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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique webcams rating which considers: 3,500 US prices • 13,000 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Logitech C525

474 Reviews

$14.00

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May 2011
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Logitech C615

573 Reviews
Lanoc.org - Recommended

$18.00

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May 2011
#3

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Logitech C310

726 Reviews
IT Reviews.com - Recommended

$10.00

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Mar 2011
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

144 Reviews
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$13.99

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May 2011
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Logitech C922

794 Reviews
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$9.49

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Oct 2016
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Logitech C170

416 Reviews

$9.99

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May 2011
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Logitech C270

561 Reviews
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$10.30

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Jul 2011
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Microsoft LifeCam HD‑3000

$15.00

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Sep 2012
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Logitech B525

26 Reviews

$15.00

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Aug 2011
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Microsoft LifeCam Studio

278 Reviews
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$24.97

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Sep 2012
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Logitech C110

42 Reviews

$10.00

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May 2011
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85

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Logitech C925E

9 Reviews

$52.99

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Logitech HD Pro C920

126 Reviews
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$45.00

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Aug 2015
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Logitech C930E

550 Reviews
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$50.00

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Feb 2017
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Logitech C160

$8.00

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Mar 2012
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Creative Labs Creative Labs Live! Cam

219 Reviews

$14.99

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Logitech C200

24 Reviews

$17.50

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Jun 2009
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Creative Labs Live! Cam Sync HD

$10.00

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Logitech C910

149 Reviews
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$30.00

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Oct 2010

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Logitech B910 HD

39 Reviews

$29.40

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What Are The Best Webcam Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every webcam and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning webcams.

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Logitech Webcams 79 $7 - $429
88%
6,340 reviews
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HP Webcams 26 $13 - $170
71%
98 reviews
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Microsoft Webcams 22 $9 - $77
68%
772 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a Full HD Webcam?
AA Full HD (High-Definition) Webcam is one capable of recording video at a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
QWhat is face tracking on a webcam?
AFace tracking is special software to allow the webcam to recognise the face of the user, and automatically swivel and move to keep their face centre-frame.
QWhy is a microphone useful on a webcam?
AMicrophones are useful extras for a webcam, since they can then be used for full video calls via Skype or Facetime.

Webcam Buying Guide

Most laptops have a built-in webcam these days, although PC owners are not so lucky. Finding the right webcam does not have to be difficult and web cameras are cheaper than you might think. With so much competition between manufacturers like Logitech, Microsoft, HP and Genius, the quality of web cams is constantly improving and some great bargains can be found.

The first step in finding the best webcam to buy is to identify the features you need: Simpler and cheaper webcams will have fewer features and are ideal for staying in touch with friends and family. For professional use, might want a more expensive webcam that supports video conferencing and is capable of producing a high quality image.

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Video Resolution (Megapixels)

The resolution of webams has been improving and is no longer as much of an issue as it used to be. Most webcams today have 720p and 1080p Full HD resolution. A higher video resolution will result in a clearer image. If you want to use your webcam for high quality streaming video make sure you choose a cam with at least Full HD (approximately 2 megapixel) or higher resolution such as 2560x1920.

Still Image Resolution (Megapixels)

Many webcams can take higher resolution still images compared to their maximum video resolution. This is ideal if you want to use your webcam to take high quality photos.

Frame Rate

The frame rate states how many images per second your webcam can take, which are then com. Aim for at least 30 frames per second (fps) for standard use to ensure your webcam’s streaming video appears smooth and without judder. For an even smoother, higher quality moving image choose a webcam with 60fps or above.

Not all webcams can retain a high frame rate and a high resolution at the same time. The maximum frame rate you can stream also depends on your video chat application.

Lens Material

Cheaper webcams will have a lens made out of plastic, which is sufficient for Skype calls. Better quality webcams use glass lenses, which produce a higher quality and more vivid image.

