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C200

Logitech C200

15 Reviews
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$9.99

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Apr 2010
The highest scoring webcam under $50, with very good features
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C270 HD

Logitech C270 HD

205 Reviews
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$8.00

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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May 2016
A breathtakingly cheap and excellently reviewed 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
#3

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4310100

Digital Innovations 4310100

39 Reviews
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$9.81

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640 X 480 Pixels
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Oct 2013
A low cost and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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C110

Logitech C110

30 Reviews
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$8.00

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640 X 480 Pixels
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Dec 2011
A classic and bargain price 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
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89

C170

Logitech C170

384 Reviews
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$10.00

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May 2011
A low cost and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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C500

Logitech C500

20 Reviews
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$12.99

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1280 X 1024 Pixels
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May 2010
An affordable and classic 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
#7

89

C260

Logitech C260

452 Reviews + 1 Award
laptopworld.dk - Good for the Price
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$14.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Mar 2012
An award winning and bargain price 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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1300

HP 1300

101 Reviews
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$24.76

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Dec 2012
The highest rated webcam under $100, with great features
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89

LifeCam VX-800

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

102 Reviews
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$18.99

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640 X 480 Pixels
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Jul 2011
A fully featured and affordable 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam
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88

QuickCam Pro

Logitech QuickCam Pro

139 Reviews + 4 Awards
ocia.net - ApprovedDigital Versus - 5 StarPocket Lint - Hot Productcomputershopper.com - Editor's Choice
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$7.99

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1600 X 1200 Pixels
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Jun 2009
A sensationally cheap and multi award winning 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
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C250

Logitech C250

70 Reviews
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$11.50

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800 X 600 Pixels
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Dec 2011
A classic and staggeringly cheap 800 x 600 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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88

C270

Logitech C270

546 Reviews + 1 Award
hwt.dk - Gold Product of the Year
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$19.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Apr 2011
An affordable and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
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88

LifeCam Cinema

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

878 Reviews + 7 Awards
pcforalla.idg.se - Good ChoiceTrusted Reviews - Recommendedclubic.com - Very Goodpcfoster.pl - Recommended
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$23.79

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Sep 2012
An affordable and multi award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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C525

Logitech C525

638 Reviews
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$15.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Feb 2017
An award winning and great value for money 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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87

QuickCam Deluxe

Logitech QuickCam Deluxe

12 Reviews
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$6.42

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May 2009
An affordable and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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87

HD Pro C920

Logitech HD Pro C920

965 Reviews + 8 Awards
pureoverclock.com - Editor's Choicepinoyunboxing.com - PlatinumLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Star
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$25.00

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1920 X 1080 Pixels
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Aug 2017
A bargain price and multi award winning 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution webcam, with a recent release date and great features
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87

B525

Logitech B525

11 Reviews
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$18.99

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1280 X 720 Pixels
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Jul 2015
An excellently reviewed and very cheap 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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HD-3000

Microsoft HD‑3000

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$14.94

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Apr 2016
A very highly rated and affordable 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
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86

PlayStation Eye

Sony PlayStation Eye

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$4.79

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Apr 2012
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C310

Logitech C310

705 Reviews
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$7.69

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Feb 2017
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What Are The Best Webcam Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every webcam made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated webcam brand is Logitech with an average rating of 82%.

Logo Brand Number of Webcams Price Range Average Rating
Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 42 $3 - $589 82%
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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

Webcams range in price from $4 to $589 and in total we found prices for 107 webcams. On average, a new webcam costs $68 and 80% of webcams are priced between $8 and $150. The cheapest webcam that we found is the Sony PlayStation Eye at only $5, and the most expensive is the Logitech PTZ Pro Camera at $589.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The average price of Brickcom webcams is $215 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands. Brickcom webcams range in price from $215 to $215.

Viewsonic webcams range in price from $209 to $209, and the second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Viewsonic webcams with an average price of $209.

The third highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of $195. Livestream webcams range in price from $195 to $195.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 400 expert reviews and 20,617 user reviews for webcams and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of webcam. Cisco is the top rated webcam brand with an average rating of 95%. Gear Head is the second best brand with 89% and Logitech is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 87 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 85 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 7 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

The most common period for new webcams to be released in is between February and April. For the latest webcam features you may want to consider waiting until February 2018. Also the price of the current webcams may drop off just before the latest models are released in February. In 2017 most new webcams were released in February, with five new webcams released that month. In March 2016 six new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. Eight new webcams were released in April 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 26% on average. That means a saving of $17 on a typical $68 new webcam if you wait 6 months before buying.

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.

Amongst new webcams, the most popular maximum video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 92 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 92 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 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 253 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 166 webcams (66%) are not full HD webcams and only 82 out of 253 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 253 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are webcams with a built-in microphone. 211 out of 253 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.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 87 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 85 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 7 current webcam offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Webcams?

The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on webcams is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 82 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest webcam prices (found to be cheapest for 94.3% of its webcams).