The 10 Best Webcams

Updated October 18, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 36 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you are Skyping with family and friends, putting in a home security system, or installing professional voice and video conferencing capabilities for the office, one of the webcams from our comprehensive selection will be perfect for your needs. Some of them even come with their own microphone and speaker setups. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best webcam on Amazon.

10. Creative Live! Cam Sync HD

Those concerned about security will appreciate that the Creative Live! Cam Sync HD can be password locked. Also, it features Live! Central 3 software that allows it to function like a home security camera and stream live feeds for remote viewing.
  • works with macs windows and linux
  • multi-language menu
  • video recordings are a little grainy
Brand Creative
Model 73VF077000000
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Ausdom AW615

If you are looking for crisp video quality at a budget-friendly price, the Ausdom AW615 is worth considering. It's a full 1080p camera that creates mid-range recordings, but it suffers from a noticeable amount of lag when streaming.
  • connects via usb
  • good audio on skype calls
  • a bit of motion blur
Brand Ausdom
Model AW615
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Logitech HD C615

The viewing angle on the Logitech HD C615 might not be as wide as some of its competition, but its 8MP sensor and its ability to swivel 360 degrees allow you to capture clear, high-resolution images and to move the camera around the room as you see fit.
  • extremely portable design
  • close-up autofocus
  • cord length is extremely short
Brand Logitech HD C615
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Hue HD Pro

The Hue HD Pro is useful in a variety of applications, from basic duty as a home webcam, to daily use as a school document cam, and more. It features a flexible neck and a sturdy base that allow you to record from virtually any angle.
  • wide view captures a full a4 page
  • great for making animated videos
  • not the best image quality
Brand HueHD
Model 5060167261398
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

6. Logitech C930e

The 90-degree viewing angle on the Logitech C930e allows you to capture a big chunk of most rooms, as well as the people therein. It's certified for Microsoft Lync and Skype systems, but the H.264 video compression is known to be problematic with Windows 10 Anniversary.
  • multiple mounting options
  • autofocus and light correction
  • includes a lens closure cap
Brand Logitech
Model 960-000971
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Trustin Minoru

Not only does the Trustin Minoru have a unique and fun shape (it looks like a little creature sitting on your monitor), but it also makes video chatting more fun. It captures and transmits video and still images in 3D, though you can set it to normal mode when needed.
  • includes 5 pairs of 3d glasses
  • eyes light up when recording
  • hard to find driver updates for it
Brand Trustin
Weight 9.1 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Aver Information Cam520

What sets the Aver Information Cam520 apart from the rest of the pack is its excellent lens. It reaches a nearly 90˚ field of view at the wide angle while opening up to an ƒ/1.8 aperture, making it an ideal choice for working in low light.
  • remote pan and tilt
  • 12x optical zoom
  • records 1080p at 60 fps
Brand AVer Information Inc.
Model COMSCA520
Weight 10.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Logitech C922x Pro

The 15MP sensor in the Logitech C922x Pro can stream or record in full 1080p HD. A pair of omnidirectional mics at either end of the camera body pick up clean, crisp sound with minimal background interference. But users of Windows 10 Anniversary should look elsewhere.
  • autofocuses to follow movement
  • status leds on the sides
  • compresses video for fast uploads
Brand Logitech
Model 960-001176
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

Compact and affordable with true 720p HD video, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 serves the needs of the average home user. It works well in most lighting conditions and comes with a universal base that can attach to any desktop or laptop.
  • works with old and new windows os
  • captures sound from all directions
  • four times digital zoom
Brand Microsoft
Model T3H-00011
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Logitech Conference System

The Logitech Conference System will ensure you have video and audio conference calls with crisp sound and clear video. It's perfect for online business meetings and features wide-range, noise-cancelling mics, but it may freeze up if you use Windows 10 Anniversary edition.
  • works with app of your choice
  • 90-degree full-room view
  • omnidirectional speakerphone
Brand Logitech
Model 960-001054
Weight 8.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

"But Doesn't My Computer Already Have a Camera?" -- Cue Laugh Track

The first webcams in the 1990s were installed in public places and provided the kind of live, linked feeds employed worldwide today by everything from police departments to traffic reporters and creepy neighbors. Most of us, however, can think of a time before video chat. You remember when we had to walk to school up hill both ways in ten feet of snow, and we ate dirt and were grateful, and dinosaurs roamed the earth?

Well, those days are gone, and now almost everyone has a camera of some kind built into their devices, be they computers, tablets, or cell phones. But, generally speaking, those cameras aren't so good. Make no mistake, there may be billboards with beautiful pictures from your iPhone 1000 S Plus Infinity Supreme Deluxe LE all over the city, but they weren't taken with the front-facing camera, which is the one you use for video conferencing.

Those front-facing cameras tend to be a fraction of the quality that phone companies place on the back, which is where the "serious photography" takes place.

So, you need something sharper, more capable, and more versatile than those little guys, perhaps for business conferencing, perhaps for personal use. Whatever the need, the cameras available today far outshine their ancient ancestors.

With a combination of today's hardware and video conferencing software, the big screens in your conference room can feel more like windows into a room next door than they might feel like fuzzy broadcasts from the nether reaches of Antarctica. The thing about these technologies is you've got to see them in action to appreciate them.

Just Like a Camera, But Different!

In the age of digital cameras, not too much has changed about what makes one camera sharper or better in low light than another. Most folks go straight to megapixels and only care to compare that number. Please, don't be one of those people.

I don't care how many megapixels your camera sensor has. If the lens letting the light hit it isn't up to snuff, megapixels will never matter. And in the world of lenses there are a few important variables to consider. One of those variables is size.

That's right, and I'm sorry fellas, but this is one of those fields in which size definitely matters. The best telescopes in the world are enormous for a reason, and it's not just about magnification. It's also about light collecting area: the wider the lens is at its first element (the glass part that you see), the more data it can collect. So, a bigger, wider lens is bound to take in more light information. That's also why the best lenses for still photography and big budget movies are so large.

Another thing to consider is aperture, which is a pain to explain technically, but is usually represented by a fairly simple number. Some webcams advertise this number proudly; others never mention it. What you need to know is that the smaller the aperture number is, the more light the lens can let in, and that will drastically improve a camera's performance in bad lighting. What's a good number? Anything below 5.6.

Science Fact: The Webcam's Long Journey to Reality

One of the most pervasive examples of the video call in our culture is, of course, the classic scene of personal failure in Back to the Future 2, in which a beleaguered Future Marty McFly loses his job. The technology was also extensively used in an under-celebrated aquatic sci-fi television series called SeaQuest. There are plenty of examples, but it took a great long while for the technology to catch up with our dreams of it.

That day first came in 1991, when some eminently practical students in the computer laboratory at Cambridge University pointed a web-connected camera at the communal coffee pot outside the Trojan Room. The students gave everybody on the local network access to the live image, as the idea, apparently, was to enable students in other parts of the building to save themselves a trip to the coffee pot in case it was empty. That camera ran for 10 years, and its final image was preserved for all to see.

Later, around the same time the first commercial webcams became available in 1994, the University of San Francisco launched their FogCam, which still runs to this day, and is the oldest webcam still in operation.

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Last updated on October 18, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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