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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique webcams rating which considers: 2,200 US prices • 32,000 expert & user reviews • 670 product comparisons • 190 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Logitech C270

3,500 Reviews
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$7.29

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Apr 2011
The top scoring webcam under $50, with very good features
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89

Logitech C170

167 Reviews
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$4.99

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Sep 2012
A classic and phenomenally cheap built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
#3

89

Logitech C525

1,407 Reviews
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$20.00

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May 2011
A classic and affordable built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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89

Logitech QuickCam

553 Reviews
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$7.99

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Jan 2011
The highest scoring full HD webcam available, with very good features
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88

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD

1,185 Reviews
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$8.50

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Sep 2015
The highest rated webcam under $100, with great features
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Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

39 Reviews
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$39.50

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Sep 2013
A classic and low cost built-in microphone webcam, with great features
#7

88

Logitech C310

1,468 Reviews
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$12.95

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May 2010
A very good value for money and award winning built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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88

Sony PlayStation Eye

2 Reviews
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$5.79

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Apr 2012
A low cost and best selling built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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87

Microsoft LifeCam HD‑3000

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$14.58

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Sep 2012
An impressive value for money and fully featured built-in microphone webcam
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87

Logitech HD Pro C920

3,847 Reviews
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$30.00

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Dec 2013
The highest review score full HD webcam around
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87

Logitech C200

26 Reviews
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$7.36

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Apr 2010
A classic and amazingly cheap built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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87

Logitech C615

1,695 Reviews
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$26.99

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May 2011
An award winning and great value for money built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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HP 1300

101 Reviews
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$26.53

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Jun 2012
A top-value and classic built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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85

Pyle PLCM18SC

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$20.21

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Mar 2013
A fully featured and affordable webcam
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85

Pyle PLCM38FRV

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$18.57

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Oct 2011
A top-value and fully featured 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam
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85

Logitech C930e

459 Reviews
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$49.99

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Feb 2017
A cheap and award winning built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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84

Microsoft LifeCam Studio

97 Reviews
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$25.00

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Sep 2013
A classic and good value for money built-in microphone webcam, with great features
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84

Microsoft LifeCam VX‑800

30 Reviews
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$55.00

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Feb 2014
An affordable and classic built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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84

Creative Labs Creative Labs Live! Cam

351 Reviews
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$23.74

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Oct 2016
A positively reviewed and affordable built-in microphone webcam, with very good features
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84

Creative Labs Live! Cam Chat HD

143 Reviews
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$19.98

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Apr 2014
An affordable and fully featured built-in microphone webcam

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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 89%. Compare all award winning webcams.

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Logitech Webcams 79 $5 - $449
89%
16,131 reviews
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Microsoft Webcams 21 $5 - $125
86%
3,548 reviews
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HP Webcams 27 $14 - $70
82%
311 reviews

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$14.50
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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

The price range of webcams is from $2 to $449 and in total we found prices for 143 webcams. The average price of a new webcam is $59 and the 80% of webcams are priced between $10 and $125. The cheapest webcam that we found is the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 at only $3, and the most expensive is the Logitech PTZ Pro Camera at $449.

Webcam Brands - Price Range

The average price of Infocus webcams is $399 which is the highest average price of all webcam brands. Infocus webcams start at $399 and their most expensive webcam costs $399.

Livestream webcams range in price from $299 to $299, and the second highest average webcam price out of all brands is Livestream webcams with an average price of $299.

Brickcom webcams start at $165 and their most expensive webcam costs $165. The average price of Brickcom webcams is $165 which is the third highest average price of all webcam brands.

Webcam Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 676 expert reviews and 23,740 user reviews for webcams from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of webcam. The top three webcam brands are Logitech, Microsoft and HP. Logitech has an average rating of 89%, Microsoft has an average rating of 86% and HP has an average rating of 82%.

Biggest Webcam Retailers

We found 117 current offers for webcams from Amazon US making it the biggest webcam retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 94 current offers for webcams. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 11 current webcam 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 want to consider waiting until February 2019. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current webcams cheaper in February once the latest models have been released. February was the biggest month in 2017 for new webcams, with three new webcams released that month. In 2016 most new webcams were released in September, with 27 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?

In the first 6 months after release, webcams drop in price by 31% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $18 on a typical $59 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 557 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.

Amongst new webcams, the most frequently found maximum video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels. We found 139 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. We found 103 webcams that are webcams that have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, making 1280 x 720 pixels the second most popular 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 557 new webcams currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are not full HD webcams. 451 out of 557 are not full HD webcams and only 106 out of 557 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. 73 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. 77.7% of their webcam prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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