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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every webcam on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 595 webcams, 17,000 reviews and 2,010 prices. Last updated 19 September 2017.

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#1 Logitech C200

C200
An excellent value for money and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
96
Reviews
15 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jun 2009
Release Date
eBay $5.00
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$16.99
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#2 Logitech C260

C260
The best rated webcam under $50, with great features
97
Reviews
19 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Mar 2011
Release Date
eBay $16.99
Amazon US $21.00
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$11.62

#3 Digital Innovations 4310100

4310100
A low cost and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
96
Reviews
33 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Oct 2013
Release Date
eBay $11.62
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$22.00
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#4 Logitech B525

B525
A top-value and excellently reviewed 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
96
Reviews
9 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jul 2015
Release Date
eBay $22.00
Tech For Less $42.97
Amazon US $51.00
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$15.49
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#5 Logitech C110

C110
A top-value and classic 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
96
Reviews
31 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Dec 2011
Release Date
eBay $15.49
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$8.50
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#6 Logitech QuickCam

QuickCam
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An affordable and multi award winning 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with very good features
94
Reviews
18 Awards
99
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jan 2011
Release Date
eBay $8.50
Amazon US $10.12
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$7.99
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#7 Logitech C170

C170
An amazingly highly rated and low cost 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
95
Reviews
363 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2016
Release Date
eBay $7.99
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$14.96
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#8 Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

LifeCam VX-800
A top-value and fully featured 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Feb 2014
Release Date
eBay $14.96
Amazon US $30.00
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$25.88
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#9 Foscam FI8909W

FI8909W
A critically acclaimed and impressive value for money 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
93
Reviews
18 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
640 X 480 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Sep 2012
Release Date
eBay $25.88
Amazon US $44.52
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$10.00
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#10 Logitech C270

C270
hwt.dk - Gold Product of the YearExpert Reviews - Budget Buy
A bargain price and award winning 1280 x 720 pixels resolution webcam, with great features
94
Reviews
2 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Overall Score
Excellent
No
Yes
1280 X 720 pixels
Full HD
Built-In Microphone
Maximum Video Resolution
Jun 2012
Release Date
eBay $10.00
Amazon US $16.51
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Webcam Brands

Find out how webcam brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their webcams. Click on a link to compare all webcams made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Webcams Price Range Average Rating
Logitech logo Logitech Webcams 41 $5 - $450 82%
Other brands Other Webcam Brands 63 $5 - $509

Finding the Right Webcam

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.

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.

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.

Remote Control

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. For example, Dell’s FastAccess is a facial recognition program that eliminates the need to enter passwords. Using your webcam, your computer will recognise your face and open your email or other applications as soon as you sit on your computer.

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.

Manufacturer’s Warranty & Support

Check the length of the manufacturer’s warranty before buying a webcam. Most manufacturers also allow you to download drivers, updates and webcam manuals from their websites.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Webcam

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.

Webcam Retailers, Prices and Features

Webcam Prices

In total we found 103 webcams ranging from $4 to $509. A new webcam costs on average $73 and 80% of webcams are priced between $12 and $180. The Mobotix MX-P25-N016 is the most expensive webcam that we found at $509, and the Sony PlayStation Eye is the cheapest at only $5.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

Mobotix webcams start at $509 and the most expensive Mobotix webcam costs $509. The highest average webcam price out of all brands is Mobotix webcams with an average price of $509.

The average price of Cisco webcams is $233 which is the second highest average price of all webcam brands. Cisco webcams start at $233 and the most expensive Cisco webcam costs $233.

Viewsonic webcams start at $200 and the most expensive Viewsonic webcam costs $200. The average price of Viewsonic webcams is $200 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 456 expert reviews and 20,453 user reviews for webcams written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of webcam. Digital Innovations is the top rated webcam brand with an average rating of 95%. Cisco is the second best brand with 93% and Logitech is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 89 current offers for webcams from Amazon US making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is very close in size to the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 88 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 7 current webcam offers.

When Are Most New Webcams Released?

February to March is the most common period for new webcams to be released in. For the latest webcam features you may want to consider waiting until February 2018. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current webcams cheaper in February once the latest models have been released. In March 2016 five new webcams were released making it the biggest month that year for new webcam releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new webcam releases was July, with 11 new webcams released that month. In 2014 most new webcams were released in February, with 31 new webcams released that month.

How Fast Do Webcam Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 31% on average. That means a saving of $22 on a typical $73 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.

The most common maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The second most common maximum video resolution amongst new webcams is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 90 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels.

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 255 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 174 webcams (68%) are not full HD webcams and only 81 out of 255 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.

The vast majority of the 255 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo are webcams with a built-in microphone. 220 webcams out of 255 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

The biggest webcam retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 89 current webcam offers from Amazon US. The second biggest webcam retailer is eBay with 88 offers. That means Amazon US is very close in size to eBay when it comes to webcams. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 7 current 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 79 webcams.

Proportion of Webcams for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 89.8% of its webcams, eBay is most frequently the cheapest webcam store.

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