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C110

Logitech C110

31 Reviews
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Dec 2011
A low cost and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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C200

Logitech C200

15 Reviews
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$8.02

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Apr 2010
A classic and affordable 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with terrific features
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C500

Logitech C500

20 Reviews
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May 2010
A classic and sensationally cheap 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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C270 HD

Logitech C270 HD

205 Reviews
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$8.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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May 2016
An excellently reviewed and low cost 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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4310100

Digital Innovations 4310100

39 Reviews
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$9.81

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Oct 2013
An affordable and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with exceptional features
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QuickCam

Logitech QuickCam

362 Reviews + 15 Awards
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$8.39

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Jan 2011
The highest rated webcam under $50, with features
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C270

Logitech C270

546 Reviews + 1 Award
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$21.99

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Apr 2011
A low cost and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with terrific features
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C170

Logitech C170

384 Reviews
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$10.00

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May 2011
A classic and low cost 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with superb features
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QuickCam Deluxe

Logitech QuickCam Deluxe

12 Reviews
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$6.45

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May 2009
An affordable and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with fantastic features
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C310

Logitech C310

906 Reviews + 1 Award
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$7.69

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Feb 2017
A top-value and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with outstanding features
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HD Pro C920

Logitech HD Pro C920

954 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$5.69

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Aug 2017
A multi award winning and very good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a recent release date and features
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C922

Logitech C922

55 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Oct 2016
A multi award winning and low cost 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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C260

Logitech C260

452 Reviews + 1 Award
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$14.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Mar 2012
An award winning and low cost 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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C615

Logitech C615

743 Reviews + 1 Award
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Aug 2015
A cheap and award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with features
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C250

Logitech C250

68 Reviews
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$11.50

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Dec 2011
A low cost and classic 800 x 600 pixels resolution webcam, with excellent features
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C525

Logitech C525

629 Reviews + 1 Award
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$15.99

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Feb 2017
The top scoring webcam under $100, with terrific features
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HP 1300

101 Reviews
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$28.07

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Dec 2012
A bargain price and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with fantastic features
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B525

Logitech B525

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$19.99

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Jul 2015
An excellently reviewed and astoundingly cheap 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with marvellous features
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LifeCam VX-800

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

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$16.36

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Jul 2011
An affordable and fully loaded 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam
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C510

Logitech C510

240 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$25.00

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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.

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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

Webcams range in price from $4 to $589 and in total we found prices for 105 webcams. A new webcam costs on average $67 and 80% of webcams are priced between $9 and $166. The Sony PlayStation Eye is the cheapest webcam at only $5, and Logitech PTZ Pro Camera is the most expensive at $589.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Panasonic webcams with an average price of $390. Panasonic webcams range in price from $390 to $390.

Livestream webcams range in price from $249 to $249, and the average price of Livestream webcams is $249 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands.

Brickcom webcams start at $215 and the most expensive Brickcom webcam costs $215. The third highest average webcam price out of all brands is Brickcom webcams with an average price of $215.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 401 expert reviews and 19,920 user reviews for webcams and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of webcam. Cisco is the top rated webcam brand with an average rating of 95%. Logitech is the second best brand with 89% and Gear Head is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 89 current webcam offers from eBay. The second biggest webcam retailer is Amazon US with 87 offers. That means eBay is very close in size to Amazon US when it comes to webcams. Pricefalls is the third biggest retailer with 12 current offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

February to April is the most common period for new webcams to be released in. If you want the latest webcam features you may be best waiting until February 2018. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current webcams tend to drop off when the next models are released. In 2017 most new webcams were released in February, with five new webcams released that month. March was the biggest month in 2016 for new webcams, with six new webcams released that month. In April 2015 eight new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

New webcams drop in price by an average of 25% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new webcam costing $67, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $17.

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.

We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes this the most popular maximum video resolution amongst new webcams. We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, making 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels the second most frequently found 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 250 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 168 webcams out of 250 are not full HD webcams and only 82 out of 250 webcams are full HD webcams.

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

Built-In Microphones

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

Of the 250 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 214 out of 250 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.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 89 current offers for webcams from eBay making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 87 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Pricefalls with 12 current webcam offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest webcam prices (found to be cheapest for 80 webcams).

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on webcams is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 89.9% of its webcams.