Low Light Quality

Some webcams such as those with Logitech’s RightLight Technology can ensure video recorded in low light conditions has sufficient contrast and clarity. If you plan to use your webcam mostly in the evenings or with a reduced light environment, make sure that it can handle low light conditions.

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Keep in mind that the image quality you will experience does not only depend on your webcam. The speed of your Internet connection, how fast your computer and graphics card can process and display video, and the resolution of your screen or monitor all affect the final result.

Microphone

Make sure your webcam has a built-in microphone (most do). While the sound quality of a small built-in microphone won’t be great, it will be perfectly sufficient for Skype calls.

Higher end models support noise cancelling. If you are planning on recording seminars or tutorials to post on YouTube you might want to consider investing into an external microphone which will give a much better sound quality.

Some higher-end webcams aimed a video conferencing include a remote so you can control the webcam when sitting in a meeting. Depending on the webcam you can control camera pan, tilt and zoom, volume adjustments and answering and ending calls.

Autofocus, Manual Focus and Face Tracking

Your webcam will attempt to focus on a subject in a scene to make sure the image stays sharp and clear. Face tracking webcams will find your face and stay focused on you. Even if you move around, the camera will quickly refocus on you.

If there is a lot of activity in a scene and your webcam does not support face tracking, the autofocus can get confused and focus on the wrong part of the picture. In this case a webcam that allows manual focussing might be a better solution.

Included Software & Video Effects

Some webcam models come with software that allows you to get creative (or silly!) while recording. You can also use your cam with software that was included with your comouter or that you purchased independently.

Supported Operating Systems

Most webcams include drivers for popular operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX. Make sure the webcam you are looking to buy supports the type and version of computer operating system you have installed, particularly if you are running a less common OS like Unix, Linux or older versions such as Windows 8 or Windows XP.

Webcam Retailers, Prices and Features

Webcam Prices

In total we found 83 webcams ranging from $6 to $429. A new webcam costs on average $50 and 80% of webcams are priced between $9 and $100. The Logitech QuickCam is the cheapest webcam at only $7, and Logitech QuickCam Pro is the most expensive at $429.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Axis webcams with an average price of $195. Axis webcams start at $195 and their most expensive webcam costs $195.

Creative webcams range in price from $100 to $100, and the average price of Creative webcams is $100 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands.

The average price of Chuango webcams is $96 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands. Chuango webcams start at $96 and their most expensive webcam costs $96.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 701 expert reviews and 8,063 user reviews for webcams and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is HP with 70% and the third best brand is Microsoft with 68%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 78 current offers for webcams from eBay making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 13 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 9 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new webcams. Two new webcams were released in January 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. The biggest month in 2018 for new webcam releases was June, with seven new webcams released that month. April was the biggest month in 2017 for new webcams, with four new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

New webcams drop in price by an average of 28% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $14 on a typical $50 new webcam by waiting 6 months before buying.

Built-in Microphones

A webcam with built-in microphone allows you to record sound and video at the same time.

Of the 558 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 85% of webcams are webcams with a built-in microphone.

A built-in microphone is essential when using the webcam for video calls and you will not need to attach an external microphone to your computer or laptop. If you want to use a webcam to record images only, a built-in microphone is not required.

Maximum Video Resolutions

A higher maximum video resolution will increase the sharpness of the images the webcam is recording. A Full HD webcam will have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The most frequently found maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 640 x 480 pixels. We found 140 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. We found 104 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, making 1280 x 720 pixels the second most common maximum video resolution amongst new webcams.

A higher maximum video resolution will generally result in sharper and higher quality video, although it is not the only factor contributing to the overall image quality of the webcam.

Full HD

A Full HD webcam can record video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Of the 558 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 451 out of 558 are not full HD webcams and only 107 webcams (19%) are full HD webcams.

Full HD indicates that the webcam can record at a fairly high resolution, resulting in a sharper picture.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer it shows the total number of webcams where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying webcams. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 67 of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for webcams by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of webcam prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's webcam prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 85.9% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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