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This Solid Logitech c920 Webcam Substitute Is on Sale for $40

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With the best webcams still M.I.A., thanks to the pandemic, thousands of new telecommuters are now looking to lesser-known alternatives for their videoconferencing needs. Some of these come from relatively unknown brands, while others represent more well-known companies entering a new field. 

Take the Aukey 1080p webcam. Aukey's known more for making some of the best chargers than it is for cameras. But this Aukey webcam is currently on sale for $39.99 on Amazon (down from $60.00). If you need a camera fast for school or work, it's also worth noting that (at the time of this writing), this Aukey cam is in stock and available for next-day shipping in some locations.

Aukey 1080p webcam: was $59.99, now $39.99 @ Amazon
The Aukey 1080p webcam is a copycat of the Logitech c920 but is actually in stock, plus offered decent performance in our testing. It has a 65-degree field of view and wide angle lens. View Deal

The Aukey 1080p webcam is, in both form and function, essentially a clone of Logitech’s beloved but sold-out c920 webcam. In our testing, we found that while Aukey's webcam wasn't exactly on par with the Logitech c920 on picture quality, it still beat most other competitors available on the market right now. That’s thanks to strong texture recreation and a wide angle on shots. Colors were a little warmer than real-life, but selfies still looked realistic and there was almost no grain in our shots. 

The Aukey 1080p webcam also has a few features the c920 lacks, like a 360-degree horizontal swivel and robust vertical tilt. Its built-in microphone is a little sharp and prone to picking up background noise but also loud and clear. 

  • salgado18
    Why not use the smartphone as a webcam? Technically, it's free, since the phone was already purchased.

    But on lesser known cams, it's tough to buy something that's not good, and there aren't many reviews about them around. Thanks for the tip, and bring on more alternatives :)
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  • digitalgriffin
    You know you are a geek when the article is about a webcam quality and your eyes immediately focus on the curio in the corner to see if there's gundam/robotech figures in there.
    Reply
  • GeekyOne
    salgado18 said:
    Why not use the smartphone as a webcam? Technically, it's free, since the phone was already purchased.

    But on lesser known cams, it's tough to buy something that's not good, and there aren't many reviews about them around. Thanks for the tip, and bring on more alternatives :)

    I tried using my phone a couple of times when the video didn't work on my old Logitech with Zoom (still haven't been able to figure that out as it works fine with Google Meets, Teams, Ring, etc.), but the small view and trying to prop it up to have the right angle with it slipping down all the while was a pain.
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  • USAFRet
    salgado18 said:
    Why not use the smartphone as a webcam? Technically, it's free, since the phone was already purchased.

    But on lesser known cams, it's tough to buy something that's not good, and there aren't many reviews about them around. Thanks for the tip, and bring on more alternatives :)
    Because not every use speaks to a smartphone.

    For instance....
    Kids going back to school 'at home' today. Laptops have built in webcams...PC's do not.
    Zoom classes require some camera functionality.

    For instance...
    Time lapse vids of my 3D printer doing its thing.
    I could probably use a smartphone to do that. Until, 45 minutes into a 3 hour print, I needed to use the smartphone for something else.
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  • King_V
    Dang, less than 24 hours since this was posted, but when I clicked, it was $54.99, with a checkbox to save 10%, that would bring it down to $49.99.

    Is the $39.99 deal for Prime members only?
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  • Mandark
    King_V said:
    Dang, less than 24 hours since this was posted, but when I clicked, it was $54.99, with a checkbox to save 10%, that would bring it down to $49.99.

    Is the $39.99 deal for Prime members only?
    Nope I’ve got prime and it’s 54.99 and 10% off coupon
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  • USAFRet
    In Feb, I bought a Logitech C270. $17, 2 day shipping from Amazon.
    Today, that same one is $52, with 2 week delivery.
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  • nofanneeded
    FHD webcams in 2020 for $40 , no ty ...

    Today you can get full phone with 4 cameras one of them 64 mpixel that can capture 4K/30 movies , and full CPU , , huge battery, LCD ,6GB RAM , CPU , LTE , 128GB SSD , Charger , etc for $200 ...

    and you want us to pay $40 for low quality camera ?? at least give us decent camera then and ask for $40 ...

    example

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001045068632.html
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  • King_V
    Welp, maybe not back on the 12th, but today, I stumbled across it again on Amazon, and it's $49.99 and a checkbox for a $10 coupon to bring it down to $39.99.

    And I only found out because I'd put it on my wishlist, and happened to notice the price while ordering something else.
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