You all do an excellent job.
    Reply
  • liquidpower
    what about the logitech brio (windows hello 4k looks great)
    Reply
  • starvinmarvin
    Microsoft Lifecam Studio and Lifecam 3000/4000 have an unfortunate glitch which many (but not all) users have encountered. It's the auto-focus feature, and it keeps going briefly out of focus then back into focus every 8 or 10 seconds as it "hunts for the correct setting. If this happens to you try turning auto-focus off. Other than that it's a good webcam with nice detail, accurate color, and a pretty good microphone. As usual, the microphone works best when you sit up close to it.
    We also have a Logitech C910 which is the predecessor to the C920. One of the main differences between the two is that the C920 has a different compression algorithm which makes it better suited for 1080p video chat. A good feature they both share is auto-focus. You can hold an item as close as 4 inches away from the C910 or C920 and within a couple of seconds the item will come sharply into focus (assuming you hold the object still, of course). Link to show auto-focus in action: Logitech C910 Auto-focus up close.
    Reply
  • Co BIY
    Was able to order a Razer Kiyo through Dell with delivery said to be April 17 for the MSRP of $100. Most other Web Cameras on the site listed delivery as June.

    The Logitech HD Pro was also available but only bundled with a Blue Yeti Microphone for around $200. The Dell site had a nice feature on each product page that says "Check Delivery date" saved a lot of time and hassle.

    We'll see if they deliver.

    My wife does Telemedicine and asked me about a web cam today.

    Thanks Toms's.

    Additional:

    hp.com - Out of Stock
    Bhphotovideo - Back ordered most expecting availability in Mid-April.
    Microcenter Denver - Sold Out
    Reply
  • starvinmarvin
    Co BIY said:

    My wife does Telemedicine and asked me about a web cam today.

    May I inquire as to what software your wife uses for Telemedicine, please? My GF has two upcoming doctor appointments which had to be postponed because neither doctor was set up for Telemedicine calls, and there's no way she's going into a waiting room with sick people at this time. I realize that HIPPA privacy concerns must be met but, hey, the year is 2020 and Telemedicine has been around for several years in some medical practices, so what's the problem? I mean, is there any doctor who doesn't have a laptop or PC with a webcam?
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  • daglesj
    I have a C525 and it's okay. Got it mounted on my 4K TV and hooked up to a spare PC that I made a Zoom/Skype control centre for the duration. It works just fine.

    Strangely I have found a device with a surprising good webcam that I all but forgot about. I dug out my old work laptop which is a Dell Lattitude E6410. And decided for a laugh to see how bad the webcam was. Well...erm...it's really good. Nice and sharp, low noise, good low light and great colour. The mic array works pretty well too. I was quite shocked for such an old laptop. Better performance than any of the Macs/Macbook and more modern laptops friends etc. I connect to use.

    You can pick them up for next to nothing on Ebay and super easy to upgrade to better specs on CPU/RAM/SSD/Wi-Fi.
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  • Co BIY
    My wife is using primarily Zoom but has also used Facetime when that's all her patient's have. Her office uses Microsoft Teams for their meetings and she has used that with patients too.

    I have used Zoom to talk to my doc and thought it worked well. Although frankly a phone call works fine too. Fewer distractions.

    I figure herd security tactics will work well for most video conference just like with regular mail. Billions of packets, they'll have to search a ton video of no use to anyone without direct connection to the event.

    Unfortunately I got a email today and Dell cannot get me my web cam until August ! After promising me April 17. Only sent me the message today.
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  • Co BIY
    Dell came through and delivered the camera about May 15th.
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