We’ve picked out a great bunch of webcams that can step up your streaming and video calls, especially if you pair them with a quality microphone for streaming. (Note: Web cameras are in extreme demand so we’ve highlighted multiple retailers but they might temporarily be out of stock.)
TL;DR – These are the Best Webcams:
- Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam
- Lenovo Essential FHD Webcam
- Aukey PC-LM1E Full HD Webcam
- Logitech C922 Pro Stream
- Razer Kiyo
- AVerMedia Live Streamer 4K CAM PW513
- Logitech C930e
- Logitech StreamCam
1. Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam
Right now, just about any quality webcam you can get your hands on may feel worth it. The Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam is a top contender for its balanced offering. With any luck, you’ll be able to get it for about $80, as that’s how much it should cost. That said, the webcams that are available right now tend to have their prices inflated a bit by the serious demand.
Even if you do have to pay a bit above retail value, the Logitech C920S will give you strong performance. This webcam delivers Full HD video at 30fps, ensuring you have crisp video for your work calls or game streaming. It also supports stereo audio. The mounting stand included with the C920S will make it easy to set up on top of your monitor. And, its excellent autofocus will help keep you clear even if your setup isn’t consistent. All that said, with prices all over the place, you may find the C920S priced close to some of its higher-end competitors, so don’t forget to check out the other webcams below.
2. Lenovo Essential FHD Webcam
Best Budget Webcam
Despite there being such a high demand for webcams this year, Lenovo is offering an affordable option that doesn’t make a huge sacrifice in visual quality. The Lenovo Essential FHD Webcam is, as the name suggests, a Full HD webcam that can ensure your video quality gets the premium treatment.
It may not be 4K, and Lenovo doesn’t mention anything about offering up 60fps, but you can forgive those omissions when you see the price tag. The Lenovo Essential FHD Webcam even includes a privacy cover and features dual microphones.
3. Aukey PC-LM1E Full HD Webcam
Best Ultra Cheap Webcam
Webcams can be surprisingly expensive. They’ve been around for ages and may seem like something that should come cheap, but to get a good one, it’s not nearly as cheap as you might think (especially if you want 1080p video). And, prices have only been worse recently thanks to a surge in demand. But, if you’re on a budget and still want the good stuff, Aukey has you covered with the PC-LM1E webcam.
This webcam offers up a 1080p resolution with stereo mics, so people will be able to see and hear you just fine. It comes on a stand that lets it easily mount onto laptop displays and external monitors, or it can sit on a desk. With an adjustable angle and a 65-degree field of view, it’ll be easy to frame your video feed. This webcam works with Windows, Mac, and even Android devices.
4. Logitech C922 Pro Stream
Best 60fps Webcam
No, you’re not seeing double, but you would be forgiven for thinking that’s the case. The Logitech C922 is almost identical to the C920S but with a few extra improvements for game streaming to justify (debatably) its increase in price. You can still record 1080p video at 30fps, like its predecessor, but the C922x also adds 720p resolution streaming at 60fps—meaning it can match the refresh rate of your 60fps game
Another streamer focused feature is this webcam’s integrated ability to remove the background around you. The effect looks convincing enough but a physical green screen will always look better. The C922 also adds a higher quality glass lens and better low-light correction. We still think the original C920S is a better value, but if those extra features are important to you, the C922 is a great option.
5. Razer Kiyo
Best Streaming Webcam
The Razer Kiyo is similar to the Logitech C922x in that it can stream 1080p at 30fps, or 720p video at 60fps. But what sets the Kiyo apart is its integrated light ring, which allows for a more professional looking capture even in a dimly lit environment. Ring lights have been a semi-secret tool in videographers’ kits for years, as they have a tendency to make subjects look more evenly lit and in turn softens skin tones and features. There’s a reason they’re nicknamed Diva Lights.
6. AVerMedia Live Streamer 4K CAM PW513
Best 4K Webcam
A Full HD webcam might do the job when you’re just trying to pop into the occasional Zoom call or put a tiny picture-in-picture video of yourself into a game stream (after all, it would take some seriously capable internet to stream 4K video on an uplink connection). But, if you’re recording your videos and need pristine video, then the AVerMedia Live Streamer 4K Cam PW513 is what you’ll want.
This webcam will capture 4K video at 30fps or can dial up to 60fps for 1080p recording. The camera will capture a 94-degree field of view, and it has a swiveling base to let you aim it where you need. Just note that this level of performance requires a bit more from your PC, so ensure you’ve got a USB 3.0 port available and a computer that meets the minimum specs.
7. Logitech C930e
Best Webcam for Work
Okay, this might look like we just added the same Logitech webcam for the third time between C920S and C922, but stick with us here because the Logitech C930E is by far the best webcam for work. Although it records videos at the same 1080p and 30fps as a few of our picks, this webcam comes with a premium Carl Zeiss lens. It also has one of the widest pictures thanks to the lens’ 90-degree field of view.
The end result is video calls that look cleaner, sharper, and bigger. Its perfect for group meetings or family video calls if you have multiple people in the same room as you. Of course, that nice lens comes at a premium and it costs nearly twice as much as the C920S.
8. Logitech StreamCam
Best High-End Webcam
The Logitech StreamCam is just about the only webcam on the market that lets you record both at 1080p and 60fps. The StreamCam also features a fancy built-in omnidirectional microphone complete with a small noise filter.
The SteamCam has auto-exposure and auto-focus features, and it comes with a completely streaming software suite. You also get a tripod mount along with the regular monitor mount, and you can even rotate the camera if you prefer to shoot smartphone-style video in a portrait orientation.
